Despite his recent troubles, media personality Somizi Mhlongo has found a new gig as the host of the first Voguish Marquee horse racing event with a twist at Mall of Africa in Midrand next weekend.
For the first time, the horse racing and fashion showcase will be held at a mall and without any actual horse racing, due to the country’s tight Covid-19 regulations.
The organisers will host event-goers at the luxury Voquish Marquee and give them an off-track horse racing experience on December 5.
The last time the race was run was at the Turfontein Racecourse in Johannesburg 2019. Covid-19 also scuppered last year’s race plans.
Voguish Marquee organiser Mohau Seema said they chose Mall of Africa to host this year’s event because it’s easier to adhere to Covid-19 regulations.
“It complies with all the Covid-19 regulations. So, we are comfortable that people who are coming to the event would have gone through a screening process in line with Covid-19 regulations. Even during the event before you gain entry, there will by Covid-19 procedures and officers will be working with us,” Seema said.
Seema said the extravagant Mhlongo had been on the organisers’ radar for more than three years before he finally availed himself to host the event.
“We have been wanting Somizi to host our marquee for the last three years, but we could not. We finally got him for the third edition of the Voguish Marquee. The reason is that Somizi is very humble and a people’s person.
Based on that, I would have Somizi hosting 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 that you are dressed to the nines.”
For the first time in its three-year history, the exclusive event will look to attract a middle-class audience by adding an extra floor in the garden for a lower price, making it more accessible.
The normal cost of entrance to the garden is R250 and the hospitality suits start from R5 000, while the most expensive table is R20 000.
This year, the Voquish Marquee has also partnered with local luxury alcohol brand Dess Champagne as the official drink of the day.
Busta Gushima of Dess Champagne said: “I 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 just that, and it represents everything top, elegant, luxury, talent, beauty –and I think this is the right space for us to execute something that really is Dess.”
The entertainment line-up will include DJ Shimza, Kabza De Small and Kings of the Weekend.