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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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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:56:15 -0700

Residents of Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu are planning to set up foot patrols following several stabbings and murders in recent weeks. "We've called all the men to come out and actually assist people who will be going to work and look so that the people ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:45:00 -0700

Ngoy, who had been living in Imizamo Yethu, was stabbed eight times on Wednesday outside the clinic on Hout Bay's Main Road, about 100m from the police station. Three attackers robbed him of his cellphone. On Thursday a group of foreign-born Imizamo ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:37:30 -0700

Cape Town - A 16-year-old Camps Bay High pupil has become the latest victim of a series of deadly attacks that have rocked the Hout Bay township of Imizamo Yethu. Kwekwe Ngetu was outspoken and well-liked, a keen artist with ambitions of becoming a ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:22:30 -0700

Residents and community organisations have blamed youth gangs operating from Imizamo Yethu informal settlement for the murders and ongoing robberies in the area. De Villiers said: “The CPF would like to express its sincere condolences to the family and ...

The Citizen (press release) (blog)

The Citizen (press release) (blog)
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:45:00 -0700

... saying: “As a community we recognised that crime transcends all barriers and we have united in our fight against crime and this approval shows the possibilities of Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and the Valley working together on issues affecting Hout Bay.”.

Independent Online

Independent Online
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 22:44:10 -0700

Cape Town - A group of foreigners went on a manhunt in Hout Bay on Thursday, storming through the streets of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement as they sought the killers of a Congolese man. Nchikala Ngoy, 23, was stabbed eight times in the back and ...
Wed, 06 May 2015 00:30:00 -0700

There were mixed reactions at a public meeting in Imizamo Yethu last weekend when the proposed development of a new health clinic was discussed. Provincial health minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo called the meeting to find out if the community wanted ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 03:18:52 -0700

Spokesperson for the foreign national community in Imizamo Yethu, Valery Baleko, said foreigners were still “very angry” about Ngoy's murder. “We are happier now that the house is burnt down. Criminals were hiding in there after robbing our people.”.

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