STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
regarding the cancellation of tomorrow’s minstrel parade.
The City has been informed via media reports that the annual minstrel parade which was set to take place tomorrow, January 5 has been cancelled.
We have not been officially informed.
In November, the City along with province signed a historical agreement with the newly formed Cape Cultural and Carnival Committee which would guide the way forward and to ensure successful annual events.
In discussions with the City, the associations and boards allied to the Cape Town Minstrels Carnival events and competitions were of the view that they were well aligned and ready to organise the events themselves.
They requested that the City play a supportive role, as in previous years, rather than a coordinating role.
The agreement states they as the newly formed committee are the event organisers and that it is their responsibility to ensure that all relevant preparations are in place for the events to take place successfully.
It is their own doing that the event is not taking place.
The City has already given the committee a sum of R2million to organise the events along with City support services valued at R1.65million while province also gave the committee a total of R2.35million.
The responsibility rests solely with them to ensure that the events take place and that the money is used to ensure that the events take place successfully.
If they are blaming the City in any way for the cancellation of tomorrow’s march then they are liars.
The City signed the agreement with the committee and we have kept to our end of the agreement.
In November there was agreement and confidence that the minstrels would organise their own events with the agreement signed well in advance to ensure no last minute hassles but they have failed hopelessly in their responsibility.