Charl van den Berg at his wardrobe
fitting on Saturday in Pretoria

Charl van den Berg, Mr. Gay South Africa, leaves Monday night for Oslo where he will compete for the title of Worldwide Mr. Gay.

Van den Berg, who won the local title in November last year, had his pageant wardrobe fitting on Saturday in Pretoria. His outfits have been designed by Peter Bondesio and he will wear swimwear by Bone Wear.

The 28 year old Capetonian, who also made appearances at Ramp Divas and Legends nightclubs this weekend, told Mambaonline that he was nervous and excited about the trip.

“It’s my first time travelling [overseas]. Once I get on the airplane I think I will finally relax after all the rushing around this past week,” he said.

He added that he was looking forward to “meeting people and different cultures, seeing how other gay guys live and punting South Africa and what a great country it is”.

During his trip, van den Berg will meet the Lord Mayor of Oslo, the Norwegian Prime Minister and visit the Nobel Institute as well as the Norwegian Parliament.

Worldwide Mr. Gay describes itself as a “twenty First Century beauty contest where the delegates represent their nation as the best spokesperson and embody the spirit of their nation”.

The participants will be judged over a four day period from 10 to 13 February, with the winner being announced at a pageant show on Saturday night.

Mr. Gay SA organisers have urged van den Berg’s supporters to vote for South Africa on the Worldwide Mr. Gay website at

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