Imizamo Yethu

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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 is located in South Africa
Imizamo Yethu
Imizamo Yethu
Imizamo Yethu is located in Africa
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
Area[1]
 • 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 "Our Efforts" and commonly known as Mandela Park or IY[2]), is an informal settlement in the greater Hout Bay Valley area. The 18 hectare settlement houses approximately 33 600 people.[citation needed].

Infrastructure[edit]

The settlement is lacking important infrastructure: minimal water supply, 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.[3]

Tourism industry[edit]

Residents provide tours of the preschool, day care, barber shop, auto shop, orphanage, grocery store and local pub. Many locals will also invite tourists into their homes where they sell hand-made bead work and jewellery.[4]

2017 fire[edit]

On 11 and 12 March 2017, a large section of Imizamo Yethu was devastated by fires that killed 3 people, destroying 3,500 homes and displacing 15,000 people.[5]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Imizamo Yethu at Wikimedia Commons