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City services ready for Minstrel and Malay Choir Road Marches

29 DECEMBER 2010

Capetonians and visitors are in for a feast of minstrel entertainment over the upcoming weekend. Friday night, New Year’s Eve, the annual Malay choirs (Nagkore) will march and perform. Saturday an estimated 150 000 minstrels and spectators will gather in the central city to see the late morning to evening minstrel road march.

Service, safety and security agencies are on standby to ensure public safety and an enjoyable event. With hot, sunny conditions predicted, everyone should drink plenty of water, wear protective clothing, apply sunscreen and keep out of direct sunlight wherever possible.

The annual Malay Choirs (Nagkore), Minstrel Road Marches and the Minstrels Competitions are highlights of the Cape Town festive season.  The Nagkore Road March, which will consist of some 8,000 participants and New Year revellers in the centre of Cape Town, will start at 22:00 on 31 December 2010 in Keizersgracht. The Minstrels road march, which attracted 46 000 minstrels and over 100 000 spectators in 2010, will be held on Saturday, 1 January 2011.

The City provides the cleansing, toilets, traffic, fencing, security and medical services and has completed these preparations. (All the relevant City Departments are thus ready for the events.)

Friday 31 December 2010 – Malay Choirs

The Malay Choir Road March comprises some 55 choirs and bands and approximately 8000 members.

The route will start at Keizersgracht, proceed along Darling Street, into Adderley Street and Wale Street turning left into Bree Street. At this point groups will board their busses and leave the city. Over 100 buses have been arranged to transport event participants.

As per agreement with participating Boards, the procession will commence at 22:00 on 31 December and end at 04:00 on 01 January. The last team will start at 02:00 on 01 January to ensure that the procession will reach the end point by 04:00. This will allow the City’s cleansing services to clean the area in preparation for the next event which starts at 11:00 on 01 January.

Only the five troupes resident in the Bo-Kaap will cross Keizersgracht to return to the Bo-Kaap. Traffic Services will manage the traffic flow at Buitengracht Street.

Saturday 01 January 2011 – Minstrel Road March

The procession will comprise approximately 66 Minstrel troupes and bands, comprising of 46 000 people.

The route will start at Keizersgracht, proceed along Darling Street into Adderley Street, and Wale Street before turning left into Bree Street where the groups will board their buses and leave the central city.

The procession will commence at 11:00 and end at approximately 22:00.

Road closure information

Road closures will be implemented from 18:00 to 04:00 on 31 December 2010 and between 08:00 and 24:00 on 1 January 2011.

The route from Keizersgracht, to Darling, Adderley and Wale Street, and all intersections leading to these roads, will be closed to vehicular access. There will be high congestion in Bree Street as the minstrels will board their buses in this area. Residents are urged to rather avoid Bree Street where possible.

Road closures will be implemented at the following intersections:

  • Sir Lowry Road and Tennant Street
  • Buitenkant and Caledon Streets
  • Longmarket and Plein Streets
  • Longmarket and Burg Streets
  • Queen Victoria and Bloem Streets
  • Loop and Dorp Streets
  • Canterbury and Caledon Streets
  • Caledon and Tennant
  • Longmarket and Parliament Streets
  • Adderley and Strand Streets
  • Long and Dorp
  • Bree and Dorp Streets
  • Corporation and Caledon Streets
  • Caledon and Parade Streets
  • Loop and Church Streets
  • Parliament and Bureau Streets
  • Long and Church Streets
  • Bree and Church Streets
  • Kaizersgracht and Vogelgezang Streets
  • Kaizersgracht and Tennant Streets
  • Caledon and Tennant Streets
  • Strand and Buitenkant Streets
  • Strand and Plein Streets
  • Wale and Buitengracht Streets
  • Buitengracht and Dorp Streets
  • Bree and Leeuwen Streets

General Information

Weather forecasts predict particularly hot conditions on Saturday. Members of the public who may be watching or participating in the march are reminded to drink lots of water, wear protective clothing, apply sunscreen and keep out of direct sunlight wherever possible.

SA Police Services, Traffic Services, Metro Police, Disaster Management and Law Enforcement will be in attendance.

Security, medical assistance, fencing, cleansing, water points and toilets will be in place.

No vending or informal trading will be allowed along the procession routes or in any other area that has been proclaimed prohibited or restricted for informal trading. Law Enforcement will remove and impound any stalls that have been set up.

No parking will be allowed along the route and at the pickup points in Bree Street (between Dorp & Leeuwen Street). Illegally parked vehicles will be impounded.

The Cape Town Central City Improvement District will also assist with cleansing and security services.

Members of the public who have any queries regarding the events can contact the Event Organiser, Albert Webster, on Tel: 021 400 1640



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