Events in Cape Town on the up

Cape Town, South Africa: For two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the event industry with numerous events being postponed or even called off. However, a review of the 2021/2022 financial year provides a glimmer of hope for the industry as well as those who rely on it for their livelihoods.

The City of Cape Town’s Events Permit Office has issued 436 permits to host events since the start of the financial year in July 2021.

A majority of the permits this financial year were issued in March when 64 events were approved by the permit office for that month.

This has more than quadrupled compared to the previous year when only 91 permits were issued in the 2020/21 financial year.

Pre-pandemic, the office issued, on average, more than 1 200 event permits annually.

Permits are required for all events with more than 200 participants or when the occasion will have amplified sounds, will require the closure of roads and structures to be erected.

This financial year has provided the perfect foundation for the industry to fully recover from the impact of the pandemic. This development is testament to the fantastic partnerships between the Events Department, various event organisers who have shown resilience and continue to showcase Cape Town’s expertise in hosting successful, world class major events,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

During the 2021/2022 financial year, Cape Town hosted a number of major Events including, among others:

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
Africa Energy Week
Loeries Creative Week
Absa Run Your City races
British and Irish Lions Tour
Cape Town Cycle Tour
Absa Cape Epic
Red Bull King of the Air
FAME Week Africa
South African International Ballet Competition
Miss South Africa
National Youth Music Competition
International Public Art Festival
SA Innovation Summit
Cape Town Carnival
South Africa Disabled Golf Open
Africa Travel Week
Investing in the Mining Indaba
Mitchell’s Plain Festival

This increase in permits also shows the appetite for events and the need to relax restrictions on event capacity, which will in turn assist organisers to earn livelihoods and bolster a struggling economy.

This also shows that organisers working with our events permit office as well as our service departments are able to successfully host major events without incidents,’ added Alderman JP Smith.

This month, Cape Town will play host to the month-long Jive Funny Festival, the United Rugby Championship knockout stages, the Encounters International Documentary Festival, Decorex Cape Town and Jazzathon.


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