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Imizamo Yethu
Imizamo Yethu Township
Imizamo Yethu Township
Imizamo Yethu is located in Western Cape
Imizamo Yethu
Imizamo Yethu
 Imizamo Yethu shown within Western Cape
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 who 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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Imizamo Yethu Township Tours

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Derick Petersen, Imizamo Yethu Secondary School

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Growing up in the township of Imizamo Yethu

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Imizamo Yethu residents say ex-cons stir up gang activity

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A life in ashes: One Imizamo Yethu woman's story

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Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 03:51:32 -0800

The Hout Bay informal settlement was struck by yet another devastating fire that razed 60 dwellings. Residents of the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay, Cape Town, help to clear the rubble on 28 December 2015 after a fire ripped through a ...

South African Broadcasting Corporation

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:11:15 -0800

People clear the land where their homes used to be in Imizamo Yethu. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong. Imizamo Yethu was beset by fire on Monday afternoon, this time leaving about 240 people homeless. On Tuesday morning, residents whose homes were ...

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 07:21:48 -0800

CAPE TOWN - A fire that ripped through Imizamo Yethu this afternoon has been contained. City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Theo Layne says it's still unclear how many structures have been damaged in the fire. Around two dozen ...

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Sun, 27 Dec 2015 03:17:12 -0800

CAPE TOWN - Disaster Risk Management officials have started assessing the damage caused by a fire that ripped through Imizamo Yethu where one life was lost and at least 1,000 people left homeless. The blaze broke out in the Hout Bay informal ...


Fri, 01 Jan 2016 06:06:49 -0800

Cape Town - Residents of Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu settlement were slowly getting their lives back on track thanks to the generosity of neighbours and strangers, a community worker said on Friday. "Hout Bay may have its internal bunfights, but like a ...

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:22:51 -0800

Rebuilding of shacks continue in Imizamo Yethu. One person died & several others were displaced when a blaze ripped through the area last weekend. Residents of the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay, Cape Town, help to clear the rubble on ...


Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:23:51 -0800

Cape Town - A fire spread through Imizamo Yethu informal settlement at about noon on Thursday. Over 200 people have been left homeless, after more than 30 shacks burnt. A strong wind caused the fire to spread rapidly. No injuries have been reported.

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:39:37 -0800

Nearly 400 people have been displaced after a fire tore through the Hout Bay township earlier today. Traffic was backed up in Hout Bay and access to Imizamo Yethu restricted after a fire tore through the settlement Fire trucks line the main road ...

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