About KUSA

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What is KUSA?

KUSA, whose official name is the Kennel Union of Southern Africa, was founded in 1891 as a non-profit making organisation devoted to the advancement and welfare of dogs, particularly purebred ones, as companions to man.

Whow makes up KUSA?

Some two hundred affiliated dog clubs; over six thousand members, and a paid office staff in Cape Town.

Who runs KUSA?

The day-to-day running and administration is done by the office in Cape Town, under the direction of the Secretary. All policy matters are decided on by the governing body, the Federal Council, and any subject that is sufficiently motivated can be put to the Council by Club members, through their Club and the local Kennel Union Provincial Council.

Is KUSA organized regionally?

Yes, in that the various Provincial Councils are responsible for matters which specifically affect their area. Everything that affects dogdom nationally, and policy matters, are centralised through the Federal Council.

Is there a council in each of the nine provinces?

No, only because there are either no Dog Clubs, or too few, to form a Council in some of them. The Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Nat al, and Western Province all have their own Councils. The Free State also looks after the Northern Cape, whilst Gauteng, Northwest Province, Mpumalanga and Northern Province all fall under one Council.

What does KUSA actually do?

It is the principal and only fully internationally recognised registry for all breeds of purebred dogs in Southern Africa. KUSA is a member of the South African Sports Commission, the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), has reciprocal agreements with the National Canine Organisations in over ninety countries and is recognised by the South African Stud Book.

The Union makes Rules and Regulations for the Registration of dogs, Breed (Beauty) Shows, Obedience Classes, Working Trials, Dog Jumping, Dog Carting, Field Trials and Agility.

In Southern Africa KUSA sets qualifications for and approves people to judge at its Licensed Shows.

The Union has introduced Canine Good Citizen Tests which may be held by any acceptable organisation or person, whether or not affiliated to KUSA, with successful candidates receiving a numbered certificate.

It liaises with the Sports Council, Government, both central and local, together with the veterinary profession, welfare bodies and commercial organisations on matters of mutual interest.

It supports research into South Africa’s indigenous dogs and publish South Africa’s only dog magazine, with over sixty years of unbroken publication. It provides any enquirer with general and specialist information and make referrals where necessary. Through its library and records KUSA offers the serious student of canine history research facilities

How can I become a member?

Anyone can become a member provided that he/she have not been convicted in a Court of Law of cruelty or neglect of any animal and have not been found guilty of any other offence connected with dogs. However, you cannot become a member if you are under suspension from, or suspended by, any Canine organisation recognised by KUSA.

What about young people? Can they join?

Yes, if they are under eighteen there is a special Junior Rate and they can enter, depending on their age, Children’s or Junior Handler Classes, which are where the Handler is judged, not the dog. Naturally, they can also enter any event open to adults, as well.

Do I have to be a KUSA member to enter a show?

No but your dog must be registered , or in the case of dogs of impure breeding recorded with KUSA or an organisation recognised by The Union.. For more information on Shows you need to obtain our leaflet, ‘So you want to Show your Dog’.

How do I get in touch with KUSA?

The offices are on the sixth floor of Bree Castle Building, 68 Bree Street, Cape Town 8001 (Cnr. Bree/Castle Streets).

Offices are open 08h30 - 16h30 Mondays - Fridays (except Public Holidays).

Telephone : (021) 423 9027

E-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website : www.kusa.co.za

Banking Details

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ACCOUNT NAME: KENNEL UNION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
BANK: FIRST NATIONAL BANK
BRANCH: THIBAULT
BRANCH CODE: 202509
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 51450025635
REFERENCE: MEMBERSHIP NUMBER OR FULL NAME

We accept Credit Card payments or Direct Deposit.
When depositing funds into the KUSA Bank Account always use your membership number as the reference for the beneficiary.

Know your KUSA – Federal Councillors

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The Federal Council (Fedco) was established in 1932 when a new constitution was adopted for KUSA. Although the organisation has undergone many changes since 1933, Fedco remains solely responsible for the governance of KUSA and its policies across the spectrum of canine-related activities.

Each Federal Councillor has been assigned a specific portfolio of duties which plays to his, or her, strengths and expertise. Federal Councillors perform their duties on a voluntary basis and those who are in full-time employment devote many hours of their free time to KUSA.

We are pleased to provide a brief introduction to the Federal Councillors and highlight their portfolios:

Chairman – David Thompson

David and his wife Anne have been involved with showing and breeding dogs for over 35 years. They began with Labradors, but it wasn’t long before Pembroke Welsh Corgis took over their hearts and lives and their Palcatanda prefix was firmly established in the breed. More recently, the Thompsons were responsible for bringing the Cardigan Welsh Corgi back to South Africa after an absence of some 25 years.
David has served the Witwatersrand Corgi Club Tramordwy and Witwatersrand Kennel Club in various administrative capacities for over 25 years, in addition to serving on and chairing the DOGS Provincial Council. David does not judge, but has served many, many hours officiating as a Ring Steward.  Previously the Financial Director of several companies, David is now retired and was elected Chairman of Fedco three years ago.
Regrettably, David had to take a temporary leave of absence from his position as Chairman of Fedco when he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He has, however, remained a valued member of Fedco in an advisory capacity. David’s fellow Fedco members were delighted to receive the news recently that he had completed his initial course of chemotherapy and was enjoying improved health. While he is not yet in a position to resume the Chairman’s duties, David has agreed to assist Fedco by convening and leading a sub-committee to handle KUSA’s financial affairs, including assessing the current financial structure and assisting with budgeting and reporting.

Portfolio: Finance

 Vice Chairman - Chris Griffith

Chris Griffith is currently serving as Acting Chairman of Fedco during David’s leave of absence. Chris has been involved in breeding and showing Dobermanns for over 20 years under the Southernbell prefix. He is qualified to judge the Working group and is Chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Council.
Chris lives with his wife Jill on a 240 hectare farm in Lidgetton in the Natal Midlands. He is now retired from a very active business career, during which he was not only an Executive Director of Anglo American and Vice-Chairman of Anglo Industries, but also founded the Mondi Group.

Portfolios: Club Constitutions, FCI, Information Technology (IT), KUSA Constitution, Articles & Schedules

Lois Wilson

As the Chairman of the Executive Committee of KUSA, Lois Wilson serves on Fedco as the Exco representative. Lois was born into a dog-showing family in what was then Salisbury, Rhodesia, and grew up with Setters and Spaniels. Lois moved to South Africa with her family when her father was transferred and settled in Amanzimtoti.
She chose German Shepherds as her first “own” breed and later bred and exhibited Siberian Huskies. More recently, Lois, together with her daughter Kerrie, have enjoyed success with their Shibas and currently, she also owns and shows a Chinese Crested Dog.
Lois has held various administration posts on KwaZulu-Natal clubs since the 1980s. She is a qualified All-Breeds judge and has judged in several countries abroad. In addition, she judges Carting, Flyball & Obedience and is passionate about Junior Handling.

Portfolios: Handling, Registrations, Breed Standards, FCI, Website & Digital Communication

  Joan Barrow

Chairman of the Eastern Province & Border Provincial Council, Joan grew up in a household that was always animal-friendly and started competing in Working Trials and Obedience with a German Shepherd in the late 60s. She served as Secretary of the EP GSD club as long ago as 1969 and has held various official positions on PE Kennel Club since the late 70s. Joan also succeeded in the breed ring with her GSDs and later with Poodles, but, as an Obedience C Class judge, places great focus on the Working Disciplines. Joan was awarded the KUSA Presidential Community Canine Awareness Award in 1995 and has many years of volunteer service with the AACL under her belt where she has hand-reared dozens of orphaned new-borns and taken care of animals needing special attention. She loves all breeds of dogs and currently owns two German Shorthaired Pointers.

Portfolios:  Agility, Carting, Dog Jumping, Flyball, Obedience & Working Trials  

Doreen Powell

Doreen is Chairman of the Western Cape Provincial Council, a position she has held since 1994. Doreen and her late husband, David Powell, were persuaded to attend a show with their new Boxer puppy in 1960, at which time they were living in Durban. Within a very short space of time they were elected Secretary and Treasurer of the Natal Boxer Club and never looked back.
They moved to Cape Town in the mid ‘70s where David was elected as a Federal Councillor, a position he held until his death in 1984. Doreen has also served KUSA and the dog world in a variety of administrative positions over many years and her dedicated contribution was recognised with the award of an Honorary Life Membership of KUSA.
Doreen judges Obedience and All Breeds and is grateful for the many wonderful benefits, including travel abroad and amazing friends, that her involvement in the dog world has brought her.

Portfolios: Agility, Carting, Dog Jumping, Flyball, Obedience & Working Trials

Ricky Gouws

Ricky Gouws was elected Chairman of the recently re-instated Free State & Northern Cape Provincial Council at the end of August, and is enthusiastic about promoting and guiding the province in the future.
Ricky started showing Maltese and Yorkshire Terriers in the late 1980s, but later concentrated solely on Maltese and her “Libra” kennel enjoyed much success in the show-ring. Ricky is a qualified All-Breeds judge and has officiated in many overseas countries.
Having lived and worked as an accountant in Gauteng for many years, Ricky left the hustle and bustle of city life a few years ago and, together with her husband Gouws, moved to a sheep farm in Vosburg in the Northern Cape. Apart from farming duties and their interest in dogs, they are both keen cyclists and take great pleasure in cycling the many scenic routes offered by the area on a daily basis.
Ricky will be assigned portfolios at the December Fedco meeting. 

 

 


Jenny Hubbard

Jenny chairs the Northern Areas Provincial Council (NAPC) and has been involved in dogs since the mid ‘80s with Shar-Pei. In 1994 Jenny and was instrumental in bringing the Shar-Pei breed under the KUSA umbrella and she has been actively involved in KUSA activities ever since. Jenny’s judging history dates back to 2003 and she is a licensed Best in Show judge. She is no longer active in Shar-Pei, but now owns and breeds Shibas under her Rivervale affix.
Jenny has run her own business for 23 years, representing a leading brand of underwear in South Africa. She lives on an 8 hectare farm in Hennops River and, although KUSA activities demand a great deal of her time, she tries to spend as much time as possible in her beautiful garden.

Portfolios: Health & Genetics, ITT, IPO, Judges & Working Trials

Gérard Robinson

Gérard was elected to the Federal Council in 2011 and, in 2014, took over as Chairman of the District of Gauteng & Surrounds Provincial Council (DOGSPC).
Gérard acquired his first Long-haired Dachshund twenty-five years ago and started exhibiting shortly thereafter. He has remained fiercely loyal to this variety, although he loves and enjoys judging other varieties. He qualified as an All-Breeds judge in 2006 and has judged in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. He has awarded CCs in three varieties of Dachshund in the UK and judged Best in Show at the Dachshund Club of America “Nationals”.
Gérard lives in Johannesburg and when not pursuing canine interests, he consults in the fields of copyright law and intellectual property rights administration.

Portfolios: Judges & National Breed Judges Sub-committee, Media & Press

Carol Immelman

Because the District of Gauteng & Surrounds Provincial Council (DOGSPC) is made up of more than double the number of clubs in any other Provco, it is represented by two people on Fedco, the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman of the province. Carol Immelman is DOGSPC’s second representative.
Carol has been involved in dog shows since she was a teenager and has remained loyal to her Dalmatians for over 40 years. More recently she has developed an interest in Australian Shepherds as well.
Carol qualified as an All-Areeds judge in the late ‘90s and has judged extensively overseas. She lives on a smallholding in Benoni and works for Computicket in addition to having been a contributor to Animaltalk magazine since its inception over 20 years ago.

Portfolios: Breed Shows, Website & Digital Communication

KUSA History

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A SHORT HISTORY SINCE 1989

Prior to 1891 two dog clubs existed in Southern Africa - the South African Kennel Club of Port Elizabeth and the South African Kennel Club of Cape Town. The former was established and held its first show in 1883; Cape Town following suit in December 1889. These clubs subsequently changed their names to the Port Elizabeth Kennel Club and the Cape Town Kennel Club respectively. These clubs were the foundation clubs of the South African Kennel Club (S.A.K.C.) which changed its name in 1919, after the Kimberley Conference, to the South African Kennel Union (S.A.K.U.) and on 1 June 1964 to the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (K.U.S.A.).

These two clubs were joined in 1894 by the first club in the Transvaal, The Transvaal Kennel Club and by the Craddock, East London, Grahamstown and Queenstown Kennel Clubs in 1895, but the last three were never really permanent, fizzling out after holding one show. These were followed in 1899 by the S.A. Collie and Sheepdog Club, the Durban Kennel Club and the King Wlliam’s Town Kennel Club. Of all these clubs the only one which has been affiliated continuously, since its first affiliation, is the Port Elizabeth Kennel Club. The others having either vanished for ever or had a patchwork history.

The office of the controlling body was established in Cape Town. The Committee consisted of delegates from the affiliated clubs, the first Hon. Secretary being Mr. R.G. Dexter. A system of registration was initiated, with a fee of 2/6d (25c) for each dog and a register was opened. The first registration effected was “Plume”, a Wire-haired Fox Terrier bitch by “Barton Broom” ex “Perfection”, on the 23rd June 1891, the owner being Mr. A. Bell.

Great credit is due to the energy and resources of Mr. R.G. Dexter in the building up of the South African Kennel Club. He continued in office until 1899, when the office was removed to Johannesburg, as no fancier could be found to take over his duties, of which he was anxious to be relieved.

A meeting of delegates was held in Johannesburg on the 4th May 1899, the following clubs being represented : Transvaal Kennel Club,S.A. Collie and Sheepdog Club, Queenstown Kennel Club, Grahamstown Kennel Club, Durban Kennel Club, Port Elizabeth Kennel Club, Cape Town Kennel Club and King William’s Town Kennel Club. Mr. J.H. Butterworth occupied the chair and the meeting, after recording its appreciation of the valuable services rendered to the club by Mr. R.G. Dexter, appointed Mr. Frank Elkington as Secretary.

At this meeting it was resolved that the number of points for wins in open competition to entitle a dog to obtain the prefix of Champion should be twelve, to be awarded as follows : Transvaal, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town shows, three points : Grahamstown, Queenstown, King William’s Town shows, two points; East London and S.A. Collie and Sheepdog Club shows, one point.

It was also resolved at the same meeting that the cropping of dogs’ ears cease on and after the 1st June, 1899, and that any dog cropped after that date be disqualified.

After this the Anglo-Boer War intervened and the next meeting of the South African Kennel Club was held in Cape Town on the 11th November 1902. Delegates were present from Cape Town Kennel Club, Transvaal Kennel Club, Natal Kennel Club (replacing the Durban Kennel Club), S.A. Collie and

Sheepdog Club, Queenstown Kennel Club, King William’s Town Kennel Club and the Western Province Canine Association. Mr. J. Harpur of the Cape Town Kennel Club was in the chair. In June of the same year the first dog show in Natal was held by the Natal Kennel Club.

On the 20th June 1903, at a meeting of delegates of clubs, it was decided to return the office to Cape Town and to vest the governing power in a committee of seven, to be elected annually by affiliated clubs. The first Committee was elected at a meeting held in Cape Town on the 18th July 1903, the members being : Mr. Advocate B. Upington, M.L.A., Lt.-Col. T.E. Lawton, D.S.O., Dr. E.P. Landsberg and Messrs. G.G. van Zyl (subsequently the Governor General of the Union of South Africa), E.K. Green, J. Harpur and A.S. Fowler. Mr. Upington was elected Chairman, with Mr. Fowler as Secretary.

The aftermath of the war showed progress in dogdom all over South Africa. The most notable event in 1903 was the formation of the Kimberley Kennel Club and the holding of its first show with an entry of 270 dogs, although it did not become affiliated until two years later. The Transvaal Kennel Club held its last show in Plunket’s Pavilion on the 19th and 20th June with an entry of 365 dogs and soon after became defunct. It was not until 1905 that the Witwatersrand Kennel Club arose out of the ashes of the old club.

The first record of the Pietermaritzburg Kennel Club appears in October 1903 and several specialist clubs also came into being during that year.

In the year 1905 differences of opinions in the fancy led to the formation of the Kennel Association in Cape Town and the Witwatersrand Kennel Club in Johannesburg, neither club seeking affiliation with the South African Kennel Club. Both clubs held their first shows under their own rules; with a record entry of 692 dogs put up by the Witwatersrand Kennel Club. There were 14 shows held in 1905 by the following clubs : Natal Kennel Club, Transvaal Terrier Club, Bloemfontein Kennel Club, Western Province Kennel Club, East London Kennel Club, Kimberley Kennel Club, Witwatersrand Kennel Club, the Kennel Association, Cape Town Collie Club,Transvaal Terrier Club, Turffontein & Suburban Fanciers Association, East London Kennel Club, Western Province Bulldog Club, Natal Terrier Club, S.A. Fox Terrier Club & The Suburban Kennel Club.

Differences between the clubs were adjusted with little delay at a conference of all clubs held in Queenstown during 1905. At the instigation of the club at that centre, new rules were drafted and from the year 1906 clubs accepted the control of the governing body. The clubs affiliated at the time were : Witwatersrand Kennel Club, Pretoria Kennel Club, Queenstown Kennel Club, Kimberley Kennel Club, Natal Kennel Club, Port Elizabeth Kennel Club, Bloemfontein Kennel Club, Western Province Kennel Club, Woodstock Kennel Club, Kennel Association, Cape Town Collie Kennel Club, Transvaal Terrier Club, Turffontein and Suburban Fanciers’ Association, East London Kennel Club, Western Province Bulldog Club, Natal Terrier Club, S.A. Fox Terrier Club and the Suburban Kennel Club.

In 1908 three new clubs were affiliated : The East Rand Kennel Association, The South African Great Dane Club and the Oranje River Colony Kennel Club, the last superceding the defunct Bloemfontein Kennel Club.

The following year six clubs were affiliated of which in 1998 five still exist, namely, Pietermaritzburg Kennel Club, S.A. Bulldog Club, East London Kennel Club, Bulawayo Kennel Club and Goldfields Kennel Club. According to the S.A.K.C. Gazette, only one club became affiliated in 1910 - The Kimberley Kennel Club. Unfortunately, over the years the Gazettes for 1911 were lost and not even the State Library has any copies. None of the clubs affiliated in 1912 still exist. The Annual Report does, however, mention there is mutual protection for Affixes between the S.A.K.C. and The Kennel Club.

Nothing of significance occurred in 1913 but 1914 saw the affiliation of the S.A. Toy Dog Club and the South African Ladies Kennel Association. In that year 1219 dogs were registered and there were 29 affiliated clubs.

The affairs of the South African Kennel Club progressed satisfactorily until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. The conference in that year at Port Elizabeth re-elected the Committee consisting of Messrs. G. Brand van Zyl, H.P. Solomon and Advocates B. Upington, K.C. and C. Gutsche. A conference was to be held in Durban in July 1915 but was postponed to 1919 when the delegates met in Kimberley on the 7th October 1919, under the Chairmanship of Mr. G. Brand van Zyl, M.L.A. In his opening remarks the Chairman said he wanted to make a fresh start and get all the clubs in the

country affiliated; at present only five clubs were affiliated. At this conference the Prime Minister, General the Rt. Hon. J.C. Smuts, was elected President in the place of the Rt. Hon. W.P. Schreiner.

The most significant occurrence in the next decade was the recognition of the Rhodesian Ridgeback in 1924 as Southern Africa’s first, and so far, internationally accepted breed of pure bred dogs. The 1920's also saw the affiliation of the first specialist club for German Shepherd dogs together with the first club founded in Namibia.

The Union progressed uneventfully until 1932 when the affairs of the Kennel Union in that year underwent a change. A new constitution was drafted by Advocate J. Tilson Barry, K.C., Dr. Archibald Gow and Mr. W.H.G. Furnivall, and was adopted by the most representative conference yet held when the representatives of 25 clubs met in the City Hall, Kimberley, on the 29th and 30th September 1932, under the Chairmanship of Mr. A.W. Macey. From that year the old governing Committee, elected by Conference, disappeared and was replaced by a Federal Council. The adoption of the Constitution was unanimous.

From 1933 to 1988 the sole responsibility for government of the Kennel Union was vested in the Federal Council. The centres containing the affiliated clubs each having the right to elect a member of the Council (in later years two for the Transvaal), and the annual conference became an advisory body. A noteworthy change at the same time was the introduction of awards of Challenge Certificates in place of points as qualifications towards championship status.

During the Second World War (1939-1945) there was, at most, a total lack of imported dogs to widen the genetic pool of locally bred dogs. However, almost as soon as the War ended not only was there a relative flood of imports for existing breeds but a considerable number of new breeds not only were registered but found their place in the show ring. In 1945 there were 90 breeds recognised by the S.A.K.C. In 1998 this had doubled to 183.

On the 1st June 1964, the name of the South African Kennel Union changed to the Kennel Union of Southern Africa. The reason for this was because during a large part of its history there were affiliated clubs in Namibia (formerly South West Africa), Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) and Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia), especially when the latter territory formed part of the Federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland. Thus the change in the title followed both dictates of history and logic.

Historical change within Southern Africa resulted in the formation of The Kennel Association of Zambia on 1st October 1974. Eleven years later the Zimbabwe Kennel Club was formed on 1st September 1986, with considerable help from KUSA, which resulted in the number of affiliated clubs dropping from just under 200 to 165, and the combination of the Offices of Chairman of the Federal Council and President of KUSA.

When the Federal Council was created in 1932 communication was largely either by letter or by train and it made sense for the twenty odd affiliated clubs, scattered throughout the country, to elect people who lived in Cape Town, the headquarters of the Union, to represent them. During the next fifty years the situation changed rapidly and by 1987 communication by telephone, telefax and air were commonplace. It was then that the sitting Federal Council issued a Statement of Intent to restructure the governing body of the Union so that the affiliated clubs would have more direct representation.

A new structure was formulated in which the Federal Council had two elements, the Chairman of the various Provincial Councils and an Executive Committee appointed by the President, whose members were accepted by the Provincial Council Chairman. In order that there should be a balance of power, it was resolved that the Executive Committee, including the President, could not exceed the total number of Provincial Council Chairmen. Furthermore, whereas the whole Federal Council would be responsible for policy matters, the Executive Committee would, as was the case with the previous Constitution, act in day-to-day administrative matters. This new structure of the Federal Council came into effect on 1st January 1989.

The present success of the Kennel Union, over the years, is due to the fact that it rests on foundations laid by the Late Thomas McQueen, who was Secretary from August 1930 until his untimely death in December 1959. He lived for the world of dogdom. The status and the reputation of the organisation he built is essentially a monument to himself. Mr. McQueen was always self-effacing and his modesty such that he neither knew nor appreciated that he was adding lustre to a name which will endure as long as dogdom lives on in the Republic. His widow, Mrs. E.M. McQueen, carried on after he died and for the six months after her husband’s death was Acting Secretary. In July 1960 Mrs. McQueen was confirmed as Secretary, a position in which she did sterling work until her retirement in September 1971 (she died in July 1985). However, the name of the McQueen family will not be lost to the Kennel Union as it is enshrined in the McQueen Memorial Reference Library and the Thomas McQueen Trophy which is awarded to the dog achieving the title “KUSA National Dog” at the KUSA National Awards. These were instituted in 1989 so that in addition to the best breed (conformation) dog there would be national awards for the best dog in each of the various working disciplines. This competition was first held in 1989 in Kimberley. It was also in that year that the competition of Children’s and Junior Handler of the Year was instituted; an event created to encourage young people into dog sport and improve the standard of handling.

Mrs. McQueen’s successor as Secretary was Mr. R.M. Murchie who, having been Acting Secretary for some months, took up the post in December 1971. Mr. Murchie, who died in October 1996, had retired in October 1989 after eighteen years service with the Union. During his term of office he saw, among other things, two complete revisions of the Kennel Union Constitution, the computerisation of the office (1984) and the introduction of staff Medical Aid and Pension schemes. He was succeeded by Mr. P.C. Collins who died suddenly in office in March 1993. Short though his term was, Mr. Collins saw several major events during his secretaryship - the Centenary of the Union (1991) and the Centenary All Breeds Championship Show, the introduction of the second generation main frame computer and the moves which culminated in the Union becoming a full member of the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1993, having been an associate member since 1961.

Having acted as Deputy Secretary for some months following the death of Mr. Collins, Miss S.A. Thornberry was appointed Secretary in November 1993. Although this was the second time a lady had been appointed to the post, it was the first time anyone from within the existing staff had been appointed to the position.

The introduction of Universal Suffrage to South Africa in April 1994 opened the door for the Union to become a full member of the South African National Sports Council. In 1994 an agreement was reached with the South African Boxer Association (S.A.B.A.) and in 1997, after many years of negotiation, a similar arrangement was concluded with the South African German Shepherd Dog Federation.

Between 1994 and 1998 intensive work brought to fruition the introduction of the Canine Good Citizen Tests, Flyball and Agility.

In September 1996 Mr. H.S. Pretorius passed away. Probably one of the best known personalities in dogdom for nearly thirty years, he was known as the “Dogfather”. Mr. Pretorius was, for many, many years, both Chairman of the Transvaal Provincial Council of KUSA and Chairman of Goldfields Kennel Club.

The number of clubs affiliated to the Kennel Union in July 1998 (when this history was updated) stood at 189. A continuous record of registration of dogs has been kept since the first entry in 1891. Initially these were handwritten into special ledgers. In 1944 the ledgers were superceded by bound books of typed copies of Registration Certificates. The advent of computerisation saw a change to the records, these now being kept in the computer data bank.

Presently the Kennel Union is the internationally recognised representative of pure bred dogdom in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. Reciprocal agreements are in force between the Union and many other similar bodies throughout the world.

PATRON

W.E.A. McBride, Esq. ....................................................................... 1971-1984

Vacant 1984-

PRESIDENTS

Lt.-Col. T.E. Lawton, D.S.O. ............................................................. 1903-1909

Rt. Hon. W.P. Schreiner, K.C. .......................................................... 1909-1919

General, The Rt. Hon. J.C. Smuts ................................................... 1919-1920

Paul Selby, Esq. ................... ...........................................……....... 1920-1929

R. Phillipson-Stow, Esq. ................................................................... 1929-1932

Advocate J. Tilson Barry, K.C. ......................................................... 1933-1941

The Hon. H.G. Lawrence, K.C., M.P. ............................................... 1941-1947

A.J. MacCallum, Esq. ....................................................................... 1947-1949

R.C. Wade, Esq. ............................................................................ . 1950 -1951

A.F. Williams, Esq. ........................................................................... 1951-1952

Senator the Hon. R.D. Pilkington Jordan ......................................... 1953-1970

K.E. Godbold, Esq. ........................................................................... 1970-1976

H.M. Bennett, Esq. .......................................................................... 1977-1979

R.G. Kerswell, Esq. .......................................................................... 1980-1985

Vacant .............................................................................................. 1986

G.R.P. Eva, Esq. .............................................................................. 1987-1988

 

PRESIDENT & CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL COUNCIL

G.R.P. Eva, Esq. ................................................................................. 1989 -

LIFE MEMBERS

Messrs. G.R.P. Eva, C. Huyzer, K.R. Hogg, W.V. Wakfer, R.G. Kerswell, E.F. Stevens, Miss J. Liddicoat, Mrs. P. Crighton, S. Palmer

LIFE VICE-PRESIDENTS

Messrs. N.S. Kay, Dr. H.R.A. van der Merwe, Mrs. S. Palmer

VICE-PRESIDENTS

Messrs. P. Green, J.A.S. Harding, E.H. Hosgood, S. Rowe, Mesdames S. Bloomfield, M.D. Powell,

E.M. Scott, M. van Zyl

CHAIRMEN

Advocate B. Upington, K.C., M.L.A.................................................. 1903-1904

Lt.-Col. T.E. Lawton, D.S.O. .......................................................     1904-1908

G. Brand van Zyl, Esq. ................................................................... 1908-1928

Major J.N. Robson .......................................................................... 1928-1929

H.P. Solomon, Esq. ......................................................................... 1929-1930

A.W. Macey, Esq. ...................................................................          1930-1932

A.J. MacCallum, Esq. ...................................................................... 1932-1934

S. Griffiths, Esq. ............................................................................... 1934-1935

A.J. MacCallum, Esq. ...................................................................... 1935-1947

Senator the Hon. R.D. Pilkington Jordan ........................................ 1947-1952

A.W. Macey, Esq. ............................................................................ 1953-1957

W.E.A. McBride, Esq. ...................................................................... 1957-1968

C.H. Hart, Esq. ................................................................................ 1968-1971

H.M. Bennett, Esq. .......................................................................... 1971-1977

G.R.P. Eva, Esq. ............................................................................. 1978-1988

SECRETARIES

R.G. Dexter .................................................................................... 1891-1899

F. Elkington .................................................................................... 1899-1903

A.S. Fowler .................................................................................... 1903-1908

E. Lumsden Crawford .................................................................... 1908-1927

H.W. Abbott ................................................................................... 1927-1930

T. McQueen .(died in office)........................................................... 1930-1959

Mrs. E.M. McQueen ...................................................................... 1960-1971

R.M. Murchie, ............................................................................... 1971-1989

P. Collins .(died in office)................................................... .......…. 1989-1993

Miss S.A. Thornberry .................................................................... 1993-

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