Projects planned for Princess Vlei are taking shape and progress being made.The Princess Vlei Forum works with people and organisations to protect Princess Vlei, and create a space to celebrate nature, community and heritage.The forum was launched in 2012 and their aim is to create a socio-nature space, where nature can breathe and humans can build community and connection, and celebrate Cape Town’s rich cultural heritage and diversity. The forum wants to enable people to take ownership of the space, and to start making this idea a reality and to make people aware of the issue and make our voice heardVisitors to Princess Vlei will have noticed a number of improvements recently, such as the new braai areas, new entrance and boom gate which are some of the projects that have been in the pipe line.These are part of the ongoing project by the City and the Princess Vlei Forum to transform the area in accordance with the community vision for Princess Vlei.For the past five years, the Forum has been consulting with community members to develop this vision through workshops, surveys and meetings. The Forum also has a team of architects and professional designers who are donating their time to work with the planning department of City Parks to make sure that developments are done according to the wishes of the community.Many of the improvements have been made possible by Councillor Kevin Southgate, who has allocated a large proportion of the ward budget to Princess Vlei every year. Southgate has also been instrumental in assisting the Princess Vlei Forum with leveraging other resources from the City to improve the environment and facilities at Princess Vlei. In a previous interview Southgate thanked those involved with the projects. “A Special thanks to the Princess Vlei Forum for their commitment and dedication to the project. I would like to encourage the community to continue to take ownership and responsibility for the Park that can serve as a legacy for generations to come,” says Southgate.