Cape min­strels get green light


CAPE min­strels be­long­ing to the Cape Town Min­strels Car­ni­val As­so­ci­a­tion (CTMCA) will fi­nally have their chance to also per­form at the Athlone Sta­dium, City of­fi­cials con­firmed yes­ter­day.

This is after the City of Cape Town had granted use of the venue to an­other min­strel board, the Kaapse Klopse Kar­ni­val As­so­ci­a­tion (KKKA). The lat­ter runs its an­nual min­strel com­pe­ti­tions ev­ery Satur­day un­til mid-Fe­bru­ary.

The CTMCA had taken the City and the KKKA to court last month to chal­lenge the city’s de­ci­sion.

The City had granted KKKA a per­mit to use the sta­dium and the right to host the an­nual Tweede Nuwe Jaar street pa­rade in the city cen­tre on Jan­uary 2.

The City said in a state­ment yes­ter­day the “dis­placed troupes” of the CTMCA would be able to host its com­pe­ti­tions at the Athlone Sta­dium on Jan­uary 20 and 27.

“Fol­low­ing a meet­ing with some of the mem­bers of the dis­placed troupes yes­ter­day, the City has agreed to work with the in­di­vid­ual troupes to host a min­strels com­pe­ti­tion which will al­low them all to com­pete,” said the City.

The City also pointed out min­strels had not been united and this had made it dif­fi­cult to or­gan­ise var­i­ous events. JP Smith, the City’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for safety and se­cu­rity, last week said they would con­sider tak­ing over the min­strel events, as var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions do not co-op­er­ate.

The City said dif­fer­ent min­strel as­so­ci­a­tions not co-op­er­at­ing meant “many troupes will be side­lined and miss the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate their her­itage and per­form for the crowds un­less the City in­ter­venes”.

City mayor Dan Plato said they were “ad­dress­ing this on­go­ing divi­sion within the min­strel com­mu­nity”.

| DAVID RITCHIE African News Agency/ANA

MIN­STRELS will fi­nally get a chance to per­form.

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