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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 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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Eyewitness News
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:33:45 -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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Eyewitness News
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:31:31 -0800

Imizamo Yethu residents receive aid following devastating fire. Nearly 400 people are being housed in community halls after the blazed gutted their homes yesterday. Imizamo Yethu residents guard what's left of their belongings after a fire tore through ...


Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:15:00 -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.
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 04:56:15 -0800

Imizamo Yethu residents who fell victim to a fire that razed numerous shacks and left families homeless a week ago are busy rebuilding their homes after getting some assistance from the City of Cape Town. Shacks belonging to South Africans and ...

Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:47:34 -0800

... through Alexandra in northern Johannesburg. Imizamo Yethu residents guard what's left of their belongings after a fire tore through the settlement. FILE: Imizamo Yethu residents guard what's left of their belongings after a fire tore through the ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 14:22:30 -0700

FOLLOWING a spate of killings, robberies and acts of vigilantism at Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, deputy police minister Maggie Sotyu has met with associations, community police forums (CPFs) and residents to urge them not to take the law into their own ...
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:48:45 -0800

Seeing how many unemployed young people there are in Imizamo Yethu informal settlement, Moustapha Fall, originally from Senegal, decided to teach them craft skills. Fall, who is 40, left Senegal for Spain in 2006. He is a trained industrial designer ...


Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:48:28 -0700

Mandisa Qwesha teaching children in her afternoon session at Silikamva High School. Photo by Masixole Feni. Cape Town - “When I finish school, I want to be in a ballet skirt and do ballet for a big crowd,” says 6-year-old Anathi Dakuse from Imizamo ...

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