By  on December 2, 2013

JANSENVILLE, South Africa — Over half of the world’s mohair — the fiber that comes from the hair of the angora goat — is produced in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, so it was fitting that the 2013 International Mohair Summit was held in the heart of mohair country, Jansenville.

The mohair industry plays a significant role in the town, which has been identified as a “poverty node,” with high levels of unemployment. Apart from encouraging international interest in mohair, among the objectives of the summit that ran from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 was to spur economic growth and sustainable job development through key partnerships, with the South African government and the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform being the primary partners for this initiative.

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