WORRY: CTMCA needs a Risk Grading Certificate for competition

On the eve of their klopse carnival competition, the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association (CTMCA), has been denied a permit to hold their events at Philippi Stadium.

Yesterday, the City of Cape Town said the CTMCA, now under the Cape Cultural Carnival Events Committee (CCCEC), had not obtained a police-issue Risk Grading Certificate.

The CTMCA had lost a court battle with the City, the rival Kaapse Klopse Karnival Assosiasie (KKKA) and SAPS over the awarding of Athlone Stadium last month.

The City had rejected the CTMCA for the tender to host minstrel carnival events, instead awarding R2 million in cash, and R1.7m in support services to the KKKA.

Having missed out on funding and the Athlone Stadium, the CTMCA announced earlier this week that they had provisionally booked Philippi Stadium for their competition season, due to kick off this Saturday.

The soccer stadium has a capacity of 10 000.

Yesterday, however, the City dealt the CCCEC another blow by saying they had not met the events compliance criteria yet.

Executive Director for Safety and Security, Ian Schnetler, said that the CCCEC still needed to submit a Risk Grading Certificate

“Based on the non-compliance with the requirements and time-frames stipulated in the City of Cape Town: Events Amendment By-law, 2016, the Events Permit Office will not be able to issue a permit to CCCEC,” he said.

“Compliance with safety regulations at events is important as it will ensure that events are well run and participants are not at risk of injury.”

Sedick Soeker, a director with the CCCEC, says the City has assisted them in processing their application, and insists they will be ready to host Round 3 of their competitions on Saturday.

“The Risk Grading Certificate is issued by SAPS and we will have it by tomorrow and we will go on to host a beautiful event,” he says.

“We appreciate all the assistance by the City to make this event a success.”

The event starts at Philippi Stadium on Saturday at 12pm.

The troupes will compete in the English Combine, Afrikaans Moppie, Juvenile Sentimental and Grand March Pass with a Klopse Jol.

Participating troupes are the Atlantis Community Entertainers, Bonteheuwel Super Stars, Die Burger Happy Boys, Heideveld Community Evolutionaries, Lavender Superstars, Sherwood Youth Development Crooners, Pennsylvanians Crooning Minstrels, Spes Bona, Tygerberg Youth Development, Valhalla Community Youth Development Minstrels, Woodlands and Blikkiesdorp Community Entertainers.

Adults pay R40 and R20 for pensioners and kids under 12.

Free entry for children under five years old.

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