City approves funding for minstrel events

The City has approved funding of more than R4million for minstrel events.
The City of Cape Town’ mayoral committee has approved the disbursement of the R4.172 million in cash funding to support the upcoming minstrel events. 

The City said it 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, the events policy when they reviewed the applications.

Associations that have not applied for funding will have to follow the administrative process. Funding will only be allocated if applicants are compliant as per the City’s relevant policies.

Each year thousands of people, including tourists, fill the streets to watch the colourful and entertaining minstrel marches.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services JP Smith said: “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.”