Funding for 2020 minstrel events finalised

180102. The Annual Cape Town Street Parade formally known as 'Tweede Nuwe Jaar' takes place. Minstrels from parts of Cape Town put on a show wearing vibrant coloured outfits. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)
The City’s Special Events Committee has set aside just under R6 million for the various minstrel events that will be taking place in 2020.

The City has approved the disbursement of the R4,572 million in 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 thus 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. 

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said: “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.”