CAPE FLATS NATURE

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.