Director: George Davis
Camera: Karen Landsberg
Duration: 13min 51sec
Asieff Khan manages the False Bay Ecology Park, which is a tract of both municipal and conserved land in metropolitan Cape Town. A trip with him on his rounds shows the stark contradictions of urban nature: piles of rubbish cleared from the vlei; elegant flamingos wading in the settlement ponds of a major sewerage works; pristine fynbos vegetation in the Rondvlei Nature Reserve, separated from the poverty of an informal settlement by a concrete fence; and majestic vistas of water and birdlife against a backdrop of industry. We meet local people working in the park, and hear how working with nature has changed their lives.
We also meet Bernadine from the adjacent informal settlement of Vrygrond, who is anxious to educate local children about nature through her self-created library, and through connecting with the park's natural environment.
While dodging a hippo on a boat ride, Asieff reflects on the opportunities and challenges of managing an urban park.
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