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Saturday, 24 May 2014 17:48

Cat of the Year 2014: 12 July

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COTY 2014 which will be held in Gauteng on the 12th of July 2014.

Rand Cat Club will be hosting this year’s COTY which is being generously sponsored by Royal Canin.

The venue is the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg - http://www.legacyhotels.co.za/en/hotels/sunnyside

The theme for the event is EAST.

More details to follow. 

Sunday, 19 January 2014 05:10

Breed Groups Message

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In 2013 there was the least Breed Group activity since the inception of the Breed Groups in 1996. This is cause for concern, as breeders are placing their rights to have a say in their breeds back into the hands of the clubs and judges only; something we all fought so hard to change.

The General ballot this year contained several pages of proposed colour and eye colour changes, and so many breeders were not eligible to vote, as their Breed Group memberships had lapsed or their Breed Groups have ceased to exist.

Electronic and social media have become real time sources of sharing breed and cat related information, promoting breeds and educating breeders and owners about the care and husbandry of these breeds.

The Breed Groups Report contains summary of the proposals and the outcome of the voting during the SACC Governing Council AGM for 2013.

The revised standards will be added to this website shortly.

Ingrid de Wet -  SACC: Breed Council Secretary

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Thursday, 13 December 2012 02:32

Official Suspension List

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Official Suspension List

Last Updated:February, 2013

 

#

 

NAME OF MEMBER

 

CATTERY NAME

(PREFIX)

 

DATE

 

SUSPENSION STATUS

1.

V Spacey

Wrevenick &

Wolfpack

November 2006

Permanent

2.

Y Schmiedeskamp

Pointers

November 2007

Permanent

3.

I King

Takara

November 2008

Permanent

4.

R Bloemhoff

Mistbesque

June 2010

Indefinite

5.

C Rudolph

Cuumba

June 2010

Permanent

6.

Paul Kaminsky &

Rose Wilson

Kamsky

Iceland

July, 2011

Suspended for 1 year-

To be reviewed on request

7.

Herman van Noordwyk

Yalinka

May, 2011

Suspended for 1 year.

8.

Herman van Noordwyk

Yalinka

February, 2012

Permanent

9.

Mariette Burger

LaMaska

October, 2012

Permanent

10.

Linet Coetzer

Caziggi

October, 2012

Permanent refusal

Reasons for possible suspension from SACC:

*(Please note that this list is non-exhaustive)

  • Not adhering to the SACC Breeder Code of Good Practice
  • Breach of the SACC Registration rules
  • Fraudulent pedigrees
  • General, unbecoming conduct of Members & Breeders
  • Breach of the SACC Show rules
Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:40

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

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20 February 2012

By now you would have either read or heard about the various postings on the social network pages and on the various chat groups. We are referring to the comments attributed to Mr Herman van Noordwyk, who is currently under a year 's suspension, ending June 2012. Firstly we need to refute Mr van Noordwyk's allegation in a mail of 3 February, that we are only holding a hearing 8 months after he was suspended. A meeting was held by all the Cape delegates after the various comments posted by Mr van Noordwyk at that time, and the outcome was that he receive a one year suspension.

The hearing that Mr van Noordwyk was asked to attend on 18 February, which he failed to attend, was to discuss the welfare of his cats, the various defamatory and slanderous remarks he has made as well as matters that have brought the Southern Africa Cat Council (SACC) into both national and international disrepute.

We, as regulatory body, need to advise all of our members and the general public of the true state of affairs. The SACC has been accused, solely on hearsay, of dragging their feet, but nothing can be further from the truth! Never let it be said that we suspend members based solely on hearsay, contrary to what Mr van Noordwyk says. We will always do a full examination of all of the facts, obtaining written and if at all possible photographic proof. Once we are 100% sure of the facts, only then will we proceed with a full investigation, and if necessary call in the member to discuss the matter. Whilst the matters discussed at the meeting of 18 February are extremely unpleasant, we feel that without everybody knowing the complete truth this matter will continue to fester for weeks to come. The following is a brief outline of the charges that we had hoped to discuss with Mr van Noordwyk, as well as the proof we had gathered to refute his wild allegations.

1. Mr van Noordwyk brought SACC into disrepute by accusing an overseas breeder, and delegates, of fraudulently altering registration certificates. We have a written report confirming that the cat on the registration certificate (allegedly altered) was NEVER registered to Mr van Noordwyk.

2. Mr van Noordwyk brought SACC into disrepute was well as misrepresenting SACC by stating that SACC would not register cats from this overseas organisation. Even had Mr van Noordwyk not been suspended at the time, he would not have had the authority to make such statements.

3. Mr van Noordwyk made defamatory and unfounded comments about a member of the public, and in doing so did untold damage to this person 's business. Mr van Noordwyk also laid a charge of theft against this member of the public after requesting that this person please take his cats (21 kittens, queens and a stud) into safety. This request came after a public disturbance at his house and that the cats were under threat. This can be verified on Mr van Noordwyk 's own Face Book page. Mr van Noordwyk has also posted photos of his cats after he received them back, accusing the member of the public of not having looked after his cats. Again we have photographic proof (the photos ' were taken about 12 hours after the cats arrived at the member of public 's premises) that the cats arrived from Mr van Noordwyk 's home in this condition. We also have a full vet 's report on the condition and treatment of the cats. While two cats died and others lost an eye, it is in no way attributable to this member of the public. It should be noted that this same member of the public who has been accused of theft and mistreatment of the cats, spent a small fortune of his own money to treat the cats. Mr van Noordwyk has since repaid R 20 000,00 which is less than half of the bill. It should also be noted that even after the theft charge and the accusations of ill treatment, Mr van Noordwyk wanted this same member of the public to look after his studs on a monthly basis!

4. Mr van Noordwyk acted contrary to the code of ethics expected of SACC breeders. Kittens taken from Mr van Noordwyk had not been inoculated and by Mr van Noordwyk 's own admission he did not know the parents of all the kittens.

5. Mr van Noordwyk made defamatory statements concerning the Chairman of the All Breeds Cat Club (ABCC) on the various social media networks. It has also been established that Mr van Noordwyk obtained a confidential ABCC members list, and spread further defamatory statements as well as false statements concerning the financial viability of the club. These statements can only be seen as a total fabrication as Mr van Noordwyk is not a member of the club and would therefore not have had the privilege of been able to inspect the books. These same books have been audited and accepted by those present at the ABCC AGM last Saturday.

6. Mr van Noordwyk attempted to defame the current vice president of SACC, on a worldwide social network.

Whilst it was not of general knowledge, Mr van Noordwyk has received help from various sources. A member of a local club, who is a delegate to SACC (and who was also defamed), had been to his house to try and guide him in how to go about showing and registering his cats. Another delegate from Gauteng has also tried to advise Mr van Noordwyk regarding who he should approach overseas to get the best cats. Local delegates have also tried to assist with the application for recognition of Mr van Noordwyk Turkish Angora cats. These are the very same people that Mr van Noordwyk has found it necessary to insult and accuse.

In closing we would once again like to assure everybody, both local and international, that the welfare of the cats is of paramount importance to us. Whilst those present at the meeting on the 18 February do not want to divulge the full ruling and outcome until Mr van Noordwyk has been advised, we would like to assure all of our members and our international friends that we will not tolerate such despicable behaviour.

 

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 05:35

WCC Seminar: Programme

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The 2011 WCC SEMINAR & OPEN MEETING is hosted by the SOUTHERN AFRICA CAT COUNCIL and takes place on 8 July 2011, from 08H30 to 17H00 at the SOUTHERN SUN GRAYSTON HOTEL, Sandton.

Sponsored by Royal Canin

(download a PDF version to print)

PROGRAMME

08H30 - 08H40  Welcome  - Mr Jan van Rooyen

08h40 - 09h30   Introduction of WCC Delegates.

09h30 - 11h00   Updates on Genetic Testing & New Breeds vs Defects. -  Dr Leslie Lyons

011h00 - 11h15  Tea/Coffee

11h15 - 12h15   Advances in the Management of Feline Reproduction. - Dr Daniela Steckler

12h15 - 13h00   Breeding Programs for African Wildlife. De Wildt Animal Sanctuary

13h00 - 14h00   Lunch

14h00 - 15h00   The use of Megavoltage Radiation in feline cancer patients. - Dr Georgina Crewe

15h00 - 15h15   Tea/Coffee

15h15 - 16h15   Nutrition for reproduction and growth in cats. - Dr Victoria Geddes

16h15 - 16h55   Open Discussion: Q&A to WCC Delegates WCC Delegates

16h55 - 17h00   Closing Mr Jan van Rooyen

More about our speakers:

Dr Leslie Lyons

Dr Lyons is an associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002 Dr. Lyons made international headlines by analysing the DNA of the world's first cloned cat, a kitten named Cc: and confirming that it was indeed a true clone, a genetic copy of its mother. Dr. Lyons has helped develop DNA tests for polycystic kidney disease (PKD), an inherited condition that shortens the life of cats by causing them to suffer kidney cysts. Previous tests for this condition involved ultrasound and were not very accurate, unlike the DNA test devised by Dr. Lyons. Approximately one third of all Persian cats carried the PKD gene at one time, but because of ultrasound testing and the newer, more accurate DNA tests, these PKD-carrier cats are gradually being identified and removed from the feline gene pool by spaying and neutering. A DNA test for feline coat colour carriers and feline

parentage has also been developed by Dr. Lyons, and is being offered to cat breeders, like the PKD test, so that they can determine whether cats they have bred have correct pedigrees, and whether these cats carry colourpoints, Burmese Colour Restriction, long hair, colour dilution or rare coat colours, such as chocolate and cinnamon. One of Dr. Lyons' current projects is identification of the genes that cause head defects, a lethal deformity in American Burmese cats. She is also working on identifying genes that cause Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which causes affected kittens to become blind at the age of approximately two months. Although much of Dr. Lyons' research has dealt with cats, she also works on resources for gene mapping of other companion animals, such as dogs and horses. She has a partial appointment with the California National Primate Research Centre and is developing new genetic research for the rhesus macaque.

Dr Daniela Steckler

Dr Steckler was born in Germany and study Veterinary Science at the Freie University of Berlin, Germany. She also passed the South Africa Veterinary Board exam and achieved her Master of Veterinary at the University of Pretoria. She is a Diplomat of the American College of Theriogenology, specialising in animal reproduction. She is also a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria in a bovine reproduction course. Dr Steckler has been involved in numerous research initiatives, including Seroprevalence of canine herpesvirus in breeding kennels in the Gauteng Province of South Africa and

Parentage Verification of the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) in a multisire insemination trial using an international microsatellite test panel.

Dr Georgina Crewe

After graduating with a BVSc degree (University of Pretoria, 1964), Dr Crewe worked as a state veterinarian for two years, concentrating on milk production and cattle breeding. She then set up a small animal practice, working part time for the following institutes: Occupational Health, National Health, Technikon RSA and the University of the Witwatersrand. Whilst working at the University of the Witwatersand, Dr Crewe had access to a Cobalt radiation machine. She realised that radiation could cure, or at least have a palliative effect on cats

and dogs suffering from solar induced squamous cell carcinomas and other painful radiosensitive cancers. For her research on ΓÇ£The Effect of Cobalt60 Radiation on Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Nasal Planum of the Domestic Cat"she was awarded an MSc in 2009.

Dr Victoria Geddes

Dr Geddes graduated with a BVSc degree from the University of Pretoria in 2006. From January 2007 to June 2010 she worked as a small animal veterinarian both in South Africa and England. During this time period she also did 8 months of Equine practice. Dr Geddes joined Royal Canin in July 2010 as the Technical Manager for Gauteng, the Free State and the Eastern Cape, concentrating on nutrition in dogs and cats.

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