Glencairn Vlei and Beach Simonstown

The New Bridge

The building of the Suspended Bridge over the Els River has begun!

It is almost exactly a year ago that we put in the application to the
Rowland and Leta Hill Trust for funds for various projects in the Glencairn
Vlei.   We waited for an agonizing six or so months and then discovered we
had been awarded R40,000!   The quote we submitted to them for the Suspended
Bridge was some R69,000 and so their contribution was towards the bridge and
not for the bridge which made it all much easier to handle.   At the end of
last year we went to the opening of the Observation Platform at Die Oog in
Bergvleit which had been beautifully built by Ben Swanepool.   Christmas
took over and only in the New Year did we track him down and asked him to
quote.   Bless him, he not only quoted but we were able to afford his
quotation and now he is busy executing it.   Don’t talk to him!   He doesn’t
want to be distracted!   But just go and take a look!   We may well be able
to open it around the AGM but no promises are being given! bridge.png













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Welcome to G.E.E.S.E.

Thank you for visiting the GEESE website.

GEESE is the acronym for Glencairn Education & Environmental Support Enthusiasts, we are a group of people who are passionate about our vlei (valley) through which runs the River Els (Else) on its way into False Bay off the Cape Peninsula.
At times it seeps through a wetland (which was caused by man), only to form a river as it flows out into the sea, with water in it all the year round. The wetland was caused by the rail and road bridges over the Els River being built in the early 1900s on the Simon’s Town side of Glencairn Beach/Els Bay. This prevented the sea from flowing naturally and tidally up the river.

The wetland was declared a Nature Conservation Area by John Wiley, then MP for Simon’s Town, as is recorded on a rock where the Glen Road crosses the Els. There are a number of paths round the wetland, some being used by workers going to and from work, and all of them by walkers, many with their dogs.

We have two pans with different characteristics: the top one is the home of Moorhens who have raised two clutches this season, three lots of chicks in each, and the bottom, nearer the sea, is home for the Coots. There should be many more birds but there are two busy roads on either side which are inhibiting factors.