CT provides R6.1m in funding support for minstrel troupes, Malay choirs

More than R4 million has been allocated for six minstrel associations. The rest of the funds will go towards support services.

A young girl takes part in the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Carnival in Cape Town on 2 January 2016. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has approved just over R6 million in funding for minstrel events for this year's festive season.

More than R4 million has been allocated for six minstrel associations. The rest of the funds will go towards support services.

The City's Zara Nicholson explains: “The City will support six associations to host these uniquely Cape Town events which resonates with families, communities and tourists who come to the city to celebrate Tweede Nuwe Jaar and listen to the Malay choirs.”

Requests for the funding were received through the city’s event support application system and considered by the special events committee.

This is the first year that the city finalised the allocation of funding months ahead of the minstrel and choir events.

The city says this will allow associations to plan better, seek additional funding and grow more sustainable events in the future.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)