City of CT reviewing minstrel associations’ applications

The City says meetings with minstrel associations regarding the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade should take place sooner in the year.

A man takes part in the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Carnival in Cape Town on 2 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says meetings with minstrel associations regarding the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade should take place sooner in the year.

This comes amid a dispute between the municipality and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association over a change of dates and funding issues.

One of the association's grievances is the fact that the City awarded R4 million to the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Assosiasie, who have also submitted a permit to run the parade and that their permit for the “Voorsmakie” event was turned down.

The City's Eddie Andrews says a committee is reviewing all the applications from the various minstrel associations and will be making a decision soon.

“What we could do is to have these meetings a lot earlier so that we still have enough time to consider other applications as well. This is something we’ll have to consider as a city.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)