Infecting the City 2012
City Treasurers - 1st Class Treasure

All aboard the journey of our life!

Created by:

Catherine Henegan and Jethro Louw


Mon 21 – Fri 25 at 10h30 & 14h30
Sat 26 at 10h30


60 mins


Festival Information Desk, Festival Hub

Catherine Henegan (Amsterdam-based South African performance maker and director of the recent musical ‘Afrikaaps’), and Jethro Louw (musician, poet and Khoisan activist), present a poetic exploration of the  Cape Town Station.
Jethro will lead you on an unusual and illuminating journey through the old and new parts of the Cape Town City Station, providing information dating back to the earliest recorded history of the site, whilst also reflecting on the modern day urban hustle and bustle of life in and around the Cape Town Station.
Particular focus will be given to the old 3rd Class part of the Station – which is now a more or less deserted empty shell. This section of the Station is a wonderful example of 1960ʼs South African public architecture, now replete with a gallery of commercial billboards and outdated rail timetables that span the last 3 decades.
It is also a living relic of South Africaʼs apartheid history, and Louw will illuminate the jewels and national Treasures that emerged from The Struggle and the continuing struggles of many people who live in and around Cape Town. In 1st Class Treasures the terminal’s deserted shops and stalls will function as mini exhibition spaces to present various aspects of the rich history of the station, its surrounds, its formal and informal economy, and the people who pass through it from different points of origin.Join Jethro and Catherine for a colourful, unconventional narration of facts and anecdotes.
The twice-daily tour can only accommodate 12 people, so reserve your place pronto at the Festival Info Desk on the Forecourt.

This artwork is sponsored by the Dutch Embassy and PRASA

Catherine Henegan

Catherine Henegan

Born in Johannesburg, Catherine Hengan’s work revolves around performance and video. After graduating from Wits School of Drama, Catherine worked as a designer and theatre maker at the Market Theatre and Market Theatre Laboratory in Johannesburg. Henegan collaborated with Lara Foot as a stage designer for the acclaimed production, ‘Ways of Dying’, based on the novel by Zakes Mda. In 2001 she graduated from DasArts (The Amsterdam School for read more...

Jethro Louw

Jethro Louw

Jethro Louw is a poet from Cape Town, born in Beaufort West in the Eastern Cape. He lives in a township and is a ghetto poet, largely considered to be the godfather of the spoken word in Cape Town. Alongside poets such as Lesego Rampolokeng, Mzwakhe Mbuli and Mzwandile Matiwana, he ranks as one of the nation's key voices, a noteable "word-bomber". Jethro uses the power of his words to bring back to life the discontinued heritage of his culture. H read more...