Heal the vlei

Charna de Wet

The Princess Vlei Forum invited the community to help to repair, replant, and reflect, at Princess Vlei, on Saturday May 22.

They said the event was held after a contractor hired by the City of Cape Town to clear water hyacinth caused major damage to the Princess Vlei shoreline and destroyed one of the forum’s newly-established restoration sites.

Plants that were destroyed included the critically endangered serruria foeniculaceum and Erica verticillate. Over 174 metres of shoreline grass, bulrushes and other vegetation were destroyed.

Southern Mail asked the City to comment, but they did not respond, at the time of publication.

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