BERLIN November 2016, is set to be bigger and better than the past two years.
The entertainment line-up at Saturday ’s horse racing event includes DJ Bongs, KO, Vusi Nova, Vetkuk vs Mahoota and Pastor the DJ, while Mafa Bavuma, Lusanda Mbane and Moshe Ndiki will also entertain the crowd as MCs.
According to founder Luthando Bara, the interest has grown from when the Berlin November horse racing event was launched in 2014.
“Horse racing is the second most popular sport in the rural Eastern Cape and it should be our pride. This is a product of the province.
“We will also have horses participating from as far as KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and the Free State,” Bara said.
“This is not just an Eastern Cape event, but a South African one. We even held our press conference in Johannesburg. Tourism will boost our province,” Bara said.
To kickstart the event, there will be an amateur boxing tournament organised by South African featherweight champion Jackie Gunguluza.
Bara said he decided to add this segment because they have a responsibility to support grassroots sports development.
For the first time, there will also be a 5km fun run and Bara said all runners will be using B&Bs in Berlin as accommodation which will help to grow the economy and tourism of the area.
“The event will feature a fashion show coordinated by popular local designer Busisiwe Nodada, who works in the fashion and design department at the Walter Sisulu University. The Berlin November offers a total of 18 races with prize money of R500000.”
There will be three stages, fashion shows and five corporate marquees.
Asked if he had any advice for people who will be attending the event, Bara said, “dress well and represent the province”.