|Morizane Boyes - President of MSSA.|
The only way that the 'capture' of any organisation can be stopped is if the members apply their minds, demand transparency, and insist that processes exist in order to stop any one clique from gaining control.
While associations cannot be owned by anyone, associations may still be captured by groups in order to serve their own ends.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has always been mindful of the problem, and has thus a number of mechanisms in place to stop any attempts at 'capture'.
The most important rule is Rule 9.7 of the Constitution which limits the amount of representation that any club may have on the Management Board to 40%.
The full list of Management Board members is as follows:
|James Evans||1st Vice-President||Knights Mind Sports Club|
|Adele Janse van Rensburg||Vice-President (Umpiring)||GenerationX|
|Sheraaz Nunnian||Vice-President (Liaison)||East London Mind Sports|
|Johan van Breda||Vice-President (Development)||ZAGA|
|Leonard Loftus||Vice-President (Events)||Masters of Mind Sports|
|Joseph Matlhong||Board Gaming Representative||North West University - Vaal|
|Paula Loftus||Card Gaming Representative||Masters of Mind Sports|
|Ryan Boyes||Esports Representative||BNKR|
|Terence Allwright||Wargames||Old Edwardian Wargames Club|
|Blair Hamberger||Women s’ Desk||IntenSity Gaming|
|Twane Martins||Disabled Representative||BNKR|
|Darryl-Lee Bruce-Smith||National Schools’ Director||HTS Sasolburg|
|Carl Holliday||Legal Advisor||Knights Mind Sports Club|
|Jason Batzofin||Player’s Representative||Old Edwardian Wargames Club|
|Colin Webster||General Secretary||Old Edwardian Wargames Club|
Thus the majority of the Management Board will always be made up by other clubs.
Also by having separation of powers, in that the Management Board is obliged to refer certain issues to Council, the Executive Committee, Boards of Control, Selection Committee, and so forth, the Managements Board's powers are not absolute and always open to inspection.
However, the real strength of MSSA's system is that each and every club is directly affiliated to MSSA and is able to participate in the electoral process. As such, if anybody is elected, it is because the membership has spoken.
It is the membership that enforces the rules, and it is from the membership that office-bearers are drawn.
That is probably one of the reasons why MSSA is the largest membership based organisation for esports in South Africa.