2 December 2015
STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE OF THE INTERIM STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE SA BOERBOEL BREEDERS’ SOCIETY (SABBS) ON A MEETING WITH THE REGISTRAR OF ANIMAL IMPROVEMENT ON TUESDAY 1 DECEMBER 2015.
SABBS Steering Committee members Koos van der Westhuizen and Kenny van der Merwe met with the Registrar of Animal Improvement Mr Joel Mamabola, the former Registrar Mr Keith Ramsey, and Ms Vivian Mvimbi of the Animal Production Directorate in Pretoria on Tuesday, 1 December 2015.
The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the implications of the Registrar’s non-acceptance of the SABBS Constitution and the Breed Standard - passed at the SABBS Special General Meeting (SGM) on 6 July 2015 – with specific reference to his request for scientific proof that black is a Boerboel colour.
Messrs Mamabola and Ramsey stressed their main objective is to protect the status of the Boerboel as a landrace. Mr Ramsey, who originally registered the Boerboel as a landrace, stated that the colour black was not broached at that time. However, Koos van der Westhuizen pointed out that the Breed Standard submitted for landrace declaration did not specify any colour, and read “Any colour is acceptable, providing strong pigmentation is present.” Mr Mamabola said in view of the persistent allegations that the black dog is a cross-breed it is his duty as Registrar to insist on scientific proof that black is indeed a Boerboel colour.
Consequently, agreement was reached that:
- The Registrar will accept the SABBS Constitution, passed by members at the SAGM on 6 July, 2015, and that SABBS will proceed to convene an Annual General Meeting for the democratic election of a Board, locally and abroad, as soon as possible.
- The Registrar will accept the Breed Standard, passed by members at the SAGM on 6 July 2015, if the black dog is excluded, subject to the outcome of the proposed scientific investigation on the colour black.
- The scientific research may be done at any ISAG accredited institution anywhere in the world that has the capacity, and is willing, to do such research. The possibility of obtaining assistance with the funding of the project was also discussed.
- Subject to the outcome of the research breeders of black Boerboelsare urged to continue submitting birth notifications of all black litters and puppies.
Mr Mamabola complimented SABBS on its excellent management of the recording and registration of Boerboels by insisting on microchips and DNA parent verification. He also noted with appreciation SABBS’ strict controls over exports and imports where by the SABBS Office will not process any transfers of ownership, without receipt of the relevant export/import permits.
According to Koos van der Westhuizen, he is comfortable that the meeting served to clarify uncertainties in respect of current management issues, and relations between SABBS and the Registrar. The parties agreed that it is in the best interest of the Boerboel Breed to maintain good relations and open communication in the future.