Princess Vlei in Cape Town - the struggle goes on
Princess Vlei is a wetland and public open space in the southern parts of Cape Town that was neglected during apartheid and post-apartheid. Currently a fierce struggle is raging between the Province and developer who wants to build a shopping centre at the wetland, and local organizations that opposes such plans. Although the City of Cape Town, after a more than year long public participation processes decided in November 2011 to turn down the shopping centre, the Province went ahead and overturned the City's decision in March/April 2012. What started as a civic-led ecological rehabilitation project at Princess Vlei in 2008, has now turned into a civic organization called Princess Vlei Trust, launched on 2 May. Below I have provided extracts from my publications that give some context to this struggle and what it means, and added links to other texts.