Thursday 28 March 2019

Calling for nominations: Womens' Desk

Blair Hamberger (VexxedPhoenix) proved to be an expert esports athlete and competent administrator.
The position of Womens' Desk has been available since 2005 when such position was held by Ruth Davey (Maritzburg Christian School).

Since then, only three other Registered Players have held the position of Womens' Desk even though it is one of the most vital of all positions on the Management Board.

Recently Blair Hamberger most recently held the position but due to other commitments, is unable to see out her term of office.

The four who have held the position are:

  • Blair Hamberger (VexxedPhoenix)
  • Morizane Boyes (VexxedPhoenix)
  • Ledile Tshwane (University of Johannesburg)
  • Ruth Davey (Maritzburg Christian School)

The incumbent must be a female, and must be concerned with promoting the rights of women and ensuring that all decisions, rules, and regulations conform with gender equity.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is totally committed to enforcing, and promoting, gender equity at all levels. It is therefore not surprising that MSSA has a female president, that MSSA has clauses within its constitution enforcing gender equity, and that it is the only National Federation in IESF that has had female athletes in its national team every year since 2011.

Thus, this is not a position for 'shrinking violets', this is a position for those with passion, dedication, and commitment.

Any Registered Player wishing to stand for the position, must apply on or before 5 April 2019 to

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Wednesday 27 March 2019

In memoriam: Bernard Kašca

Bernard Kašca - the model of a player, administrator, and educator.
On Sunday, 24 March 2019, in his hometown Bovec, Bernard Kašca past away.

Bernard was the founding father of draughts in Slovenia. Bernard, over  the years, trained many children, organized many tournaments and was a clear example of how a draughtsplayer enjoys the game.

Bernard also published the only book in Slovene language about draughts which may be found in all big libraries in Slovenia.

The official farewell is on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 16H00 in Bovec.

Bernard will be sorely missed by all who came into contact with him.

Provincial Online Student Championships - 6 April 2019

All are encouraged to participate in MSSA's Provincial Online Student Championships to be held on 6 April 2019.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be holding its Provincial Online Student Championships on 6 April 2019.

This year, any student of any South African tertiary institution (University and colleges) may participate, regardless of whether the player is MSSA affiliated or not.

However, it should be noted that only official teams entered by University Clubs affiliated to MSSA or the Sports Councils may use the tertiary institution's name.

The championship allows students from all over the country to test their mettle against each other in an official championship that has the following benefits:
  • Enable students to earn Student Provincial Colours, and
  • Qualify for selection for the National Squad, and
  • Earn medals.
The event that lasts from 10H00 until 18H00.

The titles to be played at such event are:

High School
1Counter-Strike: GO™PC5 v 5
2Call of Duty Black Ops 4™PC5 v 5
3FIFA’19™Console - PS41 v 1
4Paladins™Mobile1 v 1
5DotA 2™PC5 v 5
6League of Legends™PC5 v 5
7HearthStone™Tablet/cell3 v 3
8TEKKEN 7™Console - PS41 v 1

Details are as follows:

Eligibility: Any player/team affiliated to a South African tertiary institution may enter.
Entry fee: Entry is R34.00 per Registered Player.
Entry date: Entries need to be submitted by no later than Monday, 2 April 2019.
Registration:To register, players must complete the entry form.
Age restrictions: Age restrictions per game title shall be enforcred.

When and Where:
  • 6 April 2019
  • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round. 
  • Players must all be on-line at 9H00

Teams that finish in the top three places shall receive medals for the following sections:
  1. Mixed
  2. Female

    Student Provincial Colours shall be awarded based on the residence of the recipient. Thus a Registered Player that lives in Cape Town shall be awarded Student Provincial Colours for the Western Cape.

    For additional information, please contact: 

    Tuesday 26 March 2019

    The Edge in Everything : Upgrading your hardware and software

    So you are a gamer. You are skilled, dedicated and committed to making it big. You want to make a career out of it? What is your strategy to achieve that goal? What specifically do you need to do to get to that ultimate version of yourself?  How could you personalise strategies that other successful people have used, in your life?
    I am a firm believer that we are the masters of our own destinies and that every success and failure is of our own making… but this is not an “instaspiration” post.
    Who am I? My name is Emile De Bruin and I am an ex-athlete, high performance coach and student of success. I have had the privilege of coaching Olympic and World Champions, Business people, Mind athletes, Teams, Teens, Parents and more. Finding the most effective way to achieve a goal is what drives me and I am passionate about giving people the tools to succeed in ANYTHING that they do. By combining science and experience I believe that I can help anyone take their lives to the next level….
    Well, by looking at a person holistically (mentally, physically, socially/emotionally and spiritually). Then finding out what is the starting point (where are you REALLY right now?) and where do you want to get to. Finally, we put an individualised actionable plan in place where we continuously analyse and adapt and learn to operate with GRIT.
    Think of it this way, every few years you get a new cell phone or pc and in that time you have to continuously update the apps and software right?  YOU are no different. Obviously you can`t get a new body every few years (at least not yet) but you can upgrade it! Your body and mind have performance requirements and YOU need to ensure that you diligently UPDATE.
     Your output (in life) depends on your input.
    Most people are not even aware of this. Others don`t place any value on their own personal natural resources. Then you get people that think there are short cuts.
    There aren`t short cuts.
    So what do successful people put into place in their lives?  Whether its sport stars, performers, CEO`S , entrepreneurs or anyone else that wins at life, there are 4 pillars that are fundamental.
    There are 2 essentials :
    We need to:
    • Be challenged and stimulated in order to stay motivated
    •  Be able to express ourselves and be creative
    •  Learn by changing the way we perceive life and events in our lives
    • Learn that I am in control and responsible
    • Get more insight and tips here!
    Regardless of whether we are introverted or extroverted we need to understand that from an evolutionary perspective we require human interaction to live well. If we can discover in what situations we are either energised or drained by people, then we can implement strategies to boost our output.
    What separates us from animals is our soul. Figuring out what nourishes your soul is fundamental to any form of success in living the mission and vision you have for your life.
    Think of the the 4 aspects listed above (physical, mental, social/emotional, spiritual) as 4 legs of a chair that you are sitting on. If any one or more of the legs are neglected  for the growth or advancement of another leg the chair will be off balance right? You would agree with me that it makes sense to implement a strategy where all 4 legs are developed equally right?
    This is the absolute best way to not only succeed in life but to also make your success sustainable… and enjoy the ride at the same time!
    If this article made sense to YOU, I would be honoured to COACH you on the 4 pillars to help you find the best ways to take your life and what you do in life to the ultimate level.
    Set up a FREE coaching session with me now via SKYPE or come see me at my office in Pretoria.

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    Let the future you thank you for what you decide to do today.
    Sincerely, Emile De Bruin

    Thursday 21 March 2019

    Irvine Williams of Sasolburg continues to lead the South African rankings.

    Irvine Williams (HTS Sasolburg) is the current South African Champion.
    With the latest release of Mind Sports South Africa's rankings for EA's 'FIFA '19', Irvine Williams has maintained his pole-position in such rankings for such esports title.

    Having dominated the South African National Championships in December 2018, Irvine earned  himself National Federation Colours as well as the opportunity to be selected for South Africa's official Protea esports team.

    Based on the points earned, Irvine's standard of play is far ahead of the rest of the field.

    The current rankings for the FIFA '19 esports title is as follows:

    PosName of PlayeryearClubPoints
    1Irvine Williams18HTS Sasolburg217.7
    2Mduduzi Msiza19North West University - Vaal156.1
    3Lesea Motlats18Fakkel School of Skills154.7
    4Fileman Molaung18Fakkel School of Skills142.7
    5Neo Mankwe18Fakkel School of Skills138.7
    6Aphiwe Mbata18HTS Sasolburg138.5
    7Lindokuhle Sithale19North West University - Vaal125.2
    8Raygen Abdullah18NorthSchool124.5
    9Leoné Loftus18Fakkel School of Skills123.1
    10Tshepo Mamatela17Fakkel School of Skills119.5
    11Zahir Sayed18eThekwini Regional119.2
    12Wondile Khumalo19Northcliff High School117.8
    13Kristian Volek17Northcliff High School117.5
    14Stefan Nortje17JCS Academy116.8
    15Zinel de Bruyn18JCS Academy115.5
    16Sansthiran Naidoo18eThekwini Regional115.4
    17Mpume Mkonza17Maritzburg College115.1
    18Morena Velaphe18Fakkel School of Skills113.8
    19Ryan Nyamucherara19Northcliff High School112.2
    20Wandile Khumalo18Northcliff High School111.5
    21Katleho Mofakeng19North West University - Vaal110.2
    22Paul Minaar18ESBF108.5
    23Rethabile Redebe18HTS Sasolburg107.4
    24Ayanda Khumalo18Fakkel School of Skills104.5
    25Joel Van Wyk17Merchiston104.2
    26Kopano Segoe18Curro Klerksdorp101.9
    27Modal Mofokeng18Fakkel School of Skills101.9
    28Nthando Phaketi18Fakkel School of Skills100.8
    29Bianca van der Merwe18JCS Academy100.6
    30Denver Abdullah18NorthSchool100.5
    31Lehlohondo Motsie19North West University - Vaal130
    32Allen Magagula17HTS Witbank120
    33Armand Oosthuizen17JCS Academy120
    34Ayanda Magwaza *17Knights Mind Sports Club120
    35Bongikosi Lukhele18Ampified Rebellion120
    36Cale Barry17Uplands College120
    37Conor Kisbey-Green17Maritzburg College120
    38Devash Ishwarlall18eThekwini Regional120
    39Dylan Motukana18North West University - Vaal120
    40Dylan Mugadza18North West University - Vaal120
    41Ebrahiem Fredericks17JCS Academy120
    42Eesa Fredericks17JCS Academy120
    43Gao Masilo18Fakkel School of Skills120
    44George Rautenbach18eThekwini Regional120
    45Gordon McCormack18JCS Academy120
    46Govender, Blake18Oaks_eSports120
    47Gregory Haripersad17Maritzburg College120
    48Hoya Gangi17Maritzburg College120
    49Jade Appels17Curro Klerksdorp120
    50Jenkin, Matt18Oaks_eSports120
    51Joost Loftus17Masters of Mind Sports120
    52Joshua Williams17Northcliff High School120
    53Kalani, Sibo18Oaks_eSports120
    54Katlego Sediti17North West University - Vaal120
    55Kgosi Tshosa17Curro Klerksdorp120
    56Kyle Turnbull17BNKR120
    57Langa Madonsela *17Knights Mind Sports Club120
    58Lesego Direko18Fakkel School of Skills120
    59Lesego Molatsi18Fakkel School of Skills120
    60Mark Morobane17Curro Klerksdorp120
    61Mathew Brooks18Curro Klerksdorp120
    62Mikhyle Naidoo17Northcliff High School120
    63Mongaliso Magwaza *17Knights Mind Sports Club120
    64Mqandisi Dewa18North West University - Vaal120
    65Ndumiso Zakwe17Maritzburg College120
    66Nicholas James18eThekwini Regional120
    67Noah Ngcobo18eThekwini Regional120
    68Nsika Mfeka17Maritzburg College120
    69Odwa Mthethwa17Maritzburg College120
    70Prishen Sookraj18eThekwini Regional120
    71Rodney Nxumalo18eThekwini Regional120
    72Ruben Du Preez17Maritzburg College120
    73Sanveer Sookraj18eThekwini Regional120
    74Shile Mqikela18eThekwini Regional120
    75Sunkar, Sash18Oaks_eSports120
    76Suvhir Harrinarain18eThekwini Regional120
    77Tetelo Hamese18North West University - Vaal120
    78Thabo Maqubela18North West University - Vaal120
    79Thapelo Sizani18North West University - Vaal120
    80Thokozane Matimane18Fakkel School of Skills120
    81Travis Baxter18eThekwini Regional120
    82Tshepo Seema17North West University - Vaal120
    83Tumelo Sesinyi17Curro Klerksdorp120
    84Tuni Mahlakwaane18North West University - Vaal120
    85Vhugala Malaudzi17North West University - Vaal120
    86Xola Magwaza *17Knights Mind Sports Club120
    87Xolisa Monakali17Knights Mind Sports Club120
    88Yadish Nundhlall18eThekwini Regional120
    89Yorke Soni17Northcliff High School120
    90Zomani Magagula17HTS Witbank120
    91Jodie Motala18Empangeni High118
    92Henry Colin18Fakkel School of Skills114
    93Khahliso Malape (18)18Fakkel School of Skills114
    94Mpho Ntsala18Fakkel School of Skills114
    95Nkangiso Masinga18Empangeni High114
    96Siyabonga Biyela18Empangeni High112
    97Matli Legae19North West University - Vaal112
    98Franco Janse van Rensburg18JCS Academy111
    99Fortune D’ntloilery18North West University - Vaal110
    100Jabu Matlong17North West University - Vaal104
    101Bongwe Mpugwa17Curro Klerksdorp100
    102Jared Tyreese Pillay18eThekwini Regional96.8
    103Bakhusele Dweba18eThekwini Regional95.5
    104Dillon Grey17Fakkel School of Skills95
    105Pauliso Makhube17Fakkel School of Skills95
    106Riufaro Kembo17Curro Klerksdorp95
    107Thabo Kgobe18Northcliff High School95
    108Thubang Roberts19North West University - Vaal94.7
    109Jaden Pillay18eThekwini Regional93.5
    110Katleho Sidite19North West University - Vaal92.7
    111Gift Mtlhong17JCS Academy90
    112Irfaan Sabet18Empangeni High90
    113Ndlovu, Bongi18Oaks_eSports90
    114Kopano Masego18Curro Klerksdorp89.2
    115Lesedi Motale18Curro Klerksdorp86
    116Alessandro Sacca17Curro Klerksdorp85
    117Robyn Gertzen17Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club85
    118Thabo Ngubane18eThekwini Regional84.6
    119Cameron Gold17Maritzburg College80
    120Doreen Els17Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club80
    121Umar Onafuwa18Curro Klerksdorp79.4
    122Zakhele Ngcobo18eThekwini Regional77
    123Ru-Landie Kilian18Affies Sasolburg75
    124S Ndlela17Maritzburg College75

    Rankings produced by MSSA are as follows:
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