Friday, 22 September 2017

Request for nominations for MSSA's 2017 Management Board Awards

Matthew Smith - MSSA's 2016 Computer Gamer of the Year.
Back in 2009, Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA) started its Management Board Awards.

The Awards were designed to recognise the contribution made by those who gave selflessly, and/or made an impact, to the promotion of the various types of gaming under the jurisdiction of MSSA.

The list is a veritable 'who's-who' in South African gaming.

Even though some of the 'names' have moved on to further their prospects in business, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall always fondly remember the winners and the incredible contribution that they made towards gaming.

Some, like Simphiwe Maphumulo and Morizane Boyes , became even more involved.

Both Simphiwe and Morizane moved from being great gamers to take up active roles in the administration of MSSA as President of the MSSA.

However, the time has once again arrived for members to make their nominations for MSSA's Management Board Awards.

The categories are:
  • Mind Sports Person of the Year 
  • Board Gamer of the Year 
  • Computer Gamer of the Year 
  • Wargamer of the Year 
  • Volunteer of the Year 
  • Writer of the Year 
  • Sponsor of the Year
If you wish to make a nomination, please submit such nomination in writing together with full motivation for such to mindsportssa@iafrica.com before 15 October 2017.

Such nomination must contain a detailed motivation for the Management Board to consider.

The period under review for nominations is 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Nominations must be sent to mindsportssa@gmail.com

The award is presented at MSSA's Annual General Meeting.

Past winners are:

YearMind Sports Person of the YearBoard Gamer of the YearComputer Gamer of the YearWargamer of the YearVolunteer of the YearWriter of the YearSponsor of the Year
2016Jason BatzofinLucille BrownMatthew SmithGarth SchoemanColin WebsterTamzyn Pamplin (MyComLink)SterKinekor
2015Elishia RetiefLubabalo KondloKyle TurnbullJason BatzofinMorizane BoyesAndrew Rose (MyComLink)MWEB
2014Morizan BoyesLubabalo KondloBarry WestElishia RetiefLouis BrownKyle Wolmarans (MWEB Gamezone)MWEB
2013Simphiwe MaphumuloSimphiwe MaphumuloLyrene KuhnColin WebsterDorian LoveHan Ciliiers (MWEB Gamezone)MWEB
2012Robert BothaSimphiwe MaphumuloGabriela IsaacsEugene BurgerLouis BrownHan Cilliers (MWEB Gamezone)GIGABYTE
2011Jaco EngelbrechtLubabalo KondloRobert BothaDavid VannucciRyan van den BerghAlexandra Kayle (ITWEB)ASUS
2010Frans BrewisSimphiwe MaphumuloNialle MomsenGregory LaycockRyan van den BerghJaco DiedericksIncredible Connection
2009Colin WebsterMothusi MoabiStephen WhiteEdward van TrotsenburgRyan van den BerghMuhammed Nagdee (Verge)Incredible Connection

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Registration of South Africans Abroad - ROSA


What is ROSA?

ROSA is the acronym for the ‘Registration of South Africans Abroad’, a software programme developed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation allowing travellers to register on-line.

The information travellers register on ROSA allows the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to assist South African citizens in event of an emergency.  The registration is a free, voluntary service provided by Government (through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation).  ROSA is only available to South African citizens who are travelling, living or working abroad.

ROSA is an initiative that is endorsed and supported by the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA). 

Why should I register?

Vast numbers of our people who travel abroad every day do not encounter any difficulties.  However, through our missions abroad, we have assisted a growing number of South Africans who have become victims of crime, accident/s, illness, death, natural/man-made disasters, civil unrest, or whose family and/or next-of-kin needed to contact them in an emergency.

Registration through this website is NOT considered proof of South African citizenship.  If you apply for any service from an Embassy, High Commission or Consulate General (mission) while abroad, you will be asked by staff to provide proof of South African citizenship, such as a passport or bar coded ID book / ID Smart card.

By registering your trip on-line with ROSA you assist the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to locate you during an emergency, verifying your status and liaising with your next-of-kin.  Information on ROSA is not continuously monitored and will only be accessed during a declared consular emergency.

Registration is voluntary and free of charge.  We encourage you to consider registration as an integral part of your travel planning and security.

How do I register?

The ROSA software is an on-line registration process available on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation website.  The address is http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/index.html

The ROSA software is unique as it allows for a traveller to:
  • register as an Individual Traveller
  • register as Group Travellers
  • register multiple destinations
  • update their profiles (Individual or Group)
  • de-register their profile from the system.  

How can the Embassy or Consulate assist me while I am abroad?


The 
Chief Directorate: Consular Services in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in close collaboration with the Consular Sections of South African Representatives abroad, provides consular services to South African citizens who work, live and travel abroad.

Consular Services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  On weekends and after hours, assistance is rendered in co-operation with the Department's Operations Room in Pretoria.  The Operations Room supports our 121 Representatives in 105 countries affording services that cover the entire world.

A detailed list of services is available at 
http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/services.htm

How will my information be used?

ROSA will be utilised by Consular Officers at Head Office or at a South African Mission abroad in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis as outlined above.

Only authorised officers of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have access to the information which will only be used in the event of an emergency.  This will enable the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to e.g. react by contacting the next-of-kin to verify the status of the South Africans travelling abroad that might have been affected by the emergency. 
 Registration and Privacy

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is committed to ensuring that any personal information received through the ROSA on-line registration process is safeguarded against unauthorised disclosure.

The Department will not disclose the information you provide through the registration application to any third parties (this includes family members) unless you have first given it written authorisation to do so.  In the event that family members make enquiries about your whereabouts, such requests will be forwarded to you.  You may choose to inform the mission of your decision to respond or not.

This internet site uses secure encryption to safeguard your privacy and therefore any unauthorised interception by third parties of the information you send via the internet is unlikely.  The Department does not accept responsibility for any such interception.
Important Notification

The responsibility remains with the individual traveller to-
  • act responsibly and be aware of the risks
  • consider and purchase full travel insurance or an overseas health plan
  • respect the culture and customs of the countries visited.
The consular assistance provided by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in the case of an emergency, is usually of a non-financial nature, and the Department will not be responsible for payment of legal, medical, travelling expenses or any other expenses on behalf of the traveller.

It is reiterated that information on ROSA is only accessed by the Department during a declared consular emergency.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Polokwane Regional Championship - 30 September and 1 October 2017.

Ready for the Polokwane Regional Championships?
The Polokwane Regional Championship shall be played on 30 September and 1 October 2017.

The championship also counts as a qualifier for the MSSA's National Team Trials as according to MSSA's rules, the winner of a Regional Championship automatically is invited to such National Team Trials.

Registrations will close on the 
22 September 2017. Late entries may be accepted. Players who wish to compete in any of MSSA's Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may register as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All gamers are reminded that the 
Polokwane Regional Championships is an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. If you have any queries, please contact the MSSA.

Championship Details:
Hosting Club
: Fragcon Gaming - 
  • Contact:  Petrus Maartens @ 084 637 1568 or fragcongaming@gmail.com
  • Venue: Tom Naude High School, Potgieter Avenue, Polokwane
  • Date: 30 September and 1 October 2017
  • Game Entry Fees: R100.00 per Player per weekend team game & individual game.                                 R50.00 per Player per game.
  • Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their players.
  • Food & refreshments: Highly reasonable prices

Spectators are welcome!


The schedule for the event is:
SATURDAY:
Time
CounterStrike: GO
League of Legends (LoL)
Pro Evolution Soccer
Injustice 2
09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
09H45
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues
10H30
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts
11H15
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues
12H00
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts
12H45
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues
13H00




Time
CounterStrike  (continued)
LoL (continued)
PES (continued)
HearthStone (continued)
14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close
SUNDAY:
Time
StarCraft II
Tekken 7
Street Fighter

09H00
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts
Round 1 Starts

09H45
Round 2 Starts
Round 1 Continues
Round 1 Continues

10H30
Round 3 Starts
Round 2 Starts
Round 2 Starts

11H15
Round 4 Starts
Round 2 Continues
Round 2 Continues

12H00
Round 5 Starts
Round 3 Starts
Round 3 Starts

12H45

Round 3 Continues
Round 3 Continues

13H00
LUNCH
Time
Dota (continued)
Tekken 7  (continued)
Street Fighter (continued)

14H00
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts

14H45
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues

15H30
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts

16H15
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues

17H00




18H00
Awards Ceremony
19H00
Doors Close

Rules and Regulations
: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the LAN Bylaws and all Period Specific Rules. If any Player wishes to provide advice regarding the drafting of the Period Specific Rules they are encouraged to contact MSSA who will take all comments into account.

The following Medals may be awarded at the MSSA's 2017 Polokwane Regional Championship:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in both category as above.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours. 
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.
  • Regional Colours: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall be awarded Regional Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that win their division in a Regional Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials in such division. All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will earn an invitation to National Team Trials. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship
Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

It takes everyone's effort.

The International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has advised all members on their good governance records based on their annual returns, membership, and good standing.

In 2016, under Simphiwe Maphumulo's presidency, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) soared to fifth place. Such ranking inspired MSSA's Board to reach even higher.


Thus in the first year of Morizane Boyes' presidency, MSSA has pushed itself even further. Under Morizane's astute leadership, the forces of administrators, officials, and athletes combined to create a winning team. The success of MSSA is not dependent on any one individual, it is dependent on the contribution of all. 

Yet even with the commitment, loyalty, dedication of people like Adele Janse van Rensburg, James Evans, Alwyn van Wyk, Ryan Boyes, Brandon Fester, and so many, many others, MSSA has reached a height not dreamed of. It is unfortunate that one cannot list all the names of all those who contributed to such success.

MSSA now climbed to the position of being ranked 1st for its administration.

Never before has South Africa been ranked first, and now that MSSA is so ranked, the challenge is to keep such ranking.

Review of SA's test match held against Tunisia.

MSSA's Team: (back row l -r): Angelique Ramos, Brandon Fester (Captain), Connor Cryans,
(front row l - r) Leana Jackson, Amone Bekker
Under the watchful eye of MSSA's Vice-President (James Evans) MSSA took to the field against Africa's premier League of Legends esports team - Tunisia on Saturday, 16 September 2017 at MWEB's MCAVE.

The test match was  also streamed on TULUNTULU.

The Tunisians were always going to be a hard nut to crack.


Nevertheless, MSSA continued with its policy of  'wetting the spears' of all its members of its national squad. Thus the remaining three members of the  national League of Legends squad, were selected to engage Tunisia in an  exciting test match.

The officially accredited test match is part of South Africa's preparations for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan. However, there is more at stake than just that... MSSA has a number of plans for 2018, and it is  trying to ensure that its entire squad is on the same standard.

The Protea team selected to play against Switzerland consisted of the following players:


There  is no doubt that the South African team rose to the challenge. Faced by Africa's top team, the Proteas fought long and hard. The brave South African team made the Tunisians pay for every victory.  Even viewers at the Asian Esports Confederation's General Assembly Meeting were impressed with the 'never say die' attitude of the Protea esports team as they attempted comeback-after-comeback.


At the end of the day, the objectives had been reached. Although South Africa lost 2 - 0 to Tunisia, many important lessons  had been learnt. Tunisia too has shown its hand prior to IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan whereas South Africa remains a 'dark horse'.


The entire national South African squad for the esports game of League of Legends are now the proud recipients of Protea Colours, and team training sessions have increased in intensity in order to uplift the entire squad's standard.

MSSA could not be prouder of its League of Legends squad.


Fury Born Gaming CS Team Hits the Ground Running


A new clan has risen to the challenge! Fury Born Gaming (FGB) based in the United Kingdom has created a new CS GO team which are jumping straight into the deep end by competing in a Gfinity tournament later today.

The team is very new but intend to make the clan, and themselves, proud. The team is lead by the fearless leader Kieran "Cython" Gilhooly who has been proving himself in the world of Counter Strike. Alongside him he is joined by Glynn "4llsopp" Allsopp who is an old hand at gaming and intends to bring his overall game experience to the team. Glynn's been playing games from the beginning and intends to support the team through thick and thin. You can catch him streaming on twitch.tv/4llsopp. Joining them is some young internationally blood; Jason "Salty_Jayy" Batzofin who's been making waves within the International e-Sports Federation. He hopes to bring some international experience and exposure to the team. And finally to finish the team off two solid CS players who can claim experience and skill; "Greggs" and "REAPQ1". Both these players have the skill and determination to pull through and be a part of leading this team to success.

Together the team will progress in the hopes of achieving greatness and it all starts with a single step. Be sure to follow any updates on the team on this blog page, on the Fury Born Gaming Twitter page @furyborngaming or at our website: http://furyborngaming.tk/

Fury Born Gaming
Feel Reborn

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Jason Batzofin (IeSF's Athletes' Commission) meets with AeSF's Players' Representative.

Frederico Alexandre Dos Santos Rosario (AeSF's Players' Representatives) and Jason Batzofin (IeSF's Athletes' Commission)  
The Asian Electronic Sports Federation's (AeSF) Annual General Meeting held at Hilton Al Ain on 15 September 2017 saw AeSF induct its Player's Representative.

Under the watchful eye of  His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan, the General Meeting unanimously elected Frederico Alexandre Dos Santos Rosario (of Macau) as its Players' Representative.

International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has a policy of 'Protect the Player', through which IeSF is working to improve the basi
c conditions of esports athletes

As soon as he was elected to the position Jason Batzofin (Chairman of IeSFs' Athletes' Commission) welcomed Frederico to his newly elected position.

Readers should note that AeSF is without doubt the largest member based continental confederation for esports in the world. In fact, its size of membership is only dwarfed by IeSF itself. Affiliated to International e-Sports Federation, AeSF enjoys the spotlight of being the premier Continental Confederation for esports.

There is no doubt that AeSF shall become a major 'mover and skaker' in the world of esports as esports as a fully accredited sporting code continues to grow and develop.