More delays for annual Cape minstrel parade

2015-01-04 19:40


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Cape Town – People gathering in Cape Town city centre waiting for Cape Minstrels will be sadly disappointed as the New Year’s parade has been postponed again, according to reports.

eNCA reported on Sunday that the organisers of the annual parade, the Carnival Association was blaming the City of Cape Town for a lack of support.

The parade, which is traditionally held on 2 January, was postponed to Monday 5 January due to an Islamic holy day.

Kevin Momberg, the chief executive of the Cape Town Ministrel Carnival, told eNCA that there were some “forces” trying to make them look inadequate after a few teams were unable to secure transport for Monday.

According to Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille the City was informed about the cancellation of the minstrel parade via the media.

She said in a media statement: “It is their own doing that the event is not taking place. The City has already given the committee a sum of R2m to organise the events along with City support services valued at R1.65m while province also gave the committee a total of R2.35m.”

She said the responsibility rests solely with the association to ensure that the events take place and that the money is used to ensure that the events take place successfully.  

“If they are blaming the City in any way for the cancellation of tomorrow’s [Monday’s] march then they are liars. The City signed the agreement with the committee and we have kept to our end of the agreement,” De Lille said.

The Cape Town Minstrels Carnival Association said it's now looking at holding the event next Saturday, 10 January.

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