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'Mohair Meander', museum give East Cape tourism boost
05 November 2009
 

Tourism in the Eastern Cape has been given a worldwide boost during the International Mohair Summit in the Karoo. Mohair SA Marketing Director, Jackie Gant, announced the launch of an official "Mohair Meander" and Ikwezi Mayor Sizwe Mngwevu announced that the world's first contemporary international mohair museum was being established in Jansenville. The new attractions "served to highlight the tourism potential of the Karoo and entrench Jansenville as the capital of the world's mohair industry", said Mngwevu, adding that the region produced more than 50% of the world's mohair.

 

"The museum is the first of its kind in the world and we invite South Africans and international tourists to this unique experience." On the "Mohair Meander" - which replaces and enhances a previous mohair route - Gant said it covered hundreds of kilometres of the Karoo, highlighting the importance of the region and its beauty.

 

"The meander winds its way north of Graaff-Reinet to Middelburg, stretching to Beaufort West and Prince Albert in the west, Cookhouse and Cradock in the east, and Mandela Bay in the south." Gant said the meander would bring financial returns to the region and offer tourists an educational fun holiday or day-trip alternative. "Globally, agricultural routes have become more and more popular, especially if, like the meander, they are environmentally friendly and healthy." Explaining the change from the previous Mohair Route, Gant said that while this had been a feature for the past 30 years and signage for about a decade, it had been done in an informal way. "Now is the right time for change and the new meander will be more structured. The aim is to link it into existing tourism routes so that visitors can gain maximum benefit when travelling."

 
 
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