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December 30, 2011

Cape Minstrel Carnival and road-closure information

Image courtesy Cape Town Tourism

The Cape Minstrel Carnival is Cape Town's longest-running street party and parade and is led by the klopse (Cape minstrels) every year on January 2.

Historically January 2 was the one day Cape slaves were given off each year. Called Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“second new year”), it is a colourful celebration of our history and sees minstrels, dancers, performers and marching bands performing on the streets of Cape Town.

The nagtroepe (Malay choirs) will march on December 31, 2011, while the minstrels' roads march will take place on January 2, 2012, and promises a visual feast, with thousands of performers on the streets of the Mother City in a quest to earn highly contested awards such as most flamboyant performance, best dressed troupe and best band.

The City of Cape Town has partnered various minstrel groups to host these marches. The events will necessitate temporary road closures and the city urges residents to please be patient during this period.

Malay choir annual road march – December 31, 2011

Approximately 60 choirs and bands will participate in this event.

  • The route will start at Keizergracht, proceed along Darling Street, and then go left into Adderley Street and Wale Street. It will cross Buitengragt, before going right into Rose Street and finishing at Castle and Rose streets, where the groups will board buses and return home.
  • Fencing will be erected along both sides of the route. There will be controlled pedestrian crossings at Buitenkant, Plein, Parliament, Bureau, Long, Loop and Buitengragt streets. Appropriate signage will be in place.
  • Buitengragt and Wale streets will not be closed to vehicular traffic. The flow of traffic will be managed as effectively as possible.
  • The procession will commence at 21h00 on December 31, 2011 and end at 03h00 on January 1, 2012. The last team will start its march at 01h00 on January 1, 2012 to ensure that the procession reaches the end point in time. Road closures will be implemented from 18h00 onwards.

Minstrel road march – January 2, 2012

Approximately 70 minstrel troupes and bands will participate in this event.

  • The route will start at Keizergracht, Tenant and Sir Lowry streets, proceed along Darling Street and then left into Adderley Street and Wale Street. It will cross Buitengragt, before going right into Rose Street and finishing at Castle and Rose streets, where the groups will board buses and return home.
  • Fencing will be erected along both sides of the route. There will be controlled pedestrian crossings at Buitenkant, Plein, Parliament, Bureau, Long, Loop and Buitengragt streets. Appropriate signage will be in place.
  • Buitengragt and Wale streets will not be closed to vehicular traffic. The flow of traffic will be managed as effectively as possible.
  • The procession will commence at 10h00 and end at approximately 22h00. Road closures will be implemented from 07h00 onwards.

General information

The city’s traffic services, metro police, disaster risk management and law enforcement services, along with the South African Police Service, will maintain a high presence during the aforementioned events.

  • Security, medical assistance, fencing, cleansing, water points and portable toilets will be provided by the city.
  • No unauthorised vending or informal trading is allowed within the event precinct or in any other area that has been proclaimed prohibited/restricted for informal trading – except for accredited traders. Law enforcement officers will remove and impound any stalls that have been set up illegally.
  • No parking will be allowed along the route; illegally parked vehicles will be impounded.
  • Parking for residents of the Bo-Kaap and in Rose Street has been arranged.
  • The Cape Town Central Improvement District will assist with cleansing and security.
  • Members of the public should please be careful, especially at the designated pedestrian crossing areas and Company’s Garden. Any unlawful activity will be dealt with by the relevant authorities.

Residents are reminded to be vigilant in minding their children during these events. Members of the public who wish to raise any concerns during these events can contact the city’s operations centre on +27 (0)21 596 1999.

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