Welcome to Cape Flats Nature

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They do this through providing beautiful spaces for physical exercise and spiritual connection, opportunities for social development projects, outdoor classroom for environmental education and employment through nature based initiatives.

The apartheid government was notorious for its programme of forced removals. In Cape Town people who were classified non- white were moved from their homes in and around the city and suburbs beneath Table Mountain to the Cape Lowlands, popularly known as the Cape Flats.

This area is some distance from the city centre, its infrastructure, services and job opportunities . Hence the project was named Cape Flats Nature The project was created as a planning and facilitating pioneering partnership project for all those people in need, the objectives for phase 2 recognised that practice can be spread in at least two ways.

Institutionally, by working with City Nature Conservation and other relevant institutions to develop an approach to learning through practice across sites; and spatially, by developing new sites.

Growing together- thinking and practice of urban nature conservators

The Cape Flats Nature book “Growing together – thinking and practice of urban nature conservators” is a culmination of eight years experience in the partnership with input from other agencies and individuals.
Read more about the book or download the chapters here.

The next Cape Flats Nature experiment is under development. We are exploring will catalyse co-ordination in socio-ecological areas of connectivity, drawing new partners into integrated biodiversity management and demonstrating that human well being is improved through taking care of biodiversity in Cape Town. Build good practice in the management of its 6 partnership sites; Develop and encourage local leadership for conservation action that benefits surrounding communities;

CFN’s offices and its team are based at the Edith Stephens Wetland Park along Lansdowne Road in Phillipi. The CFN is a small team consisting of 5 members who are Paula is passionate about nature and learning from practice and she is responsible for making sure that we all grow and develop in our work. Her role as Project Manager involves: ensuring the project meets its commitments; facilitating the exploration and growth of the practice of doing conservation in a way that contributes to community development; and making sure that we do everything in a way that is transparent and accountable and aligns with SANBI policy and processes. Ntsiki has worked in local government as well as within the NGO/ CBO sectors. She brings to Cape Flats Nature her experience of working with various communities, as well as public and stakeholder relations. Marilyn started with the project in December 2003, responsible for the administrative and financial aspects. Her background in working with other community organisations, created the platform for hone her administrative and financial skills.

Having completed a B.A. degree at the University of the Western Cape and varous other courses with C Masters Development Services, including Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers, Pastel and Building useful.He joins Cape Flats Nature armed with a National Diploma in Horticulture received at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

What you will love about Cape Flats Nature

One of the most interesting nature reservations in South Africa are the Cape Flats, which are a flat area close to Cape Town. The area is known as 'The Flats' to the locals and it is interesting because of its unique nature and opportunities it offers in such an urban area.
But this 30 hectare area is slowly getting smaller and smaller because of the urbanization and it is recorded that this nature reservation has the world's highest plant extinction rate. Although it is a private area, the Cape Flats are under the administration of the University of the Western Cape. They record and track the wildlife there, check if there are new species or if anything else has changed. What you will actually find amazing about this area is that there are about 220 indigenous plant species and more than 85 recorded bird species here. What a wonderful place it is to visit and enjoy this kind of nature that can't be found anywhere else.
But the region can offer much more than only an opportunity to get there and enjoy and see the nature, it can be a place where ecological teaching and environmental education takes place. It is just like made for that, because it is still amazing but slowly disappearing and changing in a bad way. But there are hopes that people will realize that there should be put a limit and that people should invest in this region because of its touristic potential. Since this nature reservation is in the neighborhood of Cape Town, you can easily find an Escort on and take it there to see the beautiful nature and enjoy the sunset together in this nature jewel of the African continent.

The nature is fighting back

One would not expect to see that much green area in Africa and not even in South Africa, but there is this beautiful nature reservation, called the Cape Flats where one can feel the strength of the floral world and learn and see how people can destroy such a beautiful region. But not everything is lost, there is hope and many, including the University of Western Cape, believe that things will turn for the best and that the government will take certain steps, soon, in order to preserve this nature reservation and make enough space for all the floral and faunal species to continue living together and making their population bigger.
There is an open invitation to all the school nearby and those that are far away, to come and make their nature, environment and ecology classes here, to teach and show the children what bad influence can do to a nature reservation. But the nature can fight back and it is strong and beautiful and before all - we need it, so raise awareness and make the urbanization stop in order to remain the nature and floral diversity of that place.
What the Cape Flats natural reservation made this small and endangered are the people moving here and making their settlements, and what once was a big nature reservation full of diversity and beauty is now only 15% of it. Let's hope that things will  get better for the Cape Flats and Cape Town.