‘Don’t rob us, don’t rob our children and don’t rob our grandchildren of the beauty that’s been given to us...’ - Edward Copperfield
About Princess Vlei
The Princess Vlei is the gateway to the wetland system that runs through Grassy Park, purifying the water before it runs into the sea. The Vlei has a big history, and has long been treasured by the many citizens who have enjoyed its beauty and tranquility. For the past few years, the community has been fiercely defending it against the threat of a proposed development: a double volume shopping mall, car park and taxi rank. Read more...
What would you like to see at Princess Vlei?
The City has assured us that they will be engaging the community to find out what people would like to see at Princess Vlei. Make your voice heard by filling in our online survey...
Who should join the conversation?
Help us create a list of community stakeholders who should be invited to help develop a vision for Princess Vlei.
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Wednesday 24 September: Painting the Princess
12.00pm to 3.30pm
Internationally renown grafitti artist will be completing a mural at Princess Vlei. Bring a picnic and your family and creativity and come and watch Mak1one in action. He will be painting from the morning until 3pm, when the mural will be unveiled.The Princess Vlei Forum will be present to interview people about what they would like to see at Princess Vlei to help us consolidate. the community vision for the space. Find out more
Saturday 27 September: Flight of Dreams Carnival and Concert:
3.00 to 8.00 pm
Join us in a carnival parade to celebrate our wonderful victory, and to honour the beautiful birds at Princess Vlei. The parade will move from LOFOB, down First Avenue through Grassy Park, to Princess Vlei , to be followed by a concert at Princess vlei. All are invited to join the parade with their organisation/school banners, or bring your own bird puppets and masks. Find out more.
The Princess Vlei Forum has been awarded Oganisation of the Year in the Southern African finals of the International Association of Public Participation 2014 Core Values Awards.
30 August: Flight of Dreams workshop
Sixty teenagers, some inspired educators, some sticky tape and paper, the inspiration of the birds of Princess Vlei, and three hours of intense creativity... All you need to produce five incredible bird inspired puppets to be set flying at our Flight of Dreams Parade on 27 September... read more
28 June: Imagine Princess Vlei - The way forward
‘This is how we would like the City to talk to the community about Princess Vlei: with transparency, accountability, inclusivity and mutual respect.’
This was the overall message from a diverse group of people who gave up the rugby and soccer on Saturday to attend a workshop hosted by the Princess Vlei Forum... read more
29 April: Landscapes and Identity
Dr Ian McCallum, psychoanalyst, poet, author, lecturer and Wilderness Leader, was the keynote speaker at an event – ‘Landscapes and Identity’ - hosted recently by Princess Vlei Forum in Grassy Parkl. The theme of the evening, that identity is tied inextricably to place, threaded through all the presentations.... read more.
25 April: Meet the Birds
Over one hundred learners from local schools were treated to an exquisite windless autumn day at Princess Vlei when they came to Meet the Birds on April 25th. The event was co-ordinated by the Princess Vlei Forum, the Children’s Art Centre, and Frank Joubert Art Centre as part of the Flight of Dreams programme... read more.