We dont need another shopping centre – we need grass and trees

09 Sep 2009 Posted by in Environment, News and Events | 2 comments

Dear Zeekoevlei Community

On a voluntary basis the Zeekoevlei and surrounding areas residents and the Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei are joining with the GCTCA Alliance, other civic bodies around Princess Vlei as well as the Cape Flats Wetland Forum and the Zandvlei Trust to save Princess Vlei as a priceless treasure for the future, a Kirstenbosch of the Cape Flats, a recreational centre and a cultural and historical monument.

We invite everyone from all over Cape Town to a rally at the Princess Vlei Fish market on Sunday 13 September 2009 at 11h00.??I apologise for the short notice but please advertise the rally in your community and help get a turn-out for a fun event. Meet nice people, bring any banners and posters you may have, as well as dress to be photographed by the press. Let us dedicate ourselves to save this magical place.??

Princess Vlei is on the mountain side of Prince George Drive (M5) between Victoria Road on the north (Southfield) and Retreat Road / Fifth Ave on the south (Retreat and Cafda Village). Grassy Park is on the other side of Prince George Drive. There is a traffic light at the vlei, leading to the Fish Market. On the south corner of the open land, on Prince George Drive, where the shopping centre is planned, is the “Dressing The Princess” sign where Calvin Cochrane and the Cape Flats Wetland Forum are rehabilitating the natural vegetation.

The City of Cape Town has for 12 years been working to get approval to sell 3.6ha on the shore of Princess Vlei to build a shopping centre. The approval process is at its last stage (sale to the developer) and we must stop it. There are plenty of other suitable places in the area for a shopping centre.
??This is where Portuguese explorer Francesco d’Almeida in 1510 abducted the Khoisan Princess whose headquarters was Elephant Eye Cave on Constantiaberg, clearly visible from the vlei.

It has been argued that the vlei and open public space are degraded, crime ridden and beyond recovery. The local residents do not all believe that. The site on which the development is planned is in fact nationally Critically Endangered vegetation (Cape Flats Sand Fynbos) which the City has a duty to rehabilitate and conserve.

Zeekoevlei is an amazing example of what can be done when the will of the people is applied, our civil servants do listen and our parks and recreational spaces and the natural environment can and must be rejuvenated and restored. Please help us get a good crowd of lovers of Cape Town to this event.

Yours Sincerely

Richard Cammell

Chairman Zeekoevlei Civic Assn.

  1. Charl Marais09-19-09

    This is unacceptable, for the City of Cape Town to even be in a discussion about the selling of such an environmentally sensitive area. The other side being the heritage attached to the area.

    With the amount of wetlands already been destroyed by greedy & irresponsible actions. At this rate there will soon be nothing for our children to enjoy. The huge problem is that our society is cash driven and we need to instill the right attitude in our children.

    The preservation of our natural areas is crucial and we need to prioritise it.

  2. Shahiemah Edwards10-21-10

    Keep Princess Vlei as open space we need to preserve the environment. No to development of shopping Centre. Rehabilitate it for use by community and preservation of fauna and flora. Also respect the cultural heritage connected to the Vlei.

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