THE second Mohair Summit in Jansenville will be focused on legacy projects in the region. With a budget of 40% less than the previous glamorous Karoo summit, which was held in 2009, Mohair SA's focus this year is on leaving sustainable projects behind and to act as a catalyst for making the town more economically viable.
Mohair SA general manager Deon Saayman said the summit would draw international investors to the region and the industry with the Investors' Conference, to be held from October 30 to November 1, and a street carnival and concert ending off the summit on November 2.
"The investors' conference will force various groupings of people from government and industry to speak to each other.
"It is a crucial platform, not only for the event itself, but to leave a legacy in the angora goat and mohair industry and, at the same time, put the town back on the map. The summit is a catalyst for the town to lift up its game and things have already started happening in Jansenville."
Saayman said the town's hotel recently upgraded its facilities and National Treasury also assisted the Ikwezi Municipality in upgrading the town hall, which will be used for the summit.
The main investors' conference will be held at the town hall, with an exhibition market next to the hall.
Ikwezi mayor Sizwe Mngwevu said the mohair summit would not only offer a welcome economic boost for the town but it would also showcase the country, province and region to international visitors.
"This year's summit is a lot more focused on leaving a legacy behind for the region.
"A few mohair value chain projects we hope investors will find interesting include popularising goat meat, since it is a lean meat, to sell to retailers, starting a tannery in town as well as various weaving and spinning projects in the region.
"If you consider more than 70% of the world's mohair is produced in South Africa, we need to start capitalising on all that this resource has to offer," Mngwevu said.
He said the Mohair Empowerment Trust, which was established at the 2009 mohair summit, was doing well under the guidance of Mohair SA in assisting emerging farmers in becoming sustainable commercial farmers. It played a huge role in increasing the production of mohair.
Popular Afrikaans singer Robbie Wessels and last year's Idols winner Khaya Mthethwa will be performing at the concert on November 2, which will be held from noon in the main street of Jansenville.