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Devdondidit, Wayne McKay, David Johnson, Charles Tertiens, Baydu Adams and Siv Ngesi with the Juvie Boy Entertainers 2016. Pic:

Devdondidit, Wayne McKay, David Johnson, Charles Tertiens, Baydu Adams and Siv Ngesi with the Juvie Boy Entertainers 2016.


The City of Cape Town has approved R6,1 million in funding support to the minstrel events and Malay choirs this year.

The City will support six associations to host events, including Tweede Nuwe Jaar, other minstrel tournaments, and the Malay choir competitions.

The City’s support to these events is in line with our commitment to building an inclusive city by supporting events which bring people together. Each year the events resonate with families and communities across Cape Town as thousands of people, including tourists, fill the streets to watch the colourful and entertaining marches.

The City’s support will also allow communities to showcase our rich cultural diversity, while creating employment opportunities in the garment-making, events, catering and transport industries.

The City will transfer R4,1 million in cash to the associations and provide R2 million in support services. City-owned venues will be made available at no cost to the associations.

All requests for the funding were received through the City of Cape Town’s event support application system and were considered by the Special Events Committee (SpevCo) within their delegations or recommendations for support to Council.

The City took into account the Constitution, the Municipal Finance Management Act, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, and other considerations when they reviewed the applications.

After deliberations at the SpevCo meeting, the City proposed financial support to each association as follows:

Association Event Cash funding Support services Total
Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association Tweede Nuwe Jaar

2 January 2018

R2 million R1,7 million R3,7 million
Competitions R422 000 Venue R422 000
Cape Malay Choir Board March

30 December 2017

R800 000 R300 000


R1,1 million
Competitions R224 000 Venue R224 000
Competitions Cape District Minstrel Board R200 000 Venue R200 000
SA Koorraad Competitions R158 000 Venue R158 000
Keep the Dream Competitions R200 000 Venue R200 000
South African United Christmas Bands Competition R110 000 Venue R110 000
Total R4 134 000 R2 000 000 R6 134 000

This is the first year that the City finalised the allocation of funding months ahead of the minstrel and choir events. It will empower associations to plan better, seek additional funding, and grow more sustainable events in the future.

The early funding approvals are in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan objectives to be a proactive and customer-centric organisation and to get on with the work of being the events capital of Africa.

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