Saturday, 23 September 2017

Time to have your say.

Morizane Boyes - President of Mind Sports South Africa
Unlike any other esports organisation in South Africa, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) offers its members an opportunity to decide on the direction that esports shall take in South Africa.

How is this done?

Through MSSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) member clubs are able to propose motions, and vote on issues that directly have an impact on the disciplines and games that fall under MSSA's jurisdiction.

Any motion timeously submitted by a member club must be be tabled on the agenda of such AGM.

All member clubs then vote on any such motion which allows the majority to have their say.

However, more importantly, it is at such AGM that MSSA elects its office-bearers - whether they stand for the Management Board, Provincial Directorships, and/or Regional Directorships.

Since MSSA is driven by good governance, no person may hold more than one position. Also, any Registered Player in good-standing at the date of nomination may stand for any available position. To stand, the Registered Player must be nominated by an affiliated member club (also in good-standing) and must sign the letter of undertaking.

Remember that these, although voluntary, positions are work positions. Even though there is no pay, MSSA expects its office-bearers to be as professional as possible.

Positions on the Management Board (these positions have a three-year term) that are available for the 2017 AGM are:
  • Two (2) Vice-President positions,
  • One (1) Figure gaming Representative, and
  • One (1) National Schools Director.
Nominations must be submitted by member clubs by 1 November 2017 and all nominees must be fully-paid-up for the 2017/2018 year.

It's all go, go, go...


Few understand the amount of work required by a national federation to get an official team overseas.

In esports, only one organisation has consistently sent teams overseas.

Such organisation is Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), South Africa's largest membership based gaming organisation in South Africa.

MSSA has sent teams for esports overseas since 2005. Only in 2008, MSSA did  not send a team overseas. Instead in 2008, MSSA brought out SK Gaming to participate in the African Continental Championships that were held at Wits University in 2008.

Thus MSSA's  MANCOM is hard at work organising, sourcing, and tying up all the loose ends that will see the 2017 Protea Esports Team head off for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Polokwane Regional Championships - 30 September and 1 October 2017

Championship Details:
  • Hosting Club: Fragcon Gaming - 
  • Contact:  Petrus Maartens @ 084 637 1568 or fragcongaming@gmail.com
  • Venue: Tom Naude High School, Potgieter Avenue, Polokwane
  • Date: 30 September and 1 October 2017
  • Game Entry Fees: R100.00 per Player per weekend team game & individual game.                                 R50.00 per Player per game.
  • Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their players.
  • Food & refreshments: Highly reasonable prices


Spectators are welcome!

The schedule for the event is:
SATURDAY:
Time
CounterStrike: GO
League of Legends (LoL)
Pro Evolution Soccer
Injustice 2
09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
09H45
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
10H30
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
11H15
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
12H00
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
12H45
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
13H00




Time
CounterStrike  (continued)
LoL (continued)
PES (continued)
HearthStone (continued)
14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close
SUNDAY:
Time
StarCraft II
Tekken 7
Street Fighter

09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts

09H45
Round 2 Starts
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues

10H30
Round 3 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts

11H15
Round 4 Starts
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues

12H00
Round 5 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts

12H45

Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues

13H00
LUNCH
Time
Dota (continued)
Tekken 7  (continued)
Street Fighter (continued)

14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts

14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues

15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts

16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues

17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close


See more about the event on: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/09/the-polokwane-regional-championship-30.html

Request for nominations for MSSA's 2017 Management Board Awards

Matthew Smith - MSSA's 2016 Computer Gamer of the Year.
Back in 2009, Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA) started its Management Board Awards.

The Awards were designed to recognise the contribution made by those who gave selflessly, and/or made an impact, to the promotion of the various types of gaming under the jurisdiction of MSSA.

The list is a veritable 'who's-who' in South African gaming.

Even though some of the 'names' have moved on to further their prospects in business, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall always fondly remember the winners and the incredible contribution that they made towards gaming.

Some, like Simphiwe Maphumulo and Morizane Boyes , became even more involved.

Both Simphiwe and Morizane moved from being great gamers to take up active roles in the administration of MSSA as President of the MSSA.

However, the time has once again arrived for members to make their nominations for MSSA's Management Board Awards.

The categories are:
  • Mind Sports Person of the Year 
  • Board Gamer of the Year 
  • Computer Gamer of the Year 
  • Wargamer of the Year 
  • Volunteer of the Year 
  • Writer of the Year 
  • Sponsor of the Year
If you wish to make a nomination, please submit such nomination in writing together with full motivation for such to mindsportssa@iafrica.com before 15 October 2017.

Such nomination must contain a detailed motivation for the Management Board to consider.

The period under review for nominations is 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Nominations must be sent to mindsportssa@gmail.com

The award is presented at MSSA's Annual General Meeting.

Past winners are:

YearMind Sports Person of the YearBoard Gamer of the YearComputer Gamer of the YearWargamer of the YearVolunteer of the YearWriter of the YearSponsor of the Year
2016Jason BatzofinLucille BrownMatthew SmithGarth SchoemanColin WebsterTamzyn Pamplin (MyComLink)SterKinekor
2015Elishia RetiefLubabalo KondloKyle TurnbullJason BatzofinMorizane BoyesAndrew Rose (MyComLink)MWEB
2014Morizan BoyesLubabalo KondloBarry WestElishia RetiefLouis BrownKyle Wolmarans (MWEB Gamezone)MWEB
2013Simphiwe MaphumuloSimphiwe MaphumuloLyrene KuhnColin WebsterDorian LoveHan Ciliiers (MWEB Gamezone)MWEB
2012Robert BothaSimphiwe MaphumuloGabriela IsaacsEugene BurgerLouis BrownHan Cilliers (MWEB Gamezone)GIGABYTE
2011Jaco EngelbrechtLubabalo KondloRobert BothaDavid VannucciRyan van den BerghAlexandra Kayle (ITWEB)ASUS
2010Frans BrewisSimphiwe MaphumuloNialle MomsenGregory LaycockRyan van den BerghJaco DiedericksIncredible Connection
2009Colin WebsterMothusi MoabiStephen WhiteEdward van TrotsenburgRyan van den BerghMuhammed Nagdee (Verge)Incredible Connection

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Registration of South Africans Abroad - ROSA


What is ROSA?

ROSA is the acronym for the ‘Registration of South Africans Abroad’, a software programme developed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation allowing travellers to register on-line.

The information travellers register on ROSA allows the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to assist South African citizens in event of an emergency.  The registration is a free, voluntary service provided by Government (through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation).  ROSA is only available to South African citizens who are travelling, living or working abroad.

ROSA is an initiative that is endorsed and supported by the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA). 

Why should I register?

Vast numbers of our people who travel abroad every day do not encounter any difficulties.  However, through our missions abroad, we have assisted a growing number of South Africans who have become victims of crime, accident/s, illness, death, natural/man-made disasters, civil unrest, or whose family and/or next-of-kin needed to contact them in an emergency.

Registration through this website is NOT considered proof of South African citizenship.  If you apply for any service from an Embassy, High Commission or Consulate General (mission) while abroad, you will be asked by staff to provide proof of South African citizenship, such as a passport or bar coded ID book / ID Smart card.

By registering your trip on-line with ROSA you assist the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to locate you during an emergency, verifying your status and liaising with your next-of-kin.  Information on ROSA is not continuously monitored and will only be accessed during a declared consular emergency.

Registration is voluntary and free of charge.  We encourage you to consider registration as an integral part of your travel planning and security.

How do I register?

The ROSA software is an on-line registration process available on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation website.  The address is http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/index.html

The ROSA software is unique as it allows for a traveller to:
  • register as an Individual Traveller
  • register as Group Travellers
  • register multiple destinations
  • update their profiles (Individual or Group)
  • de-register their profile from the system.  

How can the Embassy or Consulate assist me while I am abroad?


The 
Chief Directorate: Consular Services in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in close collaboration with the Consular Sections of South African Representatives abroad, provides consular services to South African citizens who work, live and travel abroad.

Consular Services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  On weekends and after hours, assistance is rendered in co-operation with the Department's Operations Room in Pretoria.  The Operations Room supports our 121 Representatives in 105 countries affording services that cover the entire world.

A detailed list of services is available at 
http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/services.htm

How will my information be used?

ROSA will be utilised by Consular Officers at Head Office or at a South African Mission abroad in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis as outlined above.

Only authorised officers of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have access to the information which will only be used in the event of an emergency.  This will enable the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to e.g. react by contacting the next-of-kin to verify the status of the South Africans travelling abroad that might have been affected by the emergency. 
 Registration and Privacy

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is committed to ensuring that any personal information received through the ROSA on-line registration process is safeguarded against unauthorised disclosure.

The Department will not disclose the information you provide through the registration application to any third parties (this includes family members) unless you have first given it written authorisation to do so.  In the event that family members make enquiries about your whereabouts, such requests will be forwarded to you.  You may choose to inform the mission of your decision to respond or not.

This internet site uses secure encryption to safeguard your privacy and therefore any unauthorised interception by third parties of the information you send via the internet is unlikely.  The Department does not accept responsibility for any such interception.
Important Notification

The responsibility remains with the individual traveller to-
  • act responsibly and be aware of the risks
  • consider and purchase full travel insurance or an overseas health plan
  • respect the culture and customs of the countries visited.
The consular assistance provided by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in the case of an emergency, is usually of a non-financial nature, and the Department will not be responsible for payment of legal, medical, travelling expenses or any other expenses on behalf of the traveller.

It is reiterated that information on ROSA is only accessed by the Department during a declared consular emergency.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Polokwane Regional Championship - 30 September and 1 October 2017.

Ready for the Polokwane Regional Championships?
The Polokwane Regional Championship shall be played on 30 September and 1 October 2017.

The championship also counts as a qualifier for the MSSA's National Team Trials as according to MSSA's rules, the winner of a Regional Championship automatically is invited to such National Team Trials.

Registrations will close on the 
22 September 2017. Late entries may be accepted. Players who wish to compete in any of MSSA's Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may register as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All gamers are reminded that the 
Polokwane Regional Championships is an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. If you have any queries, please contact the MSSA.

Championship Details:
Hosting Club
: Fragcon Gaming - 
  • Contact:  Petrus Maartens @ 084 637 1568 or fragcongaming@gmail.com
  • Venue: Tom Naude High School, Potgieter Avenue, Polokwane
  • Date: 30 September and 1 October 2017
  • Game Entry Fees: R100.00 per Player per weekend team game & individual game.                                 R50.00 per Player per game.
  • Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their players.
  • Food & refreshments: Highly reasonable prices

Spectators are welcome!


The schedule for the event is:
SATURDAY:
Time
CounterStrike: GO
League of Legends (LoL)
Pro Evolution Soccer
Injustice 2
09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
09H45
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
10H30
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
11H15
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
12H00
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
12H45
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
13H00




Time
CounterStrike  (continued)
LoL (continued)
PES (continued)
HearthStone (continued)
14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close
SUNDAY:
Time
StarCraft II
Tekken 7
Street Fighter

09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts

09H45
Round 2 Starts
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues

10H30
Round 3 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts

11H15
Round 4 Starts
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues

12H00
Round 5 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts

12H45

Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues

13H00
LUNCH
Time
Dota (continued)
Tekken 7  (continued)
Street Fighter (continued)

14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts

14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues

15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts

16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues

17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close

Rules and Regulations
: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the LAN Bylaws and all Period Specific Rules. If any Player wishes to provide advice regarding the drafting of the Period Specific Rules they are encouraged to contact MSSA who will take all comments into account.

The following Medals may be awarded at the MSSA's 2017 Polokwane Regional Championship:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in both category as above.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours. 
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.
  • Regional Colours: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall be awarded Regional Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials in such division. All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will earn an invitation to National Team Trials. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship
Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.