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Imizamo Yethu
Imizamo Yethu Township
Imizamo Yethu Township
Imizamo Yethu is located in South Africa
Imizamo Yethu
Imizamo Yethu
 Imizamo Yethu shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 34°1′S 18°21′E / 34.017°S 18.350°E / -34.017; 18.350Coordinates: 34°1′S 18°21′E / 34.017°S 18.350°E / -34.017; 18.350
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
 • Total 0.57 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 15,538
 • Density 27,000/km2 (71,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 91.6%
 • Coloured 3.7%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 4.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 59.5%
 • English 10.7%
 • Afrikaans 4.7%
 • Zulu 3.4%
 • Other 21.7%
Postal code (street) 7806

Imizamo Yethu (Xhosa, meaning "through our collective efforts"[2] and commonly known as Mandela Park[3]), is an informal settlement in the greater Hout Bay Valley area. The 18 hectare settlement houses approximately 33 600 people[citation needed] with little or no infrastructure for sustainable living. The settlement has dismal water facilities; there have very few toilets and no sewerage system.[citation needed] The Disa River which runs through this settlement has the highest level of e-coli bacteria that has ever been recorded in South Africa.

The community living conditions were improved by the Niall Mellon Township Trust with their People's Housing Process in 2002. This non-profit organisation based in Ireland sent volunteers to build several hundred basic homes for individuals in Imizamo Yethu.[4]

For tourists interested in learning the everyday lives of people in IY (the local name for the township), residents provide tours of the preschool, day care, barber shop, auto shop, orphanage, grocery store and local pub. For a small fee, they can answer any questions and introduce you to many of the wonderful people that call this place their home. Many locals will also warmly invite tourists into their homes where they sell beautiful hand-made bead work and jewelry.[5][citation needed]


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402 news items

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:31:53 -0700

Imizamo Yethu residents take drastic measures to restore order. Residents of the informal settlement in Hout Bay confiscated weapons from suspected gang members. Guns & bullets. Picture: sxc.hu. FILE: They have vowed to patrol the area every night ...

Rand Daily Mail

Rand Daily Mail
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 04:03:45 -0700

Earlier this week, a group of 40 or more youths, members of various gangs active in Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu informal settlement, handed in their weapons and publicly vowed to end their involvement in crime and instead get involved in skills ...

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:01:45 -0700

CAPE TOWN – Community leaders in Imizamo Yethu say despite a lull in violent crime in the area, patrols will continue to maintain order. It appears gangs in the area who have been feuding for weeks, have called a truce of sorts. In recent weeks there ...

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:18:45 -0700

CAPE TOWN - Hout Bay's Community Policing Forum said they do not suspect foul play in last night's fire in Imizamo Yethu, which claimed the lives of three people and left seven others displaced. #ShackFire The structures are situated directly opposite ...


Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:16:37 -0700

JOHANNESBURG – Gang violence has erupted in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay resulting in people seeking refuge at the police station. There have been reports of stabbings on Monday evening with a handful of young males being the casualties. The violence ...
Independent Online
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:48:45 -0700

The Hout Bay Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson JJ de Villiers said no crime from Imizamo Yethu had been reported at Hout Bay Police Station for the past two weeks. “The gangs are no more. After the boys handed themselves over we have had ...


Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:18:45 -0700

... on Thursday, the Department of Human Settlements committed to empowering the area's youth in a bid to stem the violence. But the Imizamo Yethu Youth Development Forum believes the next step now is to empower the youth in order to decrease crime.

Independent Online

Independent Online
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0700

He was too scared to enter Imizamo Yethu, which regularly runs township tours as a source of income for its residents. The teen admitted to being involved in escalating violence carried out by young panga-wielding gangsters in Imizamo Yethu. Last week ...

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