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Minstrel, Malay Choir and Christmas Band organisations postpone their events <p>​The City of Cape Town supports the responsible decision taken by the Minstrel, Malay Choir and Christmas Band organisations to postpone their upcoming events.</p><p>This means the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Street Parade and the Malay Choir Board Road March, as well as the accompanying competitions will be moved to 2021. </p><p>The decision was taken in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the national state of disaster regulations which govern the number of people at gatherings.  <br>‘We are in unprecedented times where the safety of all those who attend events hosted in our city is a priority. As the City, we know the decision by the organisations is not one that has been taken lightly because these events are part of the fabric of Cape Town and they mean so much to the people of this city.</p><p>‘The City is committed, when it is possible to safely host the thousands of people who annually flock to these events, to assist the Minstrel, Malay Choir and Christmas Band organisations in the same manner that we have done in the past,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>The City currently has multi-year agreements to support the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Street Parade, Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association annual competitions and Malay Choirs Road March.  </p><p>‘Our current priority is the safety, health and welfare of our members and the public who support our events. The recent increase in infections is an indication of the difficult few months ahead and as such, the directors and leaders of the KKKA and its troupes decided to postpone the Cape Town Street Parade to 16 June 2021, subject to us being able to host the event in a safe and compliant manner. While it is very disappointing, we are proud of our decision and we hope that this is a further expression of our absolute commitment to transform this carnival into a safe and inclusive celebration of our culture that we can all be proud of,’ said Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association Director Muneeb Gambino.</p><p>‘In the interest of the safety of our patrons and members with the pandemic situation we find ourselves in, the best thing to do at this stage is to postpone the annual road march to a later date 15th June 2021 subject to everything be back to normal,’ said Chairman of the Cape Malay Choir Board, Ely Ismail.   </p>2020-11-29T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#e6bfeb55-82c9-4509-b0be-a23d62a55edb;L0|#0e6bfeb55-82c9-4509-b0be-a23d62a55edb|minstrel carnival;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#83070331-11cb-4550-aaa5-00c8fabe71c5;L0|#083070331-11cb-4550-aaa5-00c8fabe71c5|Malay Choirs;GP0|#a3943b16-d068-4ee1-bf78-a0d07686be9e;L0|#0a3943b16-d068-4ee1-bf78-a0d07686be9e|Christmas10

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