Jansenville to come alive at mohair fair

Xolisa Phillip

THE “jewel” of the Karoo will take centre stage when the International Mohair Summit comes to Jansenville. Nicknamed “diamond fibre” for its lustre and sheen, mohair was the common thread that would bring some of the industry’s biggest players and entertainment’s popular faces to this tiny Karoo town for what looked to be an unforgettable event, summit spokesman and Ikwezi Municipality mayor Sizwe Mngwevu said.

Organisers had not skimped on the fun factor and had roped in the likes of party planner to the stars Colin Cowie, businesswoman and model Shashi Naidoo, Idols SA winner Khaya Mthethwa and Afrikaans crooner Robbie Wessels, among many others who were part of the event’s official programme, Mngwevu said.

It will be business unusual for Jansenville when the four-day event kicks off with a dinner tomorrow, which Naidoo will emcee.

On the same day, a fashion show will see some of the Eastern Cape’s top designers, including Laduma Ngxokolo and Kelly Esterhuyse, showcasing collections that will have mohair as the star of the runway.

Two Japanese couturiers will add a Far East fashion flavour to proceedings while 12 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University third-year fashion students, as well as two fourth-years, will also display their creations.

Some of the province’s top models will strut their stuff at the show – but townsfolk will not be left off the menu as the mohair summit’s bumper entertainment bill will feature the best of what Jansenville talent has to offer.

More than 150 Jansenville and Klipplaat hopefuls had turned up for auditions held in the two towns to unearth hidden gems to include in the summit, event coordinator David Limbert said.

Of the 150 who vied for a coveted spot on the programme, five groups were selected to form part of the gala dinner. Also, 18 performance groups will be part of a street fair that will wrap up the summit next Saturday.

Praise singer Mbali Ganf, 17, has landed a slot at the gala dinner.

Her mentor at Simunye Youth Club, Vusumzi Langbooi, said the 17-year-old was beside herself with excitement.

The youth club’s ballroom, Latin and gumboot dancers will also break a move at the summit.

Jansenville holds the crown as the world’s biggest producer of mohair, with more than 50% of the fibre churned out in the town. Now, the quiet Karoo town will serve as the backdrop for what promises to be one of the glamour events of the industry.

The summit is held every four years.

Graaff-Reinet played host to the inaugural one in 2009.

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