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Princess Vlei
by Dr. Melanie Erasmus
22 June 2010
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Dr. M Erasmus
WYNBERG

4 May 2010


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Re: Princess Vlei

I live in Marina Da Gama and as a great freshwater fishing enthusiast and white female; I am constantly looking for safe venues to practise my hobby.

I was overjoyed when I stumbled across Princess Vlei a few months ago and even more pleased when I noticed the boards along Prince George Drive avidly displaying the slogan “Dress the Princess”. Clearly it should have been a sign that the authorities were laying emphasis on establishing public venues that are clean and hygienic to the community.

Great was my disappointment when I actually observed the state of the Vlei: rubble was scattered around with no trash bins in sight, not to mention the fish intestines and -remains polluting the water (clearly the local anglers do not follow the modern approach of “catch and release”). The smell is unbelievable!

As a mother I aim to install respect for nature in my child and firmly believe in exposing my daughter to the wonders of the creation, but from a health point of view I find it impossible to divulge in this habit.

As a tax-paying citizen I urge you to clean up the act. Provide ample rubbish bins, areas to clean fish and easily accessible toilet facilities- even if this should necessitate privatizing Princess Vlei, enclosing it and charging an entrance fee as is prevalent at Ronde Vlei.

People need to realise that sites such as these are a heritage to society in general and that we have an obligation to respect and protect it.

I hope that this request will not fall on deaf ears.

Yours sincerely

Melanie Erasmus


The following feedback was received from members of the community during SACS's investigation into the matter. Thanks to Riaan Kok for his assistance:

Reply 1:-

That sux. It’s the flippin okes that sell snoek that cause the problems.

Anyhow from my side I have created a C3 notification and sent it onto our environmental dept to investigate … it can be tracked via notification number 1001903802. I’ll look into it now and again but loaded Dr Erasmus’s details on the notification along with her letter and pics. Let’s see what the City can do … She can also give the corporate call centre in town a buzz or leave a message via the cities web site quoting the notification to illicit a response.

I work for the electricity Dept so the extent of my input is the creation and routing of the notification …

An Idea would be to encourage as many anglers as possible to use this conduit as a means of communication with the City. www.capetown.gov.za via the web site feedback or click on this link: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Pages/SiteFeedback.aspx?Source=/

Allan

Reply 2: -

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS!
There was a whole article in the paper, as they want to build houses and a shopping complex around Princess Vlei, and make it into a waterfront, so they have been neglecting the area for years.
The residents in the area do not want it to be made into a waterfront, but for it to remain the same, and be cleaned up. There is a fight going on with the municipality at the moment.

Regards,

Theresa

Conclusion: -

SACS are still busy investigating the case, hence any additional information from the community will be appreciated and should be forwarded to: info@sacarpsociety.co.za and Klokow@absamail.co.za

Princess Vlei
Princess Vlei
A large number of fish are gutted and the waste left behind in the water to rot



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