The City's Executive Director for Economic and Social Development, Mr Mansoor Mohamed today urged the leaders of the various minstrels and related choir associations to start working together for the benefit of Arts and Culture, Tourism and the people of Cape Town. 'We need to ensure that the problems encountered in previous years do not arise again', he said.
Over the last few years the annual Minstrel events have been hampered by funding and legal problems. As a result, key opportunities for fundraising, marketing and broader participation by corporate sponsors were lost. The cultural and heritage value of the event has also suffered.
Councillor Simon Grindrod, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism said: "The Minstrel Carnivals reflect the heart, soul and spirit of the Mother City. With more teamwork and co-operation, these events can become to Cape Town what the Mardi Gras is to Rio. A lot of effort is being put into creating the synergy and management needed to fully highlight the unique talent and character of the Minstrels for the benefit of all concerned. There is a huge amount of goodwill amongst the various role players to ensure that our city as a whole benefits from these colourful and wonderful events. In the end, the tourism value of the Minstrel events will bring enormous positives to all of our communities".
Following a meeting with key decision makers from the majority of Minstrel and Cape Malay Choir organisations on 29 March 2007, it was agreed that all minstrels and related groupings should submit their plans individually to the City by 31 May 2007.
In attendance at the meeting were Minstrel leaders Mr Melvyn Mathews, Mr Richard Stemmet and Mr Faggie Carelse.
At the meeting held on 29 March 2007 the following issues were raised:
- Both Provincial Government and the City will join forces to ensure one contact point for funding and logistics for Minstrel and Choir events, a process which will be transparent.
- The various associations were urged to start working together.
- The various associations were urged to adopt accepted corporate governance standards, with a particular emphasis on financial governance and reporting.
- The festive season street events will, in future, be confined between dates 16 December and 15 January.
- All associations must ensure their event plans are submitted by 31 May 2007 to be finalised by 30 June 2007. Funding will be finalised soon thereafter by no later than 30 September 2007.
- In 2008 the centennial celebrations of the minstrel carnival will be held in Cape Town and the City has committed itself to ensure adequate planning.
The main objective is to deliver a successful 100 year celebration and to market Cape Town as a cultural tourism destination.
3 MAY 2007
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