The masterminds of Dressing the Princess Vlei, CAMPS plants 400 plants at Lake Road Park, Grassy Park

400 plants are currently being planted at Lake Road Park! -
CAMPS’ new branding for community parks:

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Support CAMPS, ‘When we redefine spaces, we redefine people and their thinking- a true local community organisation

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Flight of Dreams Carnival and Parade 26 September- Princess Vlei

Flight of Dreams Carnival and Parade 26 September
This is an annual event to celebrate our youth, our bird life, our community and our vlei. Teachers, youth workers, anyone old or young who wants to have fun… Join the carnival and let you creativity flow…

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CARING AND MANAGING PIUBLIC SPACES- Support the CAMPS Proposal for Princess Vlei

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PRINCESS VLEI CHECKPOINT CHASE- Saturday 29 August 10.30 to 14.00

Calling all runners, walkers, students, scholars, scouts, outdoor lovers, families…
Join us for a fun map treasure hunt run/walk around the vlei, finding as many marked checkpoints as possible in one hour! Instructions/help will be provided.

Where: Princess Vlei, Prince George Drive – meet in the parking lot.

When: 29 August 2015

Times: 10h30: Registration and briefings

11h30: Start

13h30: Prize giving

Cost: R20 per entry (individual or team, payable on the day)

Options: Novice (beginners), Intermediate (runners and experienced orienteers)

Entries due by Tuesday 25 August 2015. To enter go to

Or Email:

• Those over 12 years may participate in teams of 2 to 4.
• Younger children to be accompanied by an adult.
• Certificates for all finishers, prizes for category winners and lucky draw prizes open to all entrants.
• Food stalls available or bring your own picnic. Security provided by local Neighbourhood Watch.

Organised by the Princess Vlei Forum ( & the Peninsula Orienteering Club (

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Thursday 27 August 2015: PVF General Meeting to discuss City plans

Princess Vlei Forum

The City presented its Draft Concept Development Framework for the Greater Princess Vlei area to the public on 20 August. On 27 August, all interested are invited to a Princess Vlei Forum General meeting to discuss the plan in depth on from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm at the LOFOB Hall (Corner of Klip rd and First Rd, Grassy Park).

Zeekoevlei Times says- It’s time people supported the Peoples Plan for Princess Vlei. The ideas contained in the CAMPS Princess Vlei proposal are brilliant. Some of these should be implemented in any development plan

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Release of plans for Princess Vlei

Note to article below-
Re The organisation was initiated by the Lotus River and Grassy Park Civic Association, and other concerned community organisations to protect the Vlei from commercial development.- this is plain lies, the PVF was initiated by Kelvin Cochrane, the mastermind behind the Dressing of the Princess and a world class Princess Vlei Regeneration Proposal

Voice of the Cape

In March last year, Cape Town’s deputy Mayor Ian Neilson announced the City of Cape Town had scrapped the plans to build a mall in the Princess Vlei area. The City has since agreed that they would not sell the land and will be guided by the community on the future of area. The Princess Vlei Forum in conjunction with the City is now calling on the community to join them for an open day on Thursday 20th August to enable members of the public to view the plan and comment on it for finalization.

“We campaigned successfully against the building of shopping mall in the area and presented the City with a collection of vision for Princess Vlei that we have gathered from the community,” said Bridget Pitt, secretary of The Princess Vlei Forum. “

The City has since completed a Draft Concept Development Framework for the area as to how it could be developed, based on what the community of Princess Vlei envisions for the land.

“The Princess Vlei Forum has been motivated by important objectives which includes ensuring that the Vlei is developed and protected as a site celebrating nature and heritage. We campaigned not only to have a vision for the Vlei but also to make sure that the community is consulted in every step along the way. It is very important that we stand together for a better community and environment.”

A mandate was first given to a developer by a previous council in 1999 to pursue the rezoning of a portion of the land next to Princess Vlei. The rezoning was achieved, lapsed and was later reinstated.

“Now, 15 years later, it is evident that the idea of a shopping centre on the land is inappropriate. Our own valuation of the social value of the land surrounding Princess Vlei and its potential for enhanced social benefits has led us to the conclusion that a different vision is required for the land: a vision that we look forward to developing with our residents,” said Nielson.

The organisation was initiated by the Lotus River and Grassy Park Civic Association, and other concerned community organisations to protect the Vlei from commercial development.

“Every year we have a meeting and invite the community to vote for individuals to stand for executive. We have a number of concerned individuals and organisations by our side and has grown tremendously since establishment in 2012,” she said.

“The youth are very actively involved in saving Princess Vlei and there are many strong ideas coming from them as to what they want for the area. We therefore work closely youth and schools in and around the area…”

The Open Day will take place at the Retreat Civic Centre from 4pm- 8pm followed by a Princess Vlei Forum General Meeting to discuss the plan in depth on Thursday, 27th August from 6pm to 9pm at the LOFOB Hall (Corner of Klip rd and First Rd, Grassy Park). For more info please contact Bridget Pitt on 0216832242 or 082 462 1308.VOC (Aishah Cassiem)

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Open the link to read the CAMPS Portfolio incl Bottom Road Sanctuary, the eco-Park and Princess Vlei

‘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.

In Conclusion:
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.

Kind Regards

072 510 8066 / 021- 705 1713

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Princess Vlei sunrise

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CAMPS to host fundraiser in aid of The Peoples’ Plan for Princess Vlei


Hi Everyone!
Just informing you that BR10 EVENTS MANAGEMENT in collaboration with CAMPS ( will be hosting a fundraiser in aid of The Peoples’ Plan for Princess Vlei.
The Concept: Showcasing Hidden Talent on The Cape Flats.

Such as:
– Clothing Designers
– Creative Artists
– Musicians
– Comedians

Please contact CAMPS ON Facebook if you know of someone, who knows of someone who needs a platform like this to showcase what they do. Link

If you are a talented singer, designer, artist, comedian, and you need a platform to showcase your talent please get in contact with us for our first event on 23 Sept 2015. The winner of the singing competition will get studio time with TYT Productions! and will be able to network with like minded artist and who knows!

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