Princess Vlei Forum Press release
The Princess Vlei Forum is pleased to announce that it will be a signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the City of Cape Town, which will enable the Forum to act as a community liaison group in the management of Princess Vlei. This follows the City’s historic decision in March 2014 to scrap plans for the shopping mall at Princess Vlei in response to community protest.
The Princess Vlei Forum was formed in 2012 to co-ordinate efforts to oppose the mall, and to develop an alternative community vision for the site. Since the March 2014 victory, the Forum has focussed on exploring ways to rehabilitate, upgrade and improve the management of the site.
The MOA will enable the Forum to work collaboratively with the City in managing the GPVCA, and will streamline the process of stakeholder engagement in the area. It will also enable the Forum to assist in mobilising funding for improvements to the site.
The Forum appreciates the City’s willingness to engage with communities on the future of this important wetland area. We look forward to working with the City on transforming the GPVCA into a magnificent nature and heritage site that all can enjoy.
The agreement will be signed by Ms Lokiwe Mtwazi in her capacity as the Executive Director: Community Services, on behalf of the City, and by Philip Bam, chairperson of the Princess Vlei Forum. The signing will take place on the eastern shore of Princess Vlei (off Prince George Drive) at 5pm on Wednesday 9 December.
It will be followed by a 7km guided sunset walk around Princess Vlei of approximately one and a half hours. Dalton Gibbs from the City of Cape Town's Biodiversity Branch will guide us on the nature conservation opportunities and challenges of this beautiful wetland, and point out interesting flora and fauna. All are welcome to participate