Infecting the City 2012
City Treasurers - Relics of Place

Journey along the Rivers of Sweet Water

Created by:

Caron van Zeil


Mon 21 – Fri 25 at 10h30


90 mins


Festival Information Desk, on the Festival Hub


Festival Information Desk

Caron van Zeil of ‘Reclaim Camissa’ will whip a minibus load of people around the outskirts of the CBD for 90 minutes daily on an evocative tour of historical sites connected to Cape Town’s natural water supply.

Cape Town became a refreshment post due to its location and sweet, fresh water … few locals and visitors, however, know about the Little Venice that lies underneath the City of Cape Town, waiting for you to discover and explore.
While doing her Masters in Environmental Planning and Landscape Architecture a few years ago, Caron found open land pockets that were green all year round.

‘I was intrigued, started a search in the archives, read old documents and studied historical maps. That is how I came to discover and explore a series of springs and underground waterways around Oranjezicht, Gardens and down to the old shoreline in Strand Street,’ says the founder of the “Reclaim Camissa”.’

Cape Town used to be referred to as Camissa (‘Place of Sweet Water’) by the Khoi, and was noted as such on old Spanish and Portuguese maps.

Caron will introduce small groups to the CBD’s hidden waterways, take them for a short underground tour, visiting seven different precincts, including Stadtsfontein, a spring that spews over 2.5 million liters of water into the City’s storm water system daily.

Each destination has relics of old infrastructure, historical memories and stories to reveal of the Khoi, the slaves, colonial times, and love and buried Treasures…

Places are limited to 10 people per tour, so reserve your place early.

Caron Von Zeil

Caron Von Zeil

Caron Von Zeil is a complexity thinker and a systems designer. An Urbanist, she is an Environmental Planner and Landscape Architect; a social justice and peace activist, a researcher, a midnight gardener and a mother. As the founder and director of a Public Benefit Organisation: RECLAIM CAMISSA, her aim is to assist fellow citizens in reclaiming our most vital resource (WATER) and the cultural heritage and public space associated with this wate read more...