About The Princess Vlei Forum
The Princess Vlei Forum is a nonprofit organisation with individual and organisational members. Our mission is to restore, conserve and protect the Greater Princess Vlei Conservation Area (GPVCA) for the benefit of communities and nature.
Our key objectives are to:
The Forum was launched on October 31, 2012, to co-ordinate a wide-spread community campaign to protect the vlei from commercial development. On March 22, 2014, the decision to scrap the mall was announced by Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson at the Princess Vlei Forum's Day of Action and Celebration.
In December 2015 the Forum signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the City of Cape Town, to formalise our status as a community partner in the management and transformation of the GPVCA.
Since March 2014, Forum has worked with the City to overcome the historical and ongoing neglect due to apartheid spatial planning. We have been guided by the community vision of a nature and heritage park at Princess Vlei. This vision was generated over three years through workshops, surveys, and conversations with community stakeholders. The City has released a Concept Development Plan for the area, based on the community vision and engagement with the Forum. Implementing and developing this plan is in progress.
Since 2015, the Forum has: