The City of Cape Town has approved the disbursement of the R4.572 million cash funding to support the upcoming minstrel events. Additional support of R1.3 million for City services and the waiver of costs for City-owned venues will form part of the package of support for the associations. The contribution to minstrel events for the City’s 2019/20 financial year will total R5.872 million. The funding will support six associations to host events, including Tweede Nuwe Jaar, other minstrel competitions and the Malay choir competitions. After deliberations at the Special Events Committee (SpevCo) meeting, the City proposed support as follows: . Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association Street Parade – R3.2 million; . Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association Competitions – R422 000; . Cape Malay Choir Board Road March – R1.1 million; . Cape Malay Choir Board Competitions – R300 000; . SA United Christmas Bands Board Road March – R250 000; . SA United Christmas Bands Board Competitions – R200 000; . Cape District Minstrel Board Competitions – R200 000; . Keep the Dream Competitions – R200 000“The Minstrels, Christmas Bands and Malay Choir events have important cultural significance to the troupes, their families, communities and to the history of Cape Town. The City has been supporting them for a number of years to maintain the rich heritage and to expose the culture to a global stage within a safe environment,” said the City’s Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith.“This funding is an indication of the City’s commitment to supporting this annual tradition that continues to resonate with families and communities across Cape Town as thousands of people, including tourists, fill the streets to watch the colourful and entertaining marches.” All requests for funding were received through the City of Cape Town’s event support application system and were considered by SpevCo within their delegations of recommendations to the executive mayor.The City took into account the Constitution, the Municipal Finance Management Act, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, and more on review of applications.