Last updated on Jan 28th, 2021 at 12:39 am

Just about everyone and their mama is making masks these days and Somizi Mhlongo is not one to ignore a business opportunity when he sees one

Masks have become an essential item for millions of people around the world in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last week that, as of May 1, all South Africans will be required to wear cloth masks in public. 

Somizi is thinking about releasing his own mask line to help the masses look “fashionably protected”.

“Testing the waters… New masks loading… fashionably protected… variety of materials… any material actually… If this was available wud u buy it?” the Idols SA judge wrote on Instagram.

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Somizi added that his masks would be a “very affordable price since the pockets are very tight”

“It’s so cool and comfortable. Let’s see the response and I’ll take it from there.” 

Somgaga’s followers loved the black and white print mask he shared on his profile and are already putting in orders.

“Yes, also cartoons for kids,” one woman wrote. 



Somizi is not the only star putting a designer twist on mask wearing

Influencer Sarah Langa recently sported a stylish mask during one of her recent grocery runs.


She urged her followers not to buy N95 masks as healthcare professionals needed them more.


Former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss has also been encouraging her followers to wear masks.

She showed Cape Town doctor Barlodien Kotzé some love on her page a few days ago.

Dr Kotzé started the ‘MASKhero’ initiative with fashion designer Cindy Bam to help empower people to be proud MASK heroes. The two women have been supplying healthcare staff, patients and other essential workers with masks during COVID-19. 

Jo-Ann explained that the masks, which Rachel and Siya Kolisi have also been spotted wearing, will help scores of people. 

“We’ll be wearing masks for a long time… best we get used to them and have a few that we can wash at night with soap and water to reuse the next day. I’m so grateful to my friends for these incredible masks that they distribute to patients that my husband sees in the hospital (one of the founders’ husband works with my husband @drbarlodien). 

“The incredible designer @cindy_bam is one of the founders and they’ve been working tirelessly to get masks ready for farmworkers,” she wrote.