Upcoming events by the Minstrel, Malay Choir and Christmas Band organisations have been postponed.
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 later in 2021.
New Year celebrations usually take place in the first week of January. However, the decision to postpone these events 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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
What is Tweede Nuwe Jaar?
Tweede Nuwe Jaar is one of the biggest events in the city, attracting hundreds of performers and thousands of spectators. The performers, known as the Kaapse Klopse, don colourful suits, face-paint, hats, and parasols. They strut their stuff through the streets, with brass instruments and drums, in the traditional ghoema musical style. The centre of Cape Town becomes a huge street party for the day. It’s loud, colourful, and a great deal of fun for the whole family.
Source: City of Cape Town, Media Office