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MSSA elects new board, calls it democracy

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Remember how I told you that you could be a part of the MSSA thanks to their elections? Well, the elections came and we now have a new board of the MSSA. Some of this may surprise you, and it’s clear that they are taking their lessons in Democracy from some questionable sources.

By now, you should all know that we revel in the glory that are MSSA press releases. Well, this one is no exception – not due to typos, but rather because of some hilarious quotes that we just had to share with you:

In true democratic tradition, Colin Webster gracefully stood down after having presided over the his last AGM.

At the time of the meeting, only one of the nominees remained for the position of President.

The position of President requires a man of steel. The President has to liaise with government, SASCOC, and is the MSSA’s Public Officer.

The MSSA has found such a man!

Only one nominee remained? What happened to any others, were they imprisoned for political reasons in this “democracy”? Did they not have enough of a cult of personality? I’m sure the new president, Simphiwe Maphumulo is a nice enough guy and I don’t want to imply that he is in any way a poor candidate for president of the MSSA. However, there surely must be more than one person who is willing/able to stand for president. How can you have an election when you can’t elect (read: choose) a candidate? Here is the new board:

  • President: Simphiwe Maphumulo
  • Vice President (in charge of development): Garth Schoeman
  • Vice President (in charge of events): Motsosi Thipe
  • General Secretary: Colin Webster
  • Women’s Desk: Morizane Boyes
  • Board Gaming Representative: Gavin Penkin
  • eSports Gaming Representative: Ryan Boyes
  • Figure Gamuing Representative: Donald Mullany
  • Legal Advisor: Carl Holliday

I’m still a bit confused why there needs to be a Women’s Desk, but hey, do my eyes deceive me? It appears that Colin Webster is still on the board – he is now the General Secretary. Oh, but don’t worry, you can still volunteer to be a part of the board. Apparently they are still looking for people to fill the role of National Schools Director and Player’s Representative.

It appears that they were busy during their AGM – they also gave out awards, and it seems their presidents (former and current) were popular choices.  Here are the awards:

  • Mind Sports Person of the Year: Simphiwe Maphumulo
  • Board Gamer of the Year: Simphiwe Maphumulo
  • Computer Gamer of the Year: Lyrene Kühn
  • Wargamer of the Year: Colin Webster
  • Volunteer of the Year: Dorian Love
  • Mind Sports Writer of the Year: Han Cilliers
  • Best Sponsor of the Year: MWEB

I’m so glad the MSSA gives out writing awards – really keeps us on our toes.

Okay, in all seriousness, I’m glad that the MSSA stuck to their constitution and elected a new President. However, there is no way that they can call this a fair election if there is only one candidate. Have they alienated all their players so much to make them unwilling to be a bigger part of the organization? What is going on behind closed doors to make it so that only one person wants to run for president?

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Last Updated: December 12, 2013

74 Comments

  1. Umar koeksisterRpgFan

    December 12, 2013 at 15:06

    Simphiwe Maphumulo cast as the next Super Man. With a new super power..The power to liase!!!

    Reply

    • That Tall Twit Norm

      December 12, 2013 at 15:09

      Haha!
      And ability to dodgy blame.

      Reply

      • Karen Davis

        December 12, 2013 at 23:27

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        ????????????????????????????????”President Putin you can not be president for 3 consecutive terms”

        “Ok call me prime minister every third term”

        Reply

  2. JJ's horrible secret (John)

    December 12, 2013 at 15:13

    I wouldn’t trust a Legal Adviser with the surname Holliday

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 12, 2013 at 15:33

      You know he gets what you’re paying for.

      Reply

      • JJ's horrible secret (John)

        December 12, 2013 at 15:49

        Sounds like my company’s motto.
        They get paid what I’m working for.

        Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      December 12, 2013 at 23:38

      Oh wait, thats a joke about that legal thing a month or two ago

      Reply

  3. CodeName Tailgunner

    December 12, 2013 at 15:16

    Simphiwe Maphumulo is a double world champion in Morabaraba.

    World famous in India

    I mean South Africa

    Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    December 12, 2013 at 15:18

    Why is Colin still there!? Oh well at least he and Gavin can still chat. Women’s Desk because we have female gamers?
    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/aXbn5eb_460sa.gif

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief of pixels

      December 12, 2013 at 15:28

      Finally found a use for that gif eh?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        December 12, 2013 at 15:30

        😉

        Reply

        • Rudi de Lange

          December 13, 2013 at 17:57

          I lost my shit completely.

          Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 12, 2013 at 15:29

      Female gamers? What do they play on, the microwave? trollol

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        December 12, 2013 at 15:41

        And that, is why you are #ForeverSP
        😛

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          December 12, 2013 at 15:45

          lol, worth it 😉

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 15:48

            How are those biceps working out?

            😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 15:50

            They’re klapping it boet.

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 12, 2013 at 15:51

            I’m loving this conversation. Haha

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 15:57

            LOL

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 15:56

            I know they are klapping it, shame. Poor lil’ Trev…

            XD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 15:58

            I knew you were going to go there lol

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 16:04

            lol, its a sign of affection araaait. Chooning my bros

      • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

        December 12, 2013 at 15:47

        Ohhh….

        Reply

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      December 12, 2013 at 15:47

      Haha!

      Reply

      • Rudi de Lange

        December 13, 2013 at 17:58

        You are a VLC version.

        Reply

  5. Tuism

    December 12, 2013 at 15:18

    How interesting. I’m quite into the whole boardgaming scene, and know most of the people who play extensively. I highly doubt their complete absence (both physically and by knowledge) is a good sign of this.

    What *do* they do, this MSSA, besides handing around awards in a circle?

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      December 12, 2013 at 15:20

      They hand out Springbok colours for gaming I think. New president elected but still the same laughable website. You would think they have changed it a bit.
      http://www.mindsportsa.co.za/

      Reply

      • CodeName Tailgunner

        December 12, 2013 at 15:35

        Is that it?

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          December 12, 2013 at 15:46

          Yes. You think it’s a joke, but it’s not.

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          December 12, 2013 at 15:52

          Yup

          Reply

          • CodeName Tailgunner

            December 12, 2013 at 15:54

            The hope of a nation rests on THIS?

      • ToshZA

        December 12, 2013 at 15:36

        Isn’t that fugly facebook button new?

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          December 12, 2013 at 15:51

          Nope, funnily enough it isn’t

          Reply

      • JJ's horrible secret (John)

        December 12, 2013 at 15:54

        Wow that’s disappointing.

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief of pixels

        December 12, 2013 at 15:58

        Man, that site looks like its designed by a moemfie

        (Clarification: A moemfie is a little creature that stays in your belly button, and when you fall asleep on your back, it comes out and stands on your schlong and barks at your balls)

        Reply

        • JJ's horrible secret (John)

          December 12, 2013 at 16:00

          I think that’s the scariest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of pixels

            December 12, 2013 at 16:03

            BEWAAAARE

        • Hammersteyn

          December 12, 2013 at 16:08

          Bwahahaha oh how I miss the old tales.

          Reply

      • z00bear

        December 12, 2013 at 17:06

        That is truly pathetic.
        I did’nt have much hope of it being any good, but they certainly beat my expectations.

        Reply

  6. Sageville

    December 12, 2013 at 15:19

    Hopefully this new broom will sweep clean…..

    Reply

  7. B4d R0b0t

    December 12, 2013 at 15:23

    How is it that MWEB is still with MSSA, are the totally unaware of what they are dealing with. Its takes away from all the good they do.

    Reply

    • Gustav Willem Diedericks

      December 12, 2013 at 16:18

      They are playing the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” game. I commented on one of their articles a while ago regarding the attitude of the MSSA and the fandom was just staggering. They also blew off LazyGamer, saying I shouldn’t believe everything I read. Perhaps they have also been forced to sign one of those “don’t speak evil of us even if we are more incompetent than a troop of monkeys on LaLa juice” that the MSSA loves to shove down their players’ throats.

      Reply

  8. CodeName Tailgunner

    December 12, 2013 at 15:26

    Funny how chess isn’t part of the MSSA

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      December 12, 2013 at 15:31

      And I for one am glad for that small fact!

      Reply

      • Gustav Willem Diedericks

        December 12, 2013 at 16:19

        Or Billiards

        Reply

    • noxville

      December 15, 2013 at 20:07

      And Magic the Gathering, and Pokemon, and Yu-gi-oh. Pretty much all the big competitive card games (obviously excluding poker).

      Reply

  9. Alien Emperor Trevor

    December 12, 2013 at 15:30

    Note to self: Remember to call an article a “blob” again.

    Reply

  10. HvR

    December 12, 2013 at 15:38

    Reminds me of Putin

    “President Putin you can not be president for 3 consecutive terms”

    “Ok call me prime minister every third term”

    Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      December 12, 2013 at 15:51

      lol that’s exactly what I said when I saw this

      Reply

  11. Admiral Chief of pixels

    December 12, 2013 at 15:42

  12. RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

    December 12, 2013 at 15:47

    Wow. Really? talk about a total bloody sham. and shame. I say Gavin for President of the Toilet Association!

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief of pixels

      December 12, 2013 at 15:47

      Rince please, Gav cannot stoop to that level

      Reply

      • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

        December 12, 2013 at 15:49

        The role to preside over the toilet is a distinguished one! One that you generally stoop to at least once a day! 😉

        Reply

        • JJ's horrible secret (John)

          December 12, 2013 at 15:50

          Master Rince! Where have you been?

          Reply

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            December 12, 2013 at 15:50

            Working brother, working. Been a KAK day. I need pint, and for OVG to let me hit him with a golf club…

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 12, 2013 at 15:52

            Take photos.
            There was some mad Rince trolling on an earlier aritcle. Where I of course tried to defend you all the way.

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            December 12, 2013 at 15:54

            You lie! Which article?

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 12, 2013 at 15:55

            Can’t remember, there were too many today.

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            December 12, 2013 at 15:55

            Someone pretending to be me?

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 12, 2013 at 15:56

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 15:58

            It’s true, I was there. He was like a lioness defending her cub.

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 12, 2013 at 15:58

            I feel uncomfortable as Master Rince’s lioness.
            Like some Thundercat slut

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 16:00

            I’d be more concerned about having a cub like that.

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 12, 2013 at 16:00

            Oh that’s not a problem.
            “It’s not mine.”

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 12, 2013 at 16:04

            Poor little orphaned red-haired Annie.

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 12, 2013 at 16:04


            Such is life.

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            December 12, 2013 at 16:08

            HAHAH! That I find hard to believe…

  13. Rags

    December 12, 2013 at 18:25

    Rest where eliminated due to BEE, trollololollol.

    Reply

  14. ghostR

    December 12, 2013 at 23:05

    All is great. In all honesty MSSA really needs a heck of a lot more work. Something i wont start saying here, anyway congrats and enjoy 😛

    Reply

  15. Purple_Dragon

    December 13, 2013 at 08:18

    I can’t say much for Han Ciller’s “journalism”. it’s good for a laugh seeing how biased she is at times, particularly towards MSSA and their events.

    Reply

    • Rags

      December 13, 2013 at 08:57

      An award for writer of the year seems dodgy. But its hard to find any unbiased or objective writing when it comes to the MSSA. 😛

      Reply

  16. Valshen

    December 13, 2013 at 09:48

    Maybe they had a Hunger Games styled competition and only the man of steel was left by the end. “He was unstoppable, the way he killed those people with a keyboard, it was unbelievable.”

    Reply

  17. Weanerdog

    December 13, 2013 at 10:24

    Random comment

    Reply

  18. Rudi de Lange

    December 13, 2013 at 17:56

    LOLWAT

    Reply

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