Following lengthy negotiations with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), we are delighted to announce that the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) has now been registered by the DAFF as a Breeders’ Society and as a Registering Authority for 218 dog breeds. This is with immediate effect and constitutes the final step in KUSA’s stated objective to comply, as required, with the provisions of the Animal Improvement Act, No. 62 of 1998 (“the Act”), of which the DAFF is the custodian.

This affirmation by the South African Government of KUSA’s authoritative position in South African canine affairs has far-reaching implications for our organisation, inter alia:

  • Section 11(1)(b) of the Act excludes the registration of more than one Breeders’ Society for any animal of a specified breed. KUSA is therefore the only Breeders’ Society registered in terms of the Act for any of the 218 breeds it had applied for.
  • Similarly, Section 11(2)(a) of the Act prohibits the registration of more than one Registering Authority for any breed of animal, which means that KUSA is the only Registering Authority for the 218 breeds in question.

In his letter to the Acting Chairman of Fedco confirming the above, the Registrar: Animal Improvement, Mr MJ Mamabolo, concludes: “I take this opportunity of welcoming KUSA under the authority of the South African Animal Improvement Act, and look forward to a successful ongoing partnership.”

I trust that the membership of KUSA will join me in celebrating this critically important milestone in KUSA’s 125-year history.

Kind regards,

CJL Griffith
Acting Chairman: Federal Council of KUSA