SACC supports the following resolution taken at the World Cat Congress Annual Meeting in 2015 “WCC neither promotes nor approves the presence of wild feline species in connection with a cat show.”
The Cat Fanciers’ Club was born in Johannesburg around 1979. At that time there were 2 other cat clubs in the region and some people felt there was no need for a third club. The founder members disagreed and made a commitment to not only serve the breeders and cat lovers that are members in the usual way, but to constantly try to introduce new, innovative ideas to try to keep the cat fancy growing and to attract exhibitors with fresh ideas and concepts on a regular basis.
The Provincial Cat Society (PCS) is the club for Cat Fanciers who live in KwaZulu Natal.
PCS’s primary objective is to promote the welfare of all cats. To achieve this, three shows are held each year where owners and breeders can meet in an environment of mutual interests and respect. The public are welcomed at these shows and breeders enjoy the opportunity to inform people about their breed.
Breeders are encouraged to promote showing to their kitten buyers. PCS and the breeders mentor these new exhibitors. Club members are available to assist fellow and new breeders.
The club also concerns itself with the plight of less privileged cats, and in the past three years, PCS has donated over R8000.00 to Cat Rescue organisations.
The PCS committee is a cohesive and dynamic group, all of whom are genuinely passionate about cats and the voluntary work they do for PCS.
The committee is made up of:
Jane Goble – Chair
Mariana Ciacciariello – Secretary and Social Media
Roy Jacoby – Treasurer
Angela Jacoby – Book keeper
Mariana Ciacciariello – Governing Council Delegate
Jacqui Dawson – Press Liaison and PRO
Nettie du Plessis – Membership Secretary
The Northern Cape / Free State Cat Club is affiliated to SACC and is situated in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.
The club membership is open to all cat lovers from all over South Africa. You do not have to own a pedigree cat to be a member of any cat club. You just need to love cats and be interested in anything cat-related.
We also hold championship shows annually. 7 cats from our region qualify at our shows to attend the Cat of the Year show (COTY) each year:
2 Household pets (unregistered cat), 1 kitten (pedigreed kitten), 2 Entires (breeding pedigreed cats) and 2 Neuters (sterilized pedigreed cats) from the Northern Cape/Free State region take part in this prestigious event as our club's representatives annually.
To promote interest in, and knowledge of, cats;
To hold shows, and encourage the breeding of cats to the highest standard;
To advance in every way possible the interest of breeders, exhibitors and the Club members;
To encourage pet owners to sterilize and inoculate their pet cats;
To run the Club as a non-profit making organization and to devote any surplus realized by the club to further the objectives of the Club;
To encourage, whenever possible, to a charitable organization devoted to the welfare of cats;
To co-operate with, affiliate with or to join any society, body or association, whether provincial, national or international, having objectives wholly or in part similar to those of this club;
To co-operate with societies, veterinarians and individuals in trap, sterilize and release programs of feral cat colonies
Chairperson: Wendy Welham firstname.lastname@example.org 083 633 3344
Treasurer: Wendy Welham
Secretary: Suzette vd Berg email@example.com 083 294 6433
Committee Members: Carol Kotze, Lorette Gouws, Zanri Fourie, Dries Fourie, Juvaan Pilcher, Eric Aspeling
Club Delegate: Wendy Welham
Show Managers: Suzette van den Berg & Wendy Welham
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I cannot believe that COTY is almost upon us once again- there are only a few shows left, so I’m sure that many of you are starting to get anxious about whether you will qualify or not. Please do not allow anxiousness to become unpleasant – all exhibitors would love to qualify but there are limited “places” to fill, so even if your cat doesn’t make it- be excited and happy for the owners whose cats do qualify.
Rand Cat Club will be hosting this year’s COTY which is being generously sponsored by Royal Canin.
The World Cat Congress was held in Miami, Florida, USA in March and the SACC Treasurer, Jan van Rooyen, attended as SACC Delegate. The report from this congress will appear in the next newsletter.
SACC will once again be in charge of the Cat Hall at WODAC this year. Please contact the SACC Office if you are able to help in any way at WODAC- this is a busy weekend for Jan and his Show Team and all assistance will be welcomed with open arms. Unfortunately shows don’t get put together by themselves-
they take a lot of hard work, time and effort by a few dedicated people; perhaps everyone should remember this when “the undercurrent grumbling” begins at shows or on social network sites.
Good Luck for COTY.
To all SACC Members
Because the 2014 Show Season is almost upon us, please take time to become familiar with the Show Rules- the rules are there for your protection as well as for the protection of the Organisation.
Please remember there is only one winner at the end of the day - a beautiful cat. Let's be happy for the owner, regardless of who he or she is. This is regarded as good sportsmanship in any organization.
To all SACC Breeders
I'm sure the world is a happier place because of all those beautiful South African bred kittens you are successfully raising – please register all your kittens, even the non-show quality babies, because it is an important part of being a responsible breeder. After all, how can a person criticise back yard breeders, if he/she is registering only part of a litter?
Have a fun filled year!
Vice Chairman, SACC
The Society was founded in 1949 when a small group of enthusiasts, particularly interested in the Siamese Cat, met and discussed the idea of laying down a standard for the breed, based on that existing overseas, and the holding of shows to encourage breeders to improve local standards and foster a better understanding of the care and management of cats in general.
The founder members of the Society were Gladys Haswell, Rosemary Harte and the Rev. and Mrs. Oliver. A stimulus was given to the activities of the Society when the late Mrs. Stewart and Dr. F.G. Stewart joined the committee and their intimate knowledge of show procedure was made available to the Society
The Siamese Cat Society of SA changed its name on 27 February 1984 to become the Transvaal Cat Society. Their first show was held in the Norwegian Hall in de Villiers Street, Johannesburg, in 1950 and apparently attracted “long queues of people”. Dr and Mrs Stewart, who had not long since immigrated from England where they were very involved with the cat fancy, were essential to the show, as they were the “only people in Johannesburg… who knew anything about shows or how to run them.” (RCC newsletter, reprinted in Cats Calling August 1961). Both were judges, but on this occasion, Dr Stewart had to run the show, so Mrs Stewart judged every exhibit.
These two also undertook the judges’ training in Johannesburg. At the time of the Society’s establishment, Siamese were by far the most popular breed in South Africa, with some 1 400 being registered countrywide by 1955. The Siamese Cat Society was one of the first members of the Associated Cat Clubs of SA, the forerunner of SACC, along with the Rand Cat Club, Natal Cat Club, and Western Province Cat Club. Rosemary Harte moved to Cape Town, where she was very well known for many years. Mr John Oliver remained a Siamese enthusiast and passed away only recently.