City of Cape Town green lights New Year's minstrel events

2016-12-28 18:52
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Cape Town – The annual Nagtroepe and Tweede Nuwe Jaar minstrel events are set to take place next week after the City of Cape Town approved applications on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the City, an event permit had been granted to the Cape Malay Choir Board for the Nagtroepe (road march) event, scheduled to take place on Friday, December 30, between 19:00 and 04:00.

A separate event permit was granted for the Kaapse Klopse Karnivaal Association (KKKA) for the Tweede Nuwe Jaar event that will take place between 10:00 and 23:30 on Monday, January 2.  

The Tweede Nuwe Jaar event has been a source of controversy in the past as the City refused to give funding to the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association, the previous organisers, due to its chairperson’s alleged connections with drug and criminal activity.

A High Court ruling in December challenging the decision found the City was procedurally fair in making the decision.

In the statement on Wednesday, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Eddie Andrews, called on the KKKA to work together with the Cape Minstrel District Board and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association to ensure the participation of their troupes in the event.

"We hope that all minstrel organisations will work together to ensure the success of this important cultural highlight for the benefit of all residents and visitors who so look forward to the minstrel events each year," Andrews said.

Temporary road closures will be in place to accommodate the two events.

The details of which are available here.

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