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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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30 news items

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 ...
Eyewitness News
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:33:45 -0700

Over 200 people have been left homeless after a fire swept through the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN. Multimedia. Previous line. Next line. The City of Cape Town is assisting 90 families rebuilding their shacks ...

South African Broadcasting Corporation

South African Broadcasting Corporation
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:33:45 -0700

The City of Cape Town says it's providing food parcels and building materials to more than 200 displaced people at the Imizamo Yethu Informal Settlement in Hout Bay. More than 60 shacks were gutted in a fire on Thursday. Affected residents have spent ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:50:52 -0700

The school caters for some 1,200 children from the nearby Imizamo Yethu Township in Cape Town. The Fogarty family – husband and wife Jerry and Margaret, and daughter Sarah – from Galmoy, are currently working on the project. Their son David (21) – an ...
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:48:31 -0700

Based on good responses to the initiative in Gugulethu and Langa, the Maboneng Township Arts Experience was launched in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay last month. Here the initiative collaborates with the Lalela Project, which uses the arts to interact with ...
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:45:00 -0700

In February, Cape Town launched the MyCiTi link between Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and Hout Bay and the city centre, while last month the city extended the main route to Dunoon. Atlantis, 40km north of Cape Town's central business district, was ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:15:55 -0700

NIall Mellon hand over 1.jpg. Irish volunteers Dorothy and Malachy Toman from Lurgan Co Armagh with two pupils at the opening of the Oranjekloof primary school Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town which they helped refurbish. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:03:13 -0700

The volunteers – from across Ireland – are working on a major refurbishment and construction project on a school in Cape Town, South Africa. The school is situated next to the sprawling Imizamo Yethu Township in Cape Town, South Africa. CHARITY Mellon.

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