In 2009, Charl entered and won the nomination for Mr. Gay South Africa.
This enabled Charl to marry his charity work with Health4Men an American funded initiative focussed on the education of HIV/Aids and the Animal Anti Cruelty League, during and after his bid for the title.
At a gala event held at the Pretoria State Theatre Opera House in November 2009, Charl won the Mr. Gay South Africa title, which enabled him to represent South Africa at the International Mr Gay World pageant in Oslo, Norway.
In February 2010, Charl beat 22 International contestants to become the first African and South African to win a Mr. World title in history.
Charl van den Berg is now the official titleholder of Mr. Gay World 2010, where he is the International spokesperson for LGBT community.
Charl is the official spokesperson on Diversity and Human Rights for minority groups around the world.
He has travelled to Vancouver in February 2010 to participate in the closing of the Winter Games and Winter Pride in Canada. Other travels included Namibia, where he attended the launch of their LGBTI Network as part of his initiative to bridge out into African countries where homosexuality is not recognised, becoming one of the network’s official Ambassadors, Berlin where he attended the Christopher Street Parade as well as Gala Evenings where he raised the profile of The Mr Gay World Organization and the Philippines in December 2010 where he delivered a speech on HIV/Aids and addressed the international media.
He is officially a South African that represents the Diversity of Africa and in particular the Rainbow Nation of South Africa – a true South African that represents the new era in our history.