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The City of Cape Town today, 14 December 2016, declined the permit application for the Voorsmaakie event which forms part of the build-up to the Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration. Read more below:

After much deliberation, the permit for the Voorsmaakie event was declined due to non-compliance on the part of the event organiser.

The City of Cape Town’s Events Permit Office has, over the past eight months, worked with the event organiser to ensure that they meet all of the requirements as outlined in the City’s Events By-law and Events Policy.

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 The City has been informed by SAPS that this event’s grading certificate will be withdrawn due to non-compliance with the requirements in terms of this Act.

The event organiser has, to date, failed to produce the required plans for safety and security, traffic management, road closures (including signage and equipment), solid waste management, fencing and toilets. Additionally, payment is still outstanding for City services provided at last year’s event and the required deposits to secure necessary services for this weekend’s event have not been made to date. This compromises the physical well-being and safety of both participants and spectators at the event.

‘Our primary concern is the comfort and safety of our residents and visitors who come out in large numbers to support this event. As the custodian of the applicable by-laws and policies, it would be remiss of us to transgress these and the events legislation. The City is a proud supporter of our minstrel heritage and all of the associated marches and events that comply fully with the required legislation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews.

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