Everyone is saying "was" our fishing ground, "was" our playing ground, "as children, we did this and that" how many people take their children to the vlei these days to play or fish, or picnic? I was born and bred Grassy Park, I would not take my family there for a picnic today for fear of being mugged, murdered. So keep the vlei, yes, but do something to make the place a safer place for our familes to enjoy.
Do you recall when they offered train rides at Princess Vlei for children and when the fruit stall was there on Prince George Drive?
The best way to make the vlei safe is to use it. I have been there almost weekly, for walks, events etc, and while I would not go alone in a group I felt completely safe. ON Heritage day, there were hundreds of people picnicking together.
so many great memories of playing around there, even sailing on it many years ago. A mall will be a monstrosity!
with the scout camp just opposite, we would build rafts then go ride on Princess Vlei, if your raft could stay afloat, ask Donny Jurgens...
If they somehow can build the mall, but incorporate the vlei, almost like they have done at Canal Walk, that could be nice. Could make life easy for the Retreat, Grassy Park, Lavender Hill people, and surrounding people, who do not have to go too far for a mall. Most people seem to enjoy the malls these days, some's favorite hang outs.
Besides fond memories of picnics and fishing......We Capetonians need to ask, do we really need more concrete and steel? Preserve Princess Vlei!
We love our princess vlei!
I think there are more than enough malls in Cape Town surrounding areas!
The Bible says: The root of money is the cause of all evil".
lol.....u saw my mistake but it was meant to draw attention especially to the evil ones that want to destroy our wetlands due to greed for money!
Let them build a shopping mall somewhere else! Biodiversity MUST be protected by humans as they can VOICE their concerns... Mother Nature is relying on us.
Save Princess Vlei - we need our green lungs!
Save Princess Vlei! Leave this wetland to all the creatures that call it home and let us enjoy it too.
A mall/building can be built anywhere but once a wetland is destroyed it can never be recovered. the work that has been done on the Vlei to date is commendable. We don't need more malls!
Would be nice for people to think long term for a change.
I am pleased to have signed the petition!