Seema said the extravagant Mhlongo had been on organizers’ radar for more than three years before finally availing himself of hosting the event. Photo: Somizi/Instagram
Despite his recent troubles, media personality Somizi Mhlongo has found a new gig as host of the first Voguish Marquee horse racing event with a twist at the Mall of Africa in Midrand next weekend.
For the first time, the horse racing and fashion showcase will be held in a mall and without an actual horse race, due to the country’s strict Covid-19 regulations.
Organizers will welcome spectators to the luxurious Voquish Marquee and offer them an off-road horse racing experience on December 5.
The last time the race took place was at Turfontein Racecourse in Johannesburg in 2019. Covid-19 also sabotaged racing plans from last year.
Voguish Marquee organizer Mohau Seema said they chose Mall of Africa to host this year’s event because it is easier to comply with Covid-19 regulations.
“It complies with all Covid-19 regulations. We are therefore confident that people coming to the event have gone through a selection process in accordance with Covid-19 regulations. Even during the event before you enter, there will be Covid-19 procedures and officers will be working with us,” Seema said.
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Seema said the extravagant Mhlongo had been on organizers’ radar for more than three years before finally availing himself of hosting the event.
“We wanted Somizi to host our marquee for three years, but we couldn’t. We finally got it for the third edition of the Voguish Marquee. The reason is that Somizi is very humble and a people person.
He has a huge following and he lines up really well in terms of lifestyle and how he has come to prominence as a public figure.
Based on this, I would like Somizi to organize this event for as long as it exists,” he said.
Mhlongo said, “I will be hosting the Voguish Marquee, the line-up is crazy, please make sure you are dressed fresh.”
For the first time in its three-year history, the exclusive event will seek to appeal to a middle-class audience by adding an additional floor in the garden at a lower price, making it more accessible.
The normal cost of entry to the garden is R250 and hospitality costumes start from R5,000, while the most expensive table is R20,000.
This year, the Voquish Marquee has also partnered with local luxury liquor brand Dess Champagne as the official drink of the day.
Busta Gushima of Dess Champagne said, “I’ve come a long way with Mohau and our brand aligns with Voguish Marquee. Dess is locally made and, more than anything, it is extraordinary. Voguish is also that, and it stands for all things high end, classy, luxurious, talented, beautiful – and I think it’s the right space for us to run something that’s truly Dess.
The entertainment lineup will include DJ Shimza, Kabza De Small and Kings of the Weekend.