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.
Yet another clear declaration has been made to save Princess Vlei from inappropriate development. This time it is the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town and of False bay that have thrown their weight behind the Save Princess Vlei Campaign.
The magic of Princess Vlei was very much alive on the 23rd September, as a crowd of school children, parents and supporters engaged in a moonlight parade to celebrate the birds and other natural life at Princess Vlei.
Forum Members braved the torrential rain and low temperatures to stand along the M5 on Prince George Drive and cheer the Three Vlei Race participants, waving posters calling for the protection of Princess Vlei from a proposed mall development.
The Princess Vlei Forum, in collaboration with city community arts colleges, will be holding a Flight of Dreams parade and art display at Princess Vlei, on Monday September 23 from 6 to 10 pm.
“These trees are a symbol of our dreams for these communities”. This was the message given by Reverend Rachel Mash when she blessed the 27 trees that were planted at Princess Vlei on Sunday, 18 August. People from all over, young and old, arrived to plant the trees in honour of children who had died, and as a pledge for children of the future.
The Princess Vlei Forum Madiba Day event had a surprise guest of honour: Marcus Griebelaar, from Retreat, who had the privilege of driving Nelson Mandela from 1995 to 2007.
“Baptism in living water is a very important part of our religion – it goes back to the time of Jesus. Every Sunday we come to Princess Vlei to baptise new converts. We travel all this way because this is natural water, with spiritual power.
When thirty Cape Town citizens set off on a walking tour of the environs of Princess Vlei on Sunday morning (23 June 2013) it was with the intention of learning about the Vlei - its history, its ecosystems and the current controversy around proposed commercial developments. Before long there was a vibrant camaraderie between the people, young and old, reflecting the theme of Bridging the Divide that has long characterised the work of the Princess Vlei Forum.
Braam Hanekom (ANCYL); Daniel Hector (Lotus High); Marissa van Rensburg (UCT SRC); Abdeeya Fredericks (South African Progressive Civic Organisations); Enzio Smith (Steenberg Primary) Samir Hassan (John Graham Primary) and Patricia Moosa (South Peninsula High School).
“People say that the future belongs to the youth, but I think the present belongs to the youth. We can’t sit around waiting for everyone else to solve our problems, we need to stand up right now…”
There was a lot of imagination evident at our first Imagine Princess Vlei campaign event at the vlei on Saturday morning, as young and old gathered to talk about the future of the vlei.
“I think the vlei is one of those places that can be used to break down Apartheid geography in the city - becoming a place where people from many classes and backgrounds come to and enjoy”
So said Dr David Green, one of approximately 60 walkers who turned up at the our “Princess Power” walk on Saturday.
Princess Vlei Forum Inaugural Meeting 31 October 2012
‘Identity, gives meaning to people’s existence, it is a way to overcome the poverty of the soul.’
So said Professor Henry (Jatti) Bredekamp, retired CEO Iziko Museums and keynote speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Princess Vlei Forum (PVF) on Wednesday.
Prof Bredekamp said he was particularly inspired to address the meeting because of the PVF’s people’s plan, which presents a community-driven alternative vision for Princess Vlei.
“Our wish for Princess Vlei is that if anyone has bad intentions, bad dreams and bad wishes for this area that those dream catchers will catch those and only let through the good vibes.”
So said Ayesha Price, principal of the Children’s Arts Centre, Zonnebloem at the Arts Alive event at Princess Vlei on Thursday, 27 September.
9 August 2012
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