The Princess Vlei Forum invite all to a Day of Action and Celebration at Princess Vlei on March 22, to showcase our vision for a nature and heritage park. We have invited the Mayor to the event, to receive the more than 7000 signatures collected against the mall.

For some years, the Princess Vlei Forum has been involved in a campaign to save Princess Vlei from the invasive and inappropriate development of a shopping mall. We have collected over 7000 petitions for this cause. As part of our campaign, we have also been involved in a process of consulting a wide range of community and other stakeholders to find out what people would like to see at the vlei, and to develop an alternative vision of the space that honours its natural, spiritual and heritage values.

 

On March 22 2014, we will hold an event at Princess Vlei to showcase this vision, and to present the petition and our vision to a representative of the Mayoral Committee of the City of Cape Town. Pupils from the John Graham Primary Science Club will be presenting these.

 

This event will showcase Princess Vlei as a space where we can celebrate nature, heritage and community. As World Water Day, and the day after Human Rights day, this date perfectly expresses the potential for such as space to redress past wrongs and contribute to a sustainable future.

 

Gary Stewart at Busy Corner in Grassy Park on March 8 alerts residents to the dangers posed by the mall proposal for Princess Vlei.

Gary Stewart at Busy Corner in Grassy Park on March 8 alerts residents to the dangers posed by the mall proposal for Princess Vlei.

The programme will last from 2 to 5 pm, incorporating a brief speech and hand-over of the petitions and vision, a range of exciting musical performances, and other entertaining, interactive and creative activities. Refreshments will be on sale.

 

Isongo will be performing at the Princess Vlei Day Of Action and Celebration. Photo supplied

Isongo will be performing at the Princess Vlei Day Of Action and Celebration. Photo supplied

Some of the activities on offer include:

Live musical performances from the internationally acclaimed John Wizards,
and Isongo, and well-known DJ, Rozzano

The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) will be launching a floating platform of wetland plants to provide a bird and plant habitat

Peninsula Paddle will be there giving Canoe lessons

Karate demonstrations by the Ashihara karate studio, and Yoga demonstrations by Earthchild

Puppets & Carnival Band from eMzantsi Carnival

Michaelis Art students are planning an art project

Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute will be making prayer flags

A puppet show on Leopard toads by Toadnuts

Information stalls and much more…

 

John Wizards will be performing at the Princess Vlei Day Of Action and Celebration. Photo supplied

John Wizards will be performing at the Princess Vlei Day Of Action and Celebration. Photo supplied

Recently, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson has made statements suggesting that the City might be reconsidering its decision to sell the land at Princess Vlei. We welcome this, but feel that it is important to ensure that the City makes a firm commitment before the elections. The March 22 event will be calling on the City to make this commitment, and to pledge that alternative plans for Princess Vlei will take into account the extensive community engagement that we have undertaken so far.

See the eMzantsi  puppets at the Princess Vlei Day Of Action and Celebration. Photo supplied

See the eMzantsi puppets at the Princess Vlei Day Of Action and Celebration. Photo supplied