I was born in Mozambique and immigrated to South Africa in 1975. I brought with me my lovely Siamese (unregistered) girl whom I showed at the Natal Cat Club in the Pet Class back in 1977. As far back as I can remember, I have shared my life with cats.
Home is in Durban, South Africa. I am married to Victor and have one daughter Natasha, age 22. Some will probably recall how close she came to being born at the Natal Cat Club show on 29 May 1993.
The Burmese Aqualeo’s Suki-Su, a beautiful brown girl, was the first cat I showed. This was in 1987 at a Natal Cat Club Show in Pietermarizburg. I registered my cattery ACUSHLA in 1987, bred my first litter the same year and was an active breeder until 1999.
I have worked on the awards table at many shows and stewarded for a number of years. I commenced my judge’s training course in Persians/Exotics in 2000. In 2002 I qualified and progressed to do the Siamese/Oriental course qualifying in 2007.
I assisted in forming the Shorthair Cat Fancy in 1988 and in forming the Natal Burmese Cat Society a few years later in 1999.
I have judged at PCS, AICA and CASA shows for a few years.
I am a member of the East Coast KwaZulu Natal Panel of Cat Judges which is affiliated to the Southern Africa Cat Council (SACC).
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B.Sc Agric (1989,
B.Sc Agric Honours (Agricultural economics) (1990;
M.Sc Agric (Agricultural economics) (1997;
Masters in International and Development Economics (2000;
Cat Fanciers Club of SA: Committee member (Governing Council Delegate)
Siamese Breeders Group of SA: past Committee member (Trophy Officer)
SA Council of Cat Judges: past Chairperson
Cat Judges Incorporated: past Chairperson
Breeding experience: I became involved in the cat fancy in 1979 when my mother started breeding Siamese. My own cattery (prefix: Siamlove) was registered in 1991, and I have been breeding Siamese and Orientals on a small scale and showing my cats since July 1991.
Judging experience: I stewarded at shows regularly since 1988. In 1996 I commenced a judge 's training course in the Siamese/Oriental/Balinese section and qualified in 1998. In 1999 I qualified in the Persian/Exotic section. I subsequently qualified in the four sections of the Foreign Group (2005 to 2007). I am currently a student in the Medium Hair section.
I have judged regularly at shows in
I am a member of the Cat Judges Incorporated panel, which is affiliated to the Southern Africa Cat Council (SACC).
I live in The Kingdom of The Zulu, in Durban South Africa, I live 30 minutes out of Durban in the hilly Kloof area.
I became the proud owner of my Persian cat in 1987 from a breeder in Johannesburg. Show my Persian at a show in 1988. As I was putting my baby in a cage at the show and looking at the other cats, I knew that she was not a good example of the breed.
I decided there and then that if I want a good example, the best will be to breed with my good example to a good example to the right blood lines.
First litter was born in 1989 which produced two Supremes out of the litter.
I have bred out of my lines numerous Supremes. Other breeding was British and had two litters only, and had three Supremes out the two litters.
Currently breeding British.
I am a great believer that judges can learn from breeders, if you want to grow and understand what breeders want to achieve without being negative.
I became a Committee Member of the Persian Cat Society in 1990 and is still a member of the Society. I have been the Treasurer and Chairman of the Persian Cat Society .
I am the Show Manager for the prestigious "World Of Dogs And Cats" from the first championship show to be held in May or November every year.
I was the Vice president of the SACC (Southern Africa Cat Council) for 2002 and 2003.
From 2004 to 2007 the President of SACC and a position that I take very serous to insure the promotion of the cat fancy and pedigree cats.
Currently I am again Vice President.
I have been at 2 Word Cat Congress meetings.
I started my first course in 1992 and received my All Breed Judge Status in April 2001.
I found my own breed course Persian difficult as I have to forget my personal differences.
The most difficult course was the Foreign Group as there where 24 different breeds to learn.
I am a Panel Member The Kwa-Zulu Natal Panel of Judges (Natal)
My position in this panel is training of judges.
I entered the Cat Fancy in 2003 showing Devon Rex.┬á I own
I started stewarding for the Cape Town Stewards Forum in 2004 and became the Secretary of this Forum in 2005.
I am currently training to be an All Breeds Judge and am thus far qualified to judge the Siamese Oriental and Medium Hair Groups.
I am a high school teacher, teaching at a private school in
I qualified as an All Breeds Judge in 2003. I have judged extensively locally, nationally and internationally (
I am also a Founder member of the Burmese Interest Group and Club.
Currently, I am secretary for the
I have been breeding quality Burmese for more than 20 years.
I have been an All Breeds Judge since 1985, judging both nationally and several times in
I was President of SACC in 1999 and 2000 and have been the
I bred Persians and Abyssinians for 22 years.
On a personal level, I am a retired high school teacher. I am married with 3 children and 2 grandsons. Apart from cats I enjoy gardening and reading.
I got my first Colourpoint, a blue point female on 6 June 1980 This was the start of my love affair with the Colourpoint Persian. Because I lived in Port Elizabeth, I had access to only one show (in those days!) per year. For any other how I had to travel to Cape Town or another centre. Because I was so isolated, I joined every Colourpoint/ Himalayan breeders ' group in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe ( if I was able to read the language I joined!) I could find!
Nine years later I moved to live in Benoni, where I was able to show cats several times a year without making a big expedition out of the weekend. I stewarded at every show, and eventually started acting as Head Steward more and more often. It was inevitable that I would start working on my training towards a future cat judge.
I became a member of the Cat Fanciers ' Club of SA in 1980 and a committee member in 1988 and filled several portfolios over the years. I was Editor for the Cat Fancier 's Club magazine for several years and helped with shows until I found myself acting as show manager for the CFC shows in the mid nineties. I have represented the CFC as their Delegate at times and have been SACC Breed Council Secretary since 1996.
Like so many of my SACC fellow judges, I have been privileged to judge in other countries. I have judged in several cities in Australia, in New Zealand and in Paris, France. My most recent trip was to Namibia where I met my fellow African Exhibitors.
These travels have made me realize what a high standard is maintained by our local breeders, sometimes in the face of great difficulty. I have great admiration for my fellow South African breeders who dedicate themselves to the betterment (on all levels) of their respective breeds. Keep up the fight! It is worth it!
Today I am still dedicated to the improvement of my chosen breed, The Colourpoint Persian I act as Show Manager for CFC at least one show per year and get the opportunity to handle the beautiful breeds out there when I assess them as an All Breeds judge.
I completed my training as a Registered Nurse in 1976 at Bulawayo Central Hospital in what is now Zimbabwe
Immigrated to South Africa in 1983
I was married for 26 years and am now divorced I have two daughters aged 25 & 22, my eldest daughter, Megan, was instrumental in getting me involved in the Burmese breed and again for getting the breeding process started!!
Mela Cattery was registered in 1998 with SACC and I became a member of the Persian Cat Society in 1999, breeding my first Supreme Champion in 2000
Alison Renwick and I imported a female lilac tortie & a male cream Burmese in 2003, he has been an excellent foundation to both our catteries and the cattery we registered for our co-owned cats – Onaoan
I have been working as a Medical Rep in the industry for 18 years and with my present company, Bayer Schering Pharma for the past 15 years, specializing in cardio-vascular, anti-infective & endocrine drugs
I started the judges course in late 2005 and have just completed the Siamese/Oriental course & am finally the judge of one breed!!!
My interests include theatre, movies, reading, scrap-booking and of course my cats
Member of the CJI panel in Gauteng. Started showing Abyssinians and Orientals in 1985 and stewarding at all cat shows. Soon added Turkish Vans and Somalis to my breeding program. Scottish Folds, Munchkins, LaPerms joined this list later.
Bred and owned several top cats in COTY over the years, including the 2001 winner, a Turkish Van, Karnaki Kemal. I also own Cymrics, American Curls, Birmans and one delightful Skookum.