I wrote a poem about Princess Vlei....
What is it about Princess Vlei
Ninety nine percent of us own nothing
Except the debt we own
Owed to the one percent
That owns everything
And wants our heritage too
Do we hang our heads in shame
Not even leaving the vlei to our future born
When we have nothing else to give them
It is all we have
Give it gladly to our seeds
Home of our ancestors
Home to our inheritors
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Beautiful poem, Gerald. Could I share it on our website?
It would be wonderful to see more people safely enjoying the peaceful natural environment of the Vlei -- maybe some footpaths, as there are on the top of Table Mountain... A low-key vegan or vegetarian café that operates as a space for environmental consciousness building and animal rights advocacy (much needed along the M5) as well as a friendly meeting spot for nature lovers in the area would be wonderful. An open space for outdoor yoga (like they do on the Seapoint Promenade) would help to bring good energy to the area.
I would like to see the vlei opened to the sea via a canal that small boats and yachts can use. They can build a swing bridge over the canal.
Princess Vlei should be proclaimed a heritage site. Its history is documented. Get the monuments commission involved. To put a shopping mall in the area is the most stupid thing I've ever heard. Wetlands must be protected. Contact CAPE (Cape Action for People and the Environment) and get them involved. Find their number under Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens. Speak to Mandy.
Thanks Maryke, we'll follow that up
Princess vlei should be an area where families can spend time outdoors, with the indigenous vegetation preserved and if necessary replanted. Ideas could be taken from the Biodiverity park in Cape Town which has been beautifully done with information boards, a creatively designed play ground and some exercise apparatus for adults. There's no need for another mall. There is the Blue Route on the one side and Pick n Pay on the other.
Preserve & maintain the flora & wildlife as a first priority. Following an environmental impact assessment, could boardwalks for walking & jogging, picnic areas & a cafe selling healthy food. If viable and not damaging to the environment, kayaks could be available for hire? The silvermine reservoir/picnic area is a good example of an area well designed & maintained, though the vlei ought to be free - or at least very affordable so all people can enjoy it.
@Brigit Pitt,gladly use the poem.Gerald
Firstly, the dunes needs to be leveled, there are no bins or recycling bins for starters as weekends and weekdays people need to be trained to throw their garbage in bins, i think this will be the first step. Further ideas to follow. thanks.
I would like to see a development similar to that of the Green Point Eco Park, where the vlei is left in its natural state but kept clean & maintained. The area around the vlei must be made accessible and beautiful as is the case in Green Point, with natural gardens, pathways to walk around, picnic space, exercise space and space for sport and leisure. A bit of history and culture should also be incorporated. Keeping the area well maintained, clean and safe are high priorities.
I would like the Princess vlei to be conserved in it's natural pristine condition. Zero impact, zero development and zero human footprint. Protect it from alien vegetation, sewage effluent and human disturbances. Vered Gartushka