STORY TRAIN 2021: Keaorata Gaokgwathe

iStimela Sendaba welcomes Keaorata Gaokgwathe who tells the tale of ‘The Roof of Leaves.
A husband and wife from the Congo, who are very much in love have a fight, which almost leads to their divorce. Can they save the situation in time?

The story train is all about passing on the wonderful African tradition of storytelling and bringing it into the modern day – stories feed our curiosity and imaginations, develop a love of learning, and connect us to others. Aimed at children aged 4-10, each session explores a new story told by a vibrant and energetic storyteller. Being in the zoom room will give you the opportunity to enjoy the story with others, and have some creative fun together. Get on the train daily with Tsholofelo Shounyane, our resident train conductor, and her friend, Nonki.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Family
  • Duration (minutes): 30mins
  • Ages: 3 - 10 years
  • Release Date: July 28, 2021 00:01 - July 28, 2021 23:59



This project is brought to you by ASSITEJ SA and Play Africa. The funding for this collaboration is made possible through the National Arts Council (NAC) PESP fund, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and Rand Merchant Bank.

Storyteller: Keaorata Gaokgwathe

Project Managers: Yusrah Bardien, Pauline Hansen

Iekraam Adams, Siphumeze Khundayi, Sanele Moya, Jessica Denyschen, Matthew Griffiths, Renaldo Kell.
Tshireletso Media: Tshepiso Motlhagodi and Tumisang Kokonyane

Educational Materials: Yvette Hardie, Alison Green, Ann Simmonds


Keaorata Lovers Gaokgwathe was born in Ganyesa village, North-west Province, but moved to Kimberley where he now resides. He obtained a Diploma in Dramatic Arts at FUBA School of Dramatic & Visual Arts and studied at the Northern Cape Institute of Technology. He has worked in theatre productions as a writer, actor, director and activist. Keaorata Lovers Gaokgwathe is best known as a poet and he runs poetry sessions at Tlou le Tau tribal hall. Prizes awarded include three ballroom & Latin American dance medals. He won first prize trophy for story-telling (GAYCO Arts Festival 2004). As a co-founder of Gaabo-motho Arts Foundation and founder of Lefoko Poetry Society, he continues to revive cultural activities to communities of the arts. He has staged The Village Poet at the North-West Cultural Calabash and worked on a Northern Cape Poetry anthology project compiled by Sabata-Mpho Mokae, as well as his own poetry album, In His Words. He is a drama facilitator at Galeshewe Theatre Organisation in Kimberley, and a former Radio personality at RTS FM.