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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. But now it is fighting for its life, as it faces the threat of a proposed development: a double volume shopping mall, car park and taxi rank. Read more

The Princess Vlei Forum

The Princess Vlei Forum is a nonprofit, non-partisan organisation. It was officially constituted on October 31, 2012, but has grown out of a ten year struggle to protect the vlei from commercial development. Its activities revolve around four key objectives:

  • To protect the space now and in the future from inappropriate development
  • To re-imagine the space as a nature and heritage park
  • To claim the space - encourage community use of the space for different activities
  • To connect and empower communities through networking and organized action

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The People’s Plan

Imagine if…

  • The Princess is developed to benefit both communities and nature…
  • We all help decide on how to make our vlei a precious asset for ourselves and our children…

We have spoken to many people about what they want to see at Princess Vlei, and put these ideas together to form the People’s Plan. Our dream for the Princess, as expressed in our proposal to the World Design Capital2014, is to enrich and extend this plan through discussions with all who have an interest in Princess Vlei.

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We mourn the loss of our greatest leader, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Hamba kahle, Tata. We will always be grateful for your living testimony to the power of humility, compassion, integrity and courage. Long may your spirit walk amongst us. May we honour you not with empty words, but by expressing your values in all that we do.

Read about Mandela and the Princess Vlei

The Princess needs YOU!

Help to save Princess Vlei from unwanted and destructive development.

  • Spread the word
  • Occupy the Vlei
  • Tell the politicians what we want
  • Come to our events
  • Make a financial contribution
  • Send us your ideas…

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Read about the launch of our red flag campaign:Raising the Flag for Princess Vlei

“Scrooge is a sublime success… You’d have to search very hard for a more exciting trip to the theatre this festive season…” – Cape Times Review

Buy tickets for our fundraising performance of Scrooge, and help save our precious Princess while having the best evening out of the season.

Wednesday, 22 January, 7.30pm.

Tickets: R150 or R195.

To Book, email

or phone Vilma at 0794253587 or Mea 0741011927.

News and commentary

  • A mesmerising installation

    November 14th, 2013

    It is difficult to pinpoint what is so compelling about Ayesha Price’s Save the Princess video installation. The Installation comprises a series of projected images and sound, which take place in six panels surrounding the viewer. Within a few moments of experiencing them, one is transported to a world of strange mystery and subtlety.

  • Raising the Flag for Princess Vlei

    November 11th, 2013

    The red flag was raised at Princess Vlei on Saturday 9th November as a diverse group of vlei enthusiasts came to support the Princess Vlei Forum’s red flag campaign.