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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.