Tuesday 27 October 2015
How easy is it to gain control of Mind Sports South Africa?
We have all read posts written by angry young gamers claiming that it is impossible to change Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) from the inside.
But is that true?
The answer is, no!
It is much easier to change the administrators of MSSA than any other sporting body.
Certainly, gamers cannot even think about changing the administrators of the private companies that claim to be MGO's as the are private companies answerable only to their shareholders. Shareholders, who probably take all the profits without disbursing any of such profits to the gamers who have through their sweat, effort and skill made it possible for the shareholders to make such profits.
MSSA, unlike a private company is an association.
The association's membership is made up of private clubs which may be private in nature, or based at universities and schools.
It is these members that vote in MSSA's administrators. each administrator has a term of three years.
The Management Board consists of 12 elected officials and one Players's Representative.
So let's presume that you want to make a takeover bid.
At the 2015 AGM, 5 positions on the Management Board are up for election as well as the position of Players Representative.
If your club does not have a player who meets the criteria for the Players Representative, your club can still nominate players for the other 5 positions..
Let's presume you only get two of your candidates voted on, you now have a valuable 'foot-in-the-door'.
Only players who have served on the Management Board may stand for the position of President.
So when it comes to the 2016 AGM, your club now has a player who can stand for the position of president.
Because a player may not hold two positions, another position will be opened up.
Also, in 2016, the positions of President, Vice President (Events), Vice President (Umpires), eSports Representative, Women's Desk, and General Secretary all become available.
Thus if your club takes another two positions in 2016, it means that your club will then have a total of 4 seats out of the 13 possible.
With that, your club will probably have more say in the Management board than any other club.
It is that easy!