Set­tle­ment reached on min­strels dis­pute

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MIN­STRELS will have a say in how the an­nual Kaapse Klopse pa­rade is run, af­ter they reached an “am­i­ca­ble” set­tle­ment with the City of Cape Town yes­ter­day, break­ing the dead­lock that looked set to re­sult in a boy­cott.

The agree­ment fol­lows a dis­pute be­tween the Cape Town Min­strels’ Car­ni­val As­so­ci­a­tion (CTMCA) and the city.

It came af­ter con­trac­tor Bha­rooch Event Styling and Man­age­ment was hired by the city to man­age the event, sched­uled for Jan­uary 4.

Ac­cord­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion’s at­tor­ney, Naseema Has­san, her client and the Christ­mas choir and band were not in agree­ment that the con­trac­tor should run the event.

“They felt ag­grieved be­cause they were spec­ta­tors at their own func­tion,” she said.

While sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions agreed to the city’s con­di­tions, and signed a doc­u­ment to that ef­fect on De­cem­ber 3, the as­so­ci­a­tion and Christ­mas choir and band re­fused to sign.

On Thurs­day, the Kaapse Klopse Kar­ni­val As­so­ci­a­tion (KKKA) also sent a let­ter to mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille ex­plain­ing why it, too, felt ag­grieved at the process the city had fol­lowed.

“We are the own­ers of this process, and so the out­sourc­ing of this event to an ex­ter­nal ser­vice provider is an in­sult to the in­tegrity of our plan­ning pro­cesses,” the KKKA said.

In the let­ter, the KKKA added that the strat­egy, of mim­ick­ing the Rio Car­ni­val or the Cape Town Car­ni­val, was “an in­sult to the peo­ple of this prov­ince, and takes away from the foun­da­tion of where the car­ni­val orig­i­nates from, and the his­tory be­hind this event”.

The CTMCA de­nied claims that the dis­pute was about fund­ing, say­ing it be­lieved a con­trac­tor did not have the same ex­pe­ri­ence and in­fra­struc­ture it had.

Western Cape ANC leader Mar­ius Frans­man held meet­ings with the par­ties this week, and is­sued a state­ment call­ing on the city to re­con­sider and avert court ac­tion.

De Lille would not com­ment on the out­come, say­ing she would give a for­mal me­dia brief­ing tomorrow.

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