1899 to 1902 - register held in Cape Colony
1912 - 1913 - South African Cat Fanciers Association held shows
14 June 1946 - a register is formed in Natal, called the South African Cat Union
27 February 1948 - WPCC founded
4 December 1948 - WPCC first show. The register was transferred to Cape Town and operated as the South African Cat Union (SACU)
Between 1948 and 1957 - the Transvaal Cat Register was formed.
November 1957 - "Associated Cat Clubs at present consists of Rand Cat Club, Siamese Cat Society of SA [now TCS] and Natal Cat Club." The ACC was not a governing body but there were hopes to make it so. Members co-operated, including adhering to a common register
November 1959 - WPCC was admitted to the Associated Cat Clubs and, as a result, the SACU was dissolved. All cats which were to be exhibited had to be registered with the Transvaal Cat Register
March 1970 - first Governing Council meeting of the Associated Cat Clubs of SA.
1996 - the Associated Cat Clubs morphs into SACC.
1997 – a group of SACC members broke away to start the Cat Federation of Southern Africa (CFSA); the Natal Cat Club terminated its affiliation with SACC and affiliated with CFSA
So it seems quite clear that SACC can trace its roots to 1946 via the ACC of SA to the SACU and TCR
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
Facebook : NCFS Cat Club
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.