Amanda Pakade elected as Mind Sport South Africa MSSA President

Cosmo City’s own athlete Amanda Pakade is now the president of the Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA) and she aims to change a lot of things in the organisation and throughout the country.

MSSA is a nonprofit association and is an affiliate of the International eSports Federation, Federation de Jeau du Mondiale, and the International Wargames Federation. Due to its membership of such international bodies, the MSSA is the sole authority for the games that it caters for in terms of the Sport and Recreation Act, number 110 of 1998 (as amended).

MSSA is responsible for the good governance and promotion of historical figure games (also known as war-games), Board games (such as Diplomacy, Checkers, Draughts, Morabaraba Sport Stacking etc), Card Gaming, Robotics, and eSports (whether they are played on Cell phones, PSPs or Personal Computers)

 Amanda Pakade said she is set to make a difference in the world of Mind Sport.

“To be honest, let me say I am happy and humbled to be the MSSA president,” she said. “on the other side I am very nervous because I feel like there is a lot of work to be done in this country in order to equip Mind Sport.”

MSSA has been existence for a long time, Pakade said, but its games are still not taken seriously. She said she personally feels that mind sport has been ignored by our government and other stakeholders.

“I think people need to understand that a lot of mind sport games should be taken seriously and controlled,” she added. “In some cases, children play video games for more than 4 hours, which tends to affect them in a bad way. It is unhealthy but it is happening in our country so we need to get rid of that as MSSA. We want children to play in a safe, controlled environment.”

Even with active sport, Pakade added, individuals need mental strength to perform well.

 Having represented MSSA at the site inspection for IESF’S 10th World Championships, attended IESF's 11th Ordinary General Meeting in Kaohsuing, and overseen changes to MSSA's constitution and regulations Pakade proved that she was a hard-worker as well as a formidable committee member who has the vision and ability to lead MSSA “Not a single person stood against Amanda for the position of MSSA President,” said MSSA general secretary Colin Webster. “Even though MSSA's Constitution allows for members to vote against nominations, every member that voted cast their ballot in favor of her.”
With the will of the membership behind her, Pakade has begun her three year term and is determined to effect greater changes that will benefit all athletes.

MMSA Committee members: President - Amanda Pakade; Vice - President - Johan van Breda; Executive Officers - Anabela Joubert, Jason Batzofin, and Leonard Loftus; General Secretary – Colin Webster; Women’s Desk – Blair Hamberger; Board Gaming – Joseph Matlhong; Card Gaming – Paula Loftus; Computer Gaming – Marisa van der Westerhuizen; Wargaming – Terence Allwright; National  Schools Director – vacant; Legal Advisor – Carl Holliday; Disabled Gamer’s Representative – TwaneTollemache; Player’s Representative –  AmonéBekker 

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PR Councillor intervenes in Zandspruit’s service delivery

Ward 114 DA PR councillor Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku has pushed for proper service delivery in Zandspruit, following the consistent rise of illegal dumping in the community.

Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said she took action after receiving receiving several complaints from the Zandspruit community members.

“On Wednesday, 30 January 2019, I received several phone calls,” she said.

“The community members were unhappy with Pikitup having not collected their refuse at the usual collection points, in addition to illegal dumping in the area which has risen. The complainants forwarded me some photos of eye sore filth.”

When the community members recently held meetings with the local authorities, they were told to address the issue with the members of Democratic Alliance, according to the residents.

“When I heard of this,” Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said, “I immediately raised the issue of the non-collection of refuse on the Pikitup WhatsApp group. Thereafter, some areas received relief, while others remained with uncollected rubbish.”

After no feedback for 48 hours and still getting calls from community members, the councillor said she made another followed-up.

“Since the residents allege that the ward councillor is not responding to them,” the PR councillor said, “part of our role is to escalate these issues to the various municipal owned entities, in order for service delivery to take place especially since they allege that the Ward Councillor is not responding to them.”

As a public representative working in Zandspruit, Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said she will continue to escalate the service delivery issues of the people of Zandspruit.

“My role as a Councillor is not to be biased,” she said. “I will not be intimidated nor bullied into bowing down to those who want their egos to be massaged and who want to delay service delivery to the people of Zandspruit.” 

She said she would like to thank the City of Johannesburg officials for working tirelessly to bring Diphetogo (Real Change) to the people of Zandspruit.

“There seems to be a perception by the Ward Councillor that the role of the PR Councillor is to report to him. However, our role as Councillors is to do oversight, and to ensure that the communities in which we serve get service delivery, said Cllr Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku.

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