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Imizamo Yethu
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 (in the Xhosa language, literally Our Struggle,[2] also purported to mean People Have Gathered,[3] and commonly known as Mandela Park[4]), 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 organization based in Ireland sent volunteers to build several hundred basic homes for individuals in Imizamo Yethu.[5]

For tourists interested in learning the every day 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.[6][citation needed]


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Times LIVE

Times LIVE
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:15:00 -0800

In the most devastating of the five fires that had broken out since Friday night, 80 people were displaced and 20 shacks were destroyed when a fire broke out at the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay. In Ravensmead, two adults and a child ...

Times LIVE

Times LIVE
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:20:33 -0800

Mhlahlo is a violinist from Imizamo Yethu, a township in Hout Bay. Commenting outside the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, where the case is being heard, Mhlahlo said his friend was not a racist. "We have been friends for many years. He shared his house ...


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:01:15 -0800

A further 12 full-sized pitches have been placed in Hout Bay, Lwandle, Site C Sports Complex, Manenberg, Blue Downs, Nomzamo, Imizamo Yethu, Westridge, Nyanga, Scottsdene, Gugulethu and Langa. In addition, four more synthetic pitches worth R20 ...

Daily Maverick

Daily Maverick
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:03:36 -0800

SANYO Chief Operating Officer Sophia Welz would argue that violinist Anele Mhlahlo, who grew up in Imizamo Yethu township in Hout Bay, and who is now resident at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the States after playing in SANYO for several years, ...
Irish Independent
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:11:34 -0700

This tin shack is one of tens of thousands of similarly built structures in Imizamo Yethu. Not surprisingly, living in such conditions is fraught with danger. After Irish volunteers with Mellon Educate visited the crèche, they walked the small distance ...
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:50:29 -0800

In the heart of scenic Hout Bay, is an informal settlement known as Imizamo Yethu. This community struggles with poverty, safety and education. As an agency, 34 has long been involved in the community, doing our small part to support the people of this ...
Daily Maverick
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0800

Anton Cartwright is the green economy Mistra Urban Futures Researcher at the African Centre Cities. Previoulsy he convened the City of Cape Town's climate change think tank. His work focuses on the application of economics to Africa's urban transition, ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 05:11:15 -0700

Sam Budhala was one of two men murdered in the township, Lesch said in a report posted on the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch website. Lesch said a morning police patrol in Imizamo Yethu had noticed a commotion and found Budhala dead in Sobukwe ...

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