PRINCESS VLEI – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
‘When we redefine public spaces, we redefine people and their thinking’ – Kelvin Cochrane
The degradation of Wetlands and Public Open Spaces reflects a history of our city Cape Town. Nature is not a given, but intermixes with society to produce socio nature. We are responsible for the environment we live in, and our socio natures reflect broader issues of power and justice in our City.
Lying on the Cape Flats, and centrally placed in Cape Town, Princess Vlei could build extensive relations and functions for multiple uses through the planning elements described below:
Khoisan Village – the dedication of this project to the heritage and culture of the Khoisan People, that they as a people indeed deserve the status of being a First Nation Community.
And attract tourist abroad to a ‘must see destination’
Craft Market- Cape Town has a traditional wealth of garment making talent and expertise, a tradition handed down through generations that produce the most fabulous garments and tailored suits.
Kids Edu Centre/Play Park – A centre where kids can learn about their environment, where parents can bring kids during school holidays for holiday programmes and have peace of mind that they are safe and well taken care of.
Memorial Centre/Khoisan Museum – A place where people can get to know the Khoisan, daily lectures will be given on the history of the Khoisan People in the Cape and elsewhere. It will be a cultural experience on Khoi life for both local communities and visitors brought to the Vlei through organised Tour Groups.
Sunset Concert Park – There are so many talented artists in our communities, who for a lack of access to facilities that are community-driven; lose the opportunity to showcase their ability and talents, and thus also lose the opportunity to further their ability into a career.
In effect Princess Vlei can be made to tell multiple stories and histories with a very contemporary relevance: How were the forces of nature appropriated by the elite to create good healthy environment for certain groups of the City, while imposing degraded environments unto others in the Cape Flats.
Princess Vlei also speaks into the future of Cape Town, of how to create a just, inclusive and ecologically vibrant city.
Unemployment in South Africa is increasing daily, resulting in more people living below the ‘breadline’. This being said – It is essential to support an integrated approach to employment and decent work that focus on investing new initiatives such as Princess Vlei Project. Endorsing this project means job creation of sufficient quality to at least lift the people chosen on this project out of poverty in a sustainable way is a step in the right direction.
Investment in this project has the potential to stimulate socially cohesive attitudes in a community faced with numerous social challenges.
In all its facets, this is once again a truly Western Cape initiative aimed at restoring pride and dignity of a marginalised community, through expanding the reach of its beautiful space beyond its geographic limitations to be an integral part of the heritage and culture sites of this country.
This Project is all about the community – serving the community that fought to keep a space of historical and social significance by developing a space they can be proud of and that can attract the respect and interest of Tourist, Politicians, Environmental Groups and Businesses.
Good public open spaces is not an afterthought, nor is it a place where shrubbery looks beautiful.
Good public open spaces require activities, and an abundance of things to see and do.
It is very hard to create a public open space that is successful, meaningful and enjoyable, it is usually something that has to be fought for and then someone has to think really hard about every detail that has be done, someone needs to have a vision. They are opportunities for commercial investment, but they are also opportunities for the common good of a city and since those two goals are often not aligned with one another, therein lies the conflict.
The change to Princess Vlei will change the image of the Southern Suburbs, change the lives of the people in the area, but most importantly it will change the image of Cape Town.
We are truly confident that this project will be of interest to you as a potential investor.
KELVIN COCHRANE – CHAIRMAN
072 510 8066 / 021- 705 1713