The old way
Grading happens on average every three months at either interdojos or seminars hosted throughout the year. Since most dojos are located in Johannesburg and Pretoria, most gradings also happened in Gauteng, making it a bit difficult and expensive for members from Cape Town to attend.
To be able to host a grading up to 1st kyuu, a minimum of three 3rd dans are required for the grading panel, thereafter the examiners must be 3 grades higher than the highest grade available to grade for at the event.
This also added to the fact why Cape Town hardly ever hosted gradings, the senior sensei’s were all located in Gauteng and would have to travel to oversee the grading event.