Many thanks to all those who have contributed cash or other resources. Along with our crowdfunding campaign (which is still open until Friday!) we are working with OBSID to encourage businesses in Observatory to contribute. Here are the ones that have put cash on the table:
R1,000 and up
OBviouZly ArmchairHawkes & Findlay Hardware
R500 and up
Less than R500
(We find it particularly impressive that a business like Hawkes & Findlay, which isn't even open during the event, has the foresight to recognise that activities like Open Streets contribute to the betterment of public space, which ultimately benefits all businesses.)
Some people have been surprised about the need for fundraising. It's a free event, after all, run by volunteers, and the only participants getting paid are the traffic marshalls. So what's the deal? Well, as Rory Williams wrote in today's Cape Argus, the City has a number of requirements for a public event that cost cold, hard cash. We don't agree that all of these should be paid for by organisers of an event that has clear public benefit, and we are negotiating with the City over this. But meantime, we are doing what we can to meet all legal and safety requirements.
For those who would like to know, below is a breakdown of costs. The first event in May cost around R100,000 and we have managed to to reduce that by about 40% but that still means we need more than our crowdfunding target of R40,000 to make this event happen.
Items needed for a successful event:
Marshalls (required to reduce number of traffic officers) R6,390
Cleaning (bins, trash bags, labour before and after) R2,000
Bibs to identify marshalls and officials R1,000
Event management, publicity, networking and coordination R15,000
Thundafund fee (5%) R2,000
Items required by City of Cape Town:
Traffic barriers R5,000
Advertising (flyers and posters to advertise and notify residents of event) R6,950
Road closure notification R5,000
Portable toilets R5,500
Public liability insurance, health and safety officer R6,420
Traffic officers R11,000
It should be noted that this budget does not include resources provided by OBSID, or the cost of providing artworks and other rewards provided to funders on Thundafund.
This is our last chance, let's make sure we grow the movement by building on the momentum!
updated 24 October, 2013 10:30am