The SACC exists primarily to assist cat breeders and stakeholders in SACC by providing relevant, up-to-date information about SACC and pedigreed cats, focusing on topics related to:
the organized cat fancy at large.
As the central internet hub for all things SACC, this site strives to provide important news relevant to SACC, cat breeds and the organized cat fancy, both local and international.
It also has a secondary purpose to portray SACC to the international cat community and the general cat-lover public at large who wants to know more about the organized cat fancy in South Africa, and pedigreed cats in general.
The Southern Africa Cat Council's objectives include:
Administer the registration of pedigrees of cats and kittens
Promulgate the rules of the management of cat shows
Promote the interest of breeders and exhibitors of cats
Ensure the efficient co-existence of its Councils and offices
Promulgate rules, regulations and codes of ethics
Lay down standards for all Breeds in conjunction with Member Clubs, the Breed Council and the SA Council of Cat Judges
Promote a knowledge of Cats and Breed Standards by investigating or to assist in investigations to ensure that the breeding of cats and the showing of cats are according to the highest standards
Train or to assist in training of persons for the breeding, judging, show managing and stewarding of cats
History of the SACC
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 Southern Africa Cat Council.
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.
SACC MANAGEMENT 2023/2025
President: Ngaio Crawley
Vice President: Karen Pepler
Treasurer: Jan van Rooyen
Secretary: Karen Labuschagne
Registrar: Johan van Rooyen
Breed Council Secretary: Ingrid de Wet
Judges Council Delegate: Ngaio Crawley
International Liaison Officer: Jan van Rooyen
SACC’s Governing Council Club Delegates 2023/2025
Cat Fanciers Club: Elizabeth van Renen
Eastern Cape Cat Club: Rita Wiseman
Northern Cape Free State: Wendy Welham
Provincial Cat Society: Jane Goble
Rand Cat Club: Jan van Rooyen
Transvaal Cat Society: Gail Nel
Western Province Cat Club: Ingrid Van Eck Gain
The Governing Council of the Southern Africa Cat Council and its support management has both voting and non-voting members.
PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, TREASURER & SECRETARY- In order to fulfil one of these positions, a suitably qualified candidate is nominated and duly elected following a normal voting procedure i.e. every member of SACC has the right to vote. This is done every 2 years.
REGISTRAR- This is a long term position. The person is responsible for all aspects of Cat Registration and maintains the South African Cat Register. He/she is appointed by the members of the Governing Council of SACC.
BREED COUNCIL SECRETARY- This is a long term position. The person is appointed by the members of the Governing Council of SACC. He/she prepares the voting ballots for Breed Standard of Points related proposals which can be submitted by Breed Groups and Judges.
JUDGES’ COUNCIL DELEGATE- This is a 3-year position. The person is appointed by fellow judges.
INTERNATIONAL LIAISON OFFICER- Appointed annually by the members of the Governing Council of SACC.
The appointed person deals with non-South African cat-related issues and is Delegate to World Cat Congress of which SACC is a member organization.
A DELEGATE is chosen by the committee of every SACC Cat Club to represent the Club at Governing Council. The Delegate votes on behalf of his/her club on all proposals and items requiring a vote.