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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 organization based in Ireland sent volunteers to build several hundred basic homes for individuals in Imizamo Yethu.[4]

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.[5][citation needed]


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Growing up in the township of Imizamo Yethu

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Imizamo Yethu Township, Cape Town

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South African Election - Imizamo Yethu Township Polling Station - Mandela Park - Hout Bay - Ed Rice

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Walking Through Imizamo Yethu Township

Forty-five minutes south of Cape Town, South Africa is an informal settlement called Imizamo Yethu that was established in the early 1990's. The residents ca...

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Imizamo Yethu Township Tour

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228 news items

Independent Online

Independent Online
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:19:17 -0800

... in the Metro South East - Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha - adding that they needed to consider the demands of those living on the West Coast, including Atlantis, Dunoon, Doornbach, Parklands, and Imizamo Yethu near Hout Bay who did not have access ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:51:43 -0800

103 (Oranjezicht, Gardens, Civic Centre). - 105 (Sea Point, Fresnaye, Civic Centre). - 107 (Civic Centre, Camps Bay). - 108 (Hangberg, Sea Point, Adderley). - 108a (Civic Centre, Queens Beach). - 109 (Hout Bay, Imizamo Yethu, Sea Point, Adderley).
Irish Independent
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:11:34 -0700

Children outside a crèche in the township of Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town, South Africa Open Gallery 4 Children outside a crèche in the township of Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town, South Africa. A first encounter with the iPad. Playing in the township of Imizamo ...

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 ...
Independent Online
Wed, 21 Mar 2007 00:55:42 -0700

At least 2 300 households need to be relocated from Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu "now rather than later", says the City of Cape Town. If these people are not moved within the next 18 months, it says, a sustainable human settlement solution for the area ...

Rand Daily Mail

Rand Daily Mail
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:26:15 -0800

EVERY few months or so I look out of my office window across the valley and see voluminous plumes of dark smoke billowing above the settlement of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay. Sometimes at night, I wake up to the blasts of exploding gas bottles, followed ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:44:45 -0700

UCT architecture students, staff and World Design Capital have set up 'water platforms' in Imizamo Yethu, writes Michael Low. Cape Town - Imizamo Yethu (which means “our attempts” in Xhosa), is an informal settlement in Hout Bay and one of the two most ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:56:15 -0700

Anele Mhlahlo was born in Cape Town, grew up in Hout Bay Imizamo Yethu, and matriculated at Camps Bay High School. He is currently working towards his teaching/performance diploma through Trinity College of Music London, studying with Professor ...

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