Imizamo Yethu

Coordinates: 34°1′S 18°21′E / 34.017°S 18.350°E / -34.017; 18.350
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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
Coordinates: 34°1′S 18°21′E / 34.017°S 18.350°E / -34.017; 18.350
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
 • Total0.57 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
 • Total15,538
 • Density27,000/km2 (71,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African91.6%
 • Coloured3.7%
 • Indian/Asian0.2%
 • White0.1%
 • Other4.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Xhosa59.5%
 • English10.7%
 • Afrikaans4.7%
 • Zulu3.4%
 • Other21.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)

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].


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 three people, destroyed 3,500 homes and displaced 15,000 people.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Imizamo Yethu". Census 2011.
  2. ^ ""imizamo yethu" "mandela park"". Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Niall Mellon Irish Township Trust | What We do | South Africa". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  4. ^ "Imizamo Yethu Settlement (Hout Bay) - 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (With Photos)".
  5. ^ Etheridge, Jenna (13 March 2017). "Rehabilitation underway after devastating Hout Bay blaze". News24. Retrieved 2017-03-13.

External links[edit]

Media related to Imizamo Yethu at Wikimedia Commons