The City of Cape Town has revealed that organising the Cape Town Street Parade is not an easy, or cheap job. The annual event cost the City a whopping R6.1-million.

One of the Cape’s biggest and most favourite events, the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade brings thousands of people to the CBD every year. 2018’s event was no different, as the Klopse filled the city centre with music, extravagant costumes and energy. This comes with a hefty bill as well.

Mayco member for Safety, Security and Social Services JP Smith said that while it was one of the most important events for Cape Town, it received the most financial support of any event in the City’s calendar.

“This year the City has given more support – both money and resources – than any year in the past,” said Smith.

“The City of Cape Town approved R6.1m in funding support to the minstrel events and Malay choirs this year. An amount of R4.1m in cash was transferred to the associations, and R2m in support services was provided,” said Smith.

He said that city-owned venues were also made available at no cost to the associations.

The Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) received R2m in cash funding for the “Tweede Nuwe Jaar”, and another R1.7m in support services. The City also allocated R422 000 towards the competitions for KKKA, and the venues as support services.

The Cape Malay Choir Board received R800 000 in cash funding for the march which took place on 30 December 2017, and also received R300 000 in support services. The Cape Malay Choir Board received R224 000 from the City for competitions.

Cape District Minstrel Board received R200 000 for competitions, SA Koorraad received R158 000, Keep the Dream received R200 000 and South African United Christmas Bands received R110 000.

Smith added, “all requests for funding were received through the City of Cape Town’s event support application system and were considered by the Special Events Committee (SpevCo) within their delegations or recommendations for support to Council,” Smith added.

“The City took into account the Constitution, the Muncipal Finance Management Act, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, and other considerations when they reviewed the applications.”

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