Mfuleni

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Mfuleni
An aerial photograph of Mfuleni in the foreground stretching to the west towards Table Mountain. Ikweze Park (on the left) and Delft (to the right) are situated beyond.
An aerial photograph of Mfuleni in the foreground stretching to the west towards Table Mountain. Ikweze Park (on the left) and Delft (to the right) are situated beyond.
Mfuleni is located in South Africa
Mfuleni
Mfuleni
 Mfuleni shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 33°59′41″S 18°40′33″E / 33.99472°S 18.67583°E / -33.99472; 18.67583Coordinates: 33°59′41″S 18°40′33″E / 33.99472°S 18.67583°E / -33.99472; 18.67583
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Government
 • Councillor Gordon Thomas (Ward 16) (DA)
Themba Honono (Ward 108) (ANC)
Area[1]
 • Total 13.46 km2 (5.20 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 52,274
 • Density 3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 95.9%
 • Coloured 3.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.2%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 85.9%
 • Afrikaans 3.4%
 • Sotho 3.0%
 • English 2.8%
 • Other 4.9%
Postal code (street) n/a
PO box 7100
Area code 021

Mfuleni is a relatively new township about 40 kilometres from Cape Town, South Africa. It is a predominantly Black township, although there are also some Coloured members of the community.

Mfuleni is a suburb of Blue Downs area and is close to the sprawling township of Khayelitsha and also next to the new suburb of Malibu. Around 52,300 people live in this township. Most were moved there from the late 1990s following flooding and fires in different townships across the Western Cape, such as Philippi, Nyanga and Khayelitsha. Hence, the mixed nature of the community here. Unemployment, HIV/AIDS and crime are some of the most pressing problems in this poor township.

Recently, the Department of Local government and Housing with its partners[2] established a new housing project which built an additional 165 houses.[3]

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