Thursday 17 October 2013
Transformation in South African gaming!
While watching SABC TV2 yesterday morning (16 October 2013(, the Minister of Sport and Recreation announced the finalists of the South African Sport Awards.
Mind Sports South Africa managed to get Simphiwe Maphumulo nominated for the Indigenous Sports Star of the Year Award. This means as a finalist, Simphiwe automatically picks up a check of R15,000.00 and if he wins the category at the Awards dinner, Simphiwe will get a check of R130,000.00.
This is why eSports is part of the sports structure – so that the gamer can benefit.
The Minister also made it clear that quota's will be enforced in sport.
It is known that the MSSA does as much as possible to ensure that there is representation of all South Africans in its teams.
However, what of privately owned events. The TELKOM DGL still seems to be 'milky white'. All you have to do is look at the photographs, and you will see very few people of colour.
According to the last census, whites only make up 8% of the population, but if you went to rAge, you would think that you were still living in a pre-1994 South Africa.
DSGL, and all other competitions, should get in line with the governments' priorities, otherwise it could be seen that gaming, and the gamers themselves, are reactionary and do not identify with the New South Africa at all.
My suggestion is that DGL should not accept a team in their league if at least 2 of the team members are not blacks.
Think about it!