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thisoneThe City of Cape Town today, 30 November 2016, proposed the disbursement of the R4 million set aside to support the upcoming minstrel events. Read more below:

All requests received through the City of Cape Town’s event support application system are considered by the Special Events Committee (SpevCo) within their delegations or recommendations for support to Council. After deliberation at the SpevCo meeting, the City has proposed the following financial support to each association as outlined in the table below:

SpevCo reviews event applications in line with the conditions outlined in the Events Policy and the Events By-law. The Events Policy has been developed and guided by applicable legislation and regulations, including the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act (SASREA). It is the responsibility of the event organiser to apply for an event risk categorisation from the South African Police Service as defined in Section 6 of the SASREA.The balance of the funds will be allocated only if the administrative process confirms that applicants are compliant as stipulated in the City’s Events Policy.

‘Event organisers are reminded that advertising an event before the approval of an application does not obligate the City’s event permit office to grant any approvals. Further, an event permit may be approved or rejected based on the guidelines in the City’s Events Policy and the Events By-law. This includes, among others, the event date, proposed venue, the impact on the surrounding area, community and environment, and the competing demands on available City services during the festive holiday period,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews.

When considering the event applications, the date was also a deciding factor. The City favoured 2 January 2017 for the Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration which is a public holiday. The date considered will ensure that essential City services, including Traffic Services, Metro Police and Law Enforcement, are available in numbers to assist the event organiser.

‘We are concerned with disrupting another business day during these tough economic times. The event footprint passes through the central business district, which is the economic hub of Cape Town. The gross domestic product for the road closure area is estimated at between R25,7 million and R42,8 million in lost economic output for the day, based on a conservative estimate,’ said Councillor Andrews.

These estimates are based on the various types of business and service that operate out of the road closure area. We made some assumptions based on the nature of the businesses and services offered.

‘This event is such an intrinsic part of the cultural fabric of our city and the funds allocated underscore the City’s commitment towards ensuring that our minstrels heritage is showcased to both local and international visitors. The City is confident that those troupes who received funding for competitions and marches will ensure a spectacle that will undoubtedly raise the bar in comparison with the previous events hosted.

‘Our role is to provide support to the associations to produce a minstrels event that attracts a large number of spectators. These events are synonymous with Cape Town and we appeal to our local and international visitors to please finalise travel and accommodation arrangements timeously to avoid any disappointment. As proud residents of Cape Town, let us unite in our hospitable efforts to ensure that our guests experience all that Cape Town has to offer. It is for this very reason the City is a proud supporter of our minstrels heritage and all the associated marches and events,’ added Councillor Andrews.

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