Minstrels, Cape Town sign agreement

2013-12-22 18:02

Johannesburg - The City of Cape Town and various minstrel associations have signed an agreement to ensure the Cape Minstrels' annual carnival is a success, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday.

"Minstrel associations will participate in the event management of upcoming Minstrel Carnival events. Next year, the associations will be the overarching event organisers of the Cape Annual Minstrel Carnival," she said in a statement.

"The City of Cape Town will assist with competitions at venues such as the Athlone Stadium, Vygieskraal, Florida Park and Delft."

It was also agreed that there would be a single VIP area to ensure that all VIPs related to the minstrels were in the same area.

On Friday, De Lille, the city, and International Relations Deputy Minister Marius Fransman met representatives of the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA) and the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association.

De Lille said the city provided R3.5m worth of logistical and support services such as traffic control, safety and security, law enforcement and cleansing to ensure the carnival was controlled.

"In addition to this, the Western Cape government provides approximately R2m for transportation costs of all minstrels groups, Malay choirs and Christmas bands," she said.

"I wish to record the city’s continued support for the minstrels and this annual event."

On 17 December, the city expressed disappointment at CTMCA's failure to sign a memorandum of understanding about the annual carnival.

At the time, the city said the CTMCA had demanded additional money and greater control of the event and its resources. It said this was unsustainable and unreasonable.

It described its negotiations with the CTMCA as non-co-operative and confrontational.

The city said it started negotiations with minstrel associations, Malay choir boards and Christmas band boards in April to ensure this year's road march was properly organised.

The memorandum was signed by more than three quarters of the interested parties on December 3.

The CTMCA had refused to sign, despite three attempts by the city to secure its participation.

The city said events in the next two weeks included the Christmas Choir Bands March on December 24, the Malay Choir "Nagtroupe" March on December 31 and the Tweede Nuwejaar Minstrel March on January 4.

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2013-12-22 20:02

    Thank you ms de Lille. This is how negotiations should take place. Not ignoring but standing on your grounds. Thanks for handling it the way you did.

  • Robert Keene - 2013-12-22 20:32

    CTMCA - spoilers!

  • Jon Low - 2013-12-22 21:10

    Klopse are an anachronism -- like circus elephants and bearded ladies in freak-shows.

  • Jack Thomas - 2013-12-22 21:37

    Mabulane, I can also think of many racist words to call black people, but you see, I can't get dragged down to your level(ANC) we people of mother, cape are streets ahead of your type, get your head out of the gutter, move with the times, don't comment on minstrals if you don't know them you sour cow, racist slit

  • jungleboy - 2013-12-22 23:07

    This is what I like about the DA... they always get a deal where most are happy that benefits all. This is proper politics. The shenanigans that go onnin other provinces are shameful.

  • JMaree - 2013-12-22 23:28

    Where ever Marius is, racist bs follows! I wonder how much further SA would be without idiot leaders like these CancER scum!

  • Dan Mahla - 2013-12-23 07:06

    Why do Cape Town Khoi and San people still celebrate slavery? This was a '2nd class citizens' new year celebrations that was meant to entertain Dutch and American masters after enjoying their '1st class citizens' new year on the 1st Jan. The Coon festival was to follow on the 2nd Jan and slaves had to play music and behave strangely while dancing for their masters. American whites would paint themselves black to resemble their slaves, with eyes blackened out like racoons. Hence the word Coon, and coloureds were seen as Racoons, having a mixture of white and black, all celebrated in a mockery manner. Happy Racoons Day!!!

      HB SixSix - 2015-01-05 12:29

      Lots of things come from slavery. Non whites were forced to learn language English, French and Portuguese all over the African continent because their oppressors forced it upon them. Did they stop speaking those languages when the countries were declared independent... Just because of its origin doesn't define it in modern day context. It is now an event that celebrates what the forefathers had to endure. Another example of things changing in the modern context is marriage... it originated as a religious sacrament, and oath taken before your God but it has become common for everyone to get married if they are religious or not. Get over what you think is acceptable for people to do... there are lots of things that have tainted origins, but are now quite acceptable because the people that count don't think of it in that way anymore.

  • Sharon Dreyer - 2013-12-23 15:36

    Wish I was in Cape Town to go see! :-(

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