Settlement reached on minstrels dispute
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.