The City of Cape Town has announced it’s giving the Klopse R4million for events this year – but the minstrels say that it’s news to them.
Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews, released a statement on Tuesday morning confirming the carnival budget.
Andrews says: “The City of Cape Town has set aside R4 million for the various minstrel events this year which are an important part of the cultural heritage of our city.”
However, the Legal and Compliance officer at the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CCMA), Kashief Taliep, says the first they heard about the geld was when the Daily Voice contacted them a few hours later.
“Up until Monday, we still had not heard from the Assistant Director in finance at the City and they said they would let us know,” says Taliep.
He adds: “You know last year, the City of Cape Town released the funds on Christmas Eve, and by then we had already hosted events.”
This year there are four main minstrel events happening in the City Centre.
They are the Voorsmakie on 17 December, and the Christmas choirs on 24 December, while the Malay Choirs take to the streets on 30 December.
The biggest event, the Tweede Nuwe Jaar minstrel carnival, takes place on 7 January 2017.
Taliep says for this event alone, they requested R2.5 million from the City as well as a waiver of certain service fees like traffic cops, Metro Police and disaster management staff.
“So R4 million would be enough for (our) budget, it’s a matter of if and when we will receive it,” says Taliep.
He says the CCMA has submitted a plan for minstrel events that includes costs for toilets, waste management and fencing.
Taliep says they are still waiting for official confirmation from Councillor Andrews and City officials about when the monies will be paid over to them, and for what purposes it is intended.