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Monday, 13 May 2019
Amanda Pakade, MSSA President, proudly wearing MSSA's logo as designed by the late Fred Brownell.
The Department of Arts and Culture has paid tribute to 79-year-old Fred Brownell who passed away on the night of Friday, 10 May 2019. Fred Brownell was the man who designed SA's iconic democratic national flag.
Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa said he was distraught to learn of the passing "of a true South African hero whose name is etched in history"
Although the name of Fred Brownell is one that is synonymous with the designing and producing the flag of post-democratic South Africa, Mr. Brownell also designed Mind Sports South Africa's logo in 1991.
As State Herald, Fred Brownell designed the logo specifically for the MSSA in 1991 to best represent all the games as administered by the MSSA. Thus the Janus Knight for MSSA came into being. Amanda Pakade, MSSA President, stated that his passing, "is a great loss to South Africa", and "the true value of his contribution to South Africa will never be fully appreciated".
The logo is made up of the following aspects:
The double-headed knight chess piece: The knight chess piece is already an international symbol for army battle school. The symbol represents tactical and strategic thought and training. By making the symbol a double-headed knight, it also incorporates the concepts of considering the opponent's moves and shows the mental versatility of gamers.
The circle: The circle represents the rules to which all the games are played, and the unity of all the games that the MSSA represents.