The MSSA President Apologises, And Invites Us To A Press Conference
So earlier this week we had a lot to say about the new MSSA President Simphiwe Maphumulo regarding the first interview he undertook with Mweb Gamezone. It’s was clear that the President was side stepping some important issue, while displaying a not so friendly persona to the community he’s supposed to be looking out for.
Today, he apologised. Yes, that actually happened.
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In a rather lengthy letter sent to Han Cillers of Gamezone, Simphiwe Maphumulo outlined some of the question he felt the majority of the community was asking on the previously mentioned thread, namely the funding that the MSSA receives, how they are represented in the local eSport scene and how he was going to change the transparency of the organisation. On top of that Maphumulo also chose to discuss how he wants the MSSA to be perceived by the community, as well as addressing their sub-par website.
The entire letter can be read below, but before you do that I would like to point out the out of nowhere invitation we, and all other media, received today via this letter, inviting us to a press conference in a few weeks’ time to ask our own personal questions. This is a big step for the MSSA in terms of transparency, but I think I’ll wait to see what actually happens at the event, and if we aren’t just summoned to get future ideas shoved down our throat.
I refer to the two recent posts made by MWEB GameZone, as well as my response to the initial article. Let me start by saying that I apologise to anyone who took offense at my response. In my defense, I was a little annoyed at the way that many commentators seemingly attacked the journalist as well as making serious accusations against my character, even they admitted that there was no proof and it was just their suspicion.
I apologise further and should not have written in anger. Just goes to show that I am human. :)
On re-reading the comments, it seems to me that there are a lot of misconceptions out there, and it is important that these misconceptions are addressed as it is not healthy to:
- have a firm, loyal support base, and then,
- to have an equally distrustful group on the other side
In Ms Han Cilliers’ last article, she puts it down to really three issues, being:
I would like to add:
- A Proper Website
It is true that for many people that perception is reality. No matter what the other person/body does (in this case the MSSA), if perception does not change, nothing will change. So, I am hoping my responses below will help everybody to start re-evaluating perceptions.
So here goes:
The MSSA is a body that is run by volunteers, but even having said this, it still needs money to make things happen. The MSSA is aware that there are gamers who do not want to pay fees and for this reason was looking at obtaining sponsorships to cover players which would allow them to play in the Regional Championships without being Registered Players.
This has already been approved by the committee in principle, and the MSSA is in deep discussion with prospective sponsors in this regard.
The concept of giving players a trial membership is an interesting one. This concept has been mooted from time to time in the past few years and requires Executive Committee approval. The Executive Committee consists of all elected office-bearers and all member clubs.
I shall by the end of the week instruct the General Secretary to call an Executive Committee Meeting and to place this topic on the Agenda.
There already exists an eSports representative on the MSSA, who is in the process of constituting an eSports Board of Control.
With regards to the suggestion of adding representatives for key eSport games, we would like to implement this as soon as possible and fortunately our regulations already allows for this.
We will provide more information on this within a week, and we will endeavor to make this process as inclusive as possible, catering for both members and non-members, as you have requested.
If people want a press conference, the MSSA will gladly give one.
I have already booked the hall at the Old Edwardian Society in Lower Houghton for Saturday, 15 March 2014 to which all the local press are invited.
The MSSA Website
With regards to the MSSA website, this setup of a new website is a priority for me, and I have been assured by our developer that it will be up and running in two weeks.
I thank you all for your time. I do know how passionate you are all about gaming, and knowing what the MSSA can do for you, I believe that if we all work together, we can achieve even greater achievements than what we have already done! I will endeavor to keep listening to your constructive feedback and help make gaming better for all South Africans.
Mr Simphiwe Maphumulo, President, Mind Sports South Africa
Let’s say I remain cautiously optimistic. Regardless, feel free to post any questions you’d like answered in the comments section below, and I’ll be sure to try and squeeze a few in there along with my own.