Imizamo yethu township cape town south africa youtube. Yet life in imizamo yethu is as lively as death is peaceful. When we tried to get off the bus, the driver kindly. The schools emis number is 118042 and postal address is po box 2092, george, 6530.
The library had been closed for six months when groundup first reported it in august 2016. While small businesses drinking establishments, hair salons, vegetable stalls, herbal doctors have sprouted up, unemployment in the settlement may be as high as 75. Imizamo yethu township is located in hout bay adjacent to middle and upper class hout bay neighborhoods. Imizamo yethu iy is an informal settlement in the greater hout bay valley area in cape town. Imizamo yethu is an informal settlement in the greater hout bay valley area. In addition the centre advocates and acts as a referral system for the parents. Visitors can do a free walking tour of the area with city sight seeing if they take the city sight seeing bus to this area. If youre going to read any history book this year read this one. A 40minute tour of the imizamo yethu township introduces guests to the many cultures that call cape town home.
When she moved to hout bay for work she was inspired to connect with other mothers in imizamo yethu who were interested in opening their homes to host visitors. Together with mhinti, mirriam, and kunji, impilo yethu was born. Imizamo yethu library closed for repairs for two years and. The rustic and informal settlement houses about 33,000 people, many of whom live in metal shacks.
Houtbaai dutch word meaning wood bay was named by the dutch settlers while they explored the bay behind table mountain. Hi is it possible to book a township tour of imizamo yethu in the morning of wednesday february 21, 2018 without going through the hop on hop off bustour company. The main informal settlement in the hout bay area, imizamo yethu, is situated within a community consisting of both affluent and middle income citizens. Buyers frequently shie away from areas alongside imizamo yethu like penzance estate but change their minds when they discover that it has one of the lowest crime rates in hout bay. Progress and development often also have its negative affects on a society and imizamo yethus residents are also not spared in this regard. The squatters patchwork shacks sit in the midst of the white. The initial response to imizamo yethu was not favourable. This classic national bestseller is a good text to start with, as it provides a pretty thorough and balanced account of american history, thats told from the side of the oppressor. Imizamo yethu library has been closed for six months. In march 2017, the worst shack fire in cape towns history killed four people, razed more than 3,500 shacks and left 15,000 people homeless.
If we saw her twice a year, it was a lot, said abrahams. As we get off the bus, were met by our guide, a beautiful, enterprising woman who lives in imizamo yethu. At that time, by chance, i met a man who ran tours in the south west townships near johannesburg. Jul 09, 2012 imizamo yethu allows guests to experience the natural zest for life, spirit and diverse culture of the township with tours through khayelitsha. Before our last day in cape town, someone suggested us to see imizamo yethu settlement. Watch nyda executive chairperson, sifiso mtsweni addresses learners from imizamo yethu secondary school in george, western cape, on the voter registration and education campaign. This ramshackle settlement clinging to a rock escarpment is made up of small brick houses, corrugatedaluminum shacks and leantos constructed from old shipping pallets. Jan 21, 2018 a peoples history of the united states by howard zinn. Imizamo yethu township tour city sightseeing cape town.
The drawing of the prizes took place during the launch event. How a township tour can reveal the beating heart of south africa. Join imizamo yethu to have stories and experiences from the township to share for years to come. There are also opportunities for social tourism as volunteers in numerous projects around khayelitsha.
The initial response to imizamo yethu was not favourable, and residents of hout bay. The view of imizamo yethu from the suburb below, hout bay, is also extraordinary, if for different reasons. Imizamo yethu xhosa, meaning our efforts and commonly known as mandela park or iy, is an informal settlement in the greater hout bay valley area. The informal settlement is on the atlantic ocean side of the cape peninsula and is situated between the vlakkensberg mountains on the east and the karbonkelberg mountains on the west, see fig. Here you can find wonderful locals ready to tell their stories. The relationship between settlement density and informal. There is a protected harbor at one end of the valley, which is one of the busiest fishing harbors in the western cape, along with several wealthy housing estates, hotels, and small farms. Jul 18, 2016 many residents in hangberg and imizamo yethu were dismissive of incumbent ward councillor marga haywood.
The township of imizamo yethu is situated in the picturesque seaside suburb of hout bay in cape town. Imizamo yethu wikimili, the free encyclopedia wikimili, the free en. The recent history of hout bay demonstrates that the former squatters and current imizamo yethu residents, while seemingly an anomaly of povertystricken black africans living in a wealthy white suburb, have actually migrated to the area for the purpose of employment. The first settlement of imizamo yethu, established in 1991 has a long history of fire 18. Our guide, a local woman known to everybody as sylvia, gave us an insightful introduction into the history and people of imizamo yethu before leading us through the area, popping in at local shops and visiting the church that doubles as a. Watch star wars daisy ridley reads childrens book about adorable robot bb8 the actress joins many celebs in lockdown reading childrens stories to help kids and parents get through staying. For this purpose two settlements, namely imizamo yethu hout bay and joe. First, there is the longstanding history of struggle over the development vision for imizamo yethu, especially over the 16 hectares that lie along hout bay road at the lowest edge of the settlement. Imizamo yethu translates, i learn later, as our combined efforts. Imizamo yethu township tours runs tours for local and international tourists within the western cape, south africa, focussing on. Dont forget that imizamo yethu tours is now imzu tours, covering langa and khayelitsha. Imizamo yethu is a haven for entrepreneurs who are willing to try just about anything out to do business and make a small profit. Township tour with a difference whats on in cape town.
The township of imizamo yethu was established in 1991 in cape towns wealthy suburb hout bay, which was deemed a white area under the 1953 group areas act during apartheid. The political economy of the taxi industry in imizamo yethu, hout bay 4 however, this conclusion is premature and partial for several reasons. Ewn reporter monique mortlock reflects on her coverage of the imizamo yethu that left 15 000 people displaced in march 2017. Its beautiful heavily wooded valley became the main source of timber for the building and repairs of ships and also for buildings such as the castle of good hope. Edition book last year, during part of our photo shoot around cape town, south africa, we spent a few days in the imizamo yethu township. Hout bay image source houtbaai wood bay was named by the dutch settlers while they explored the bay behind table mountain. Hout bay is like a microcosm of south africa, with a wealthy, mainly white community, living alongside the black community in imizamo yethu and another coloured community in the township of hangklip near the harbour. Jul 06, 2017 imizamo yethu community leaders feel let down by the city of cape town. Imizamo yethu, is an informal settlement in hout bay. The imizamo yethu community is well within a three kilometre radius of the hout bay library, she said. Imizamo yethu main place, city of cape town, south africa. William and harry have a secret stepsister but theres a good reason why shes kept hidden duration. Imizamo yethu s lungisa bazile says residents are waiting for the mayor to address them on why superblocking is not on. City sightseeing imizamo yethu township tour city pass.
We have our own car so we do not need the hop on hop off service. Now both groups reside with the 2,000 blacks who live in a squatter camp called imizamo yethu through our collective efforts. A planned redesign of imizamo yethu settlement in hout bay by the city of cape town has had to be put on hold following two separate legal challenges. Hout bay has been a conflict zone since its ratepayers association obtained an interdict that prevented imizamo yethu residents building shacks or developing any other structure on a 16ha site. In the first days of july, hout bay was at times cut off from cape town when hundreds of residents of the imizamo yethu informal settlement cut down trees and. Imizamo yethu high school in george, sponsored by blitsdruk george. Allowed to build their homes and small businesses here, the community grew into a thriving township. Fire spread analysis for the 2017 imizamo yethu informal. Hout bays history and character can indeed be linked. City bosses have appealed to a group of disgruntled imizamo yethu residents to cooperate with the municipalitys reconstruction efforts. Anchoring imizamo yethu, hout bay university of cape town. Despite the cold weather more than 50 children attended the evening during which. A total of 2194 informal dwellings were destroyed, and over. Relations between the residents of hout bay and those of imizamo yethu have been strained for several years following the national elections in 1994 and 1999.
Imizamo yethu fire is the worst in our history city. It was originally designed to accommodate 3000 people with a plan to. The building comprises fourteen steel shipping containers arranged in a ushape covered by a single steel roof fixed to the containers, creating a central hall capable of. Hout bay manor hout bay museum hout bay river hout bays imizamo yethu ivan mitfordbarberton jacob jimmy. Please, please visit imizamo yethu incredible experience. The daily vox visited imizamo yethu to speak to residents about their concerns. Imizamo yethu has a population of roughly 14,000 residents, who are mainly xhosa speaking. Mayoral committee member for area north, councillor suzette little told groundup that standard library guidelines state that access to a library should be within a five kilometre radius, and 80% of people should have access to a library within a three kilometre radius. The taxi fare from imizamo yethu to the hout bay library is r12 return. Here on a muddy slope, people live their lives in huts, sheds, and houses built from what they find and get for free. At the cusp of the apartheid era, the local authorities stepped in and set aside land where the dwellers could set up their homes. In 1989, local government declared a section of hout bay land for informal residents, many of whom were xhosaspeaking people from the eastern cape.
And it has the advantage of being northfacing, unlike the homes on the opposite side of the valley which face south onto the township. History has taught us that social scientists and environmental. Imizamo yethu township tours, cape town, south africa. Imizamo yethu secondary school is a state school located at ngcakani road, western cape province, south africa. Mar, 2017 cape town a humanitarian crisis ensued in imizamo yethu in hout bay, as thousands of people queued to be registered following the devastating fire, which left them homeless and a family of. The experience of getting to know her host family and living in langa for over a year was life changing. Imizamo yethu community leaders feel let down by the city of. City of cape towns planned redesign of imizamo yethu on hold. Imizamo yethu settlement hout bay 2020 all you need to. Media in category imizamo yethu the following 12 files are in this category, out of 12 total. First, as an example of resilience measurement study using qualitative method, harte et al. The library in imizamo yethu, hout bay, has been closed for two years.
Imizamo yethu, hout bay south african history online. Oct 18, 2009 our guide, a local woman known to everybody as sylvia, gave us an insightful introduction into the history and people of imizamo yethu before leading us through the area, popping in at local shops and visiting the church that doubles as a community centre and the base for an ongoing craft project. On 11 march a devastating fire in imizamo yethu left several thousand people homeless. City of ct appeals for cooperation in rebuilding imizamo yethu.
On 11 march 2017, a large fire ravaged through the imizamo yethu informal settlement in cape town, south africa, killing four people. Hout bay is a picturesque valley about 15km south of cape town, situated between several mountains. Top things to do in hout bay, cape town jetsetting fools. We took the blue line of city sightseeing tour and first we visited the botanical garden, then the world of birds and finally this place. South africa cape town imizamo yethu township 15879095023. Also, i tried emailing the penhout email listed on the trip advisor page but the email did not work.
Imizamo yethu means our common effort in the xhosa language. Imizamo yethu residents complain of corruption, nepotism in. Imizamo yethu township tour tour description after your tour, visit the original tbag designs workshop and meet the team of women who turn teabags into curios. The library in imizamo yethu has been closed for six months leaving residents no choice but to walk or pay for a taxi to the library in hout bay.
Our encounters with the colorful habitants moved us, so we just had to compile tobias regells photos of all the wonderful personalities. It spreads rapidly because homes are built close together, often less than one metre apart. The 18 hectare settlement houses approximately 33 600 people. Imizamo yethu and hout bay on the cape peninsula, western cape. The drunk and jobless world tour getting wasted in exotic places.
Visit our new facebook page imzu tours or better yet, come and experience one of our tours. With the arrival of more residents, including refugees from other african countries, imizamo yethu is today considered by some as a fullyfledged suburb of hout bay. Imizamo yethu iy is comprised of both a designated housing area and an informal settlement area, which is largely comprised of small shack dwellings which stretch up. In its 25 year history, imizamo yethu has frequently been ravaged by fire, generally for the same reasons.
It was one of the worst shack fires in recent history in the western cape, but it was neither the first nor the last in hout bay. The settlement is lacking important infrastructure. Imizamo yethu secondary school in thembalethu, george. The informal settlement was established in the early 1990s when 450 families who had been squatting in shacks around hout bay were moved to this new area on. During a visit in south africa earlier this year, i visited imizamo yethu, a township in hout bay valley, a seaside suburb of cape town i was first in south africa in 1993, just months before nelson mandela was sworn in as president. Imizamo yethu rests on a mountainside, just north of hout bay.
There are also numerous organisations, like imizamo yethu tours, which offer township tours, who support khayelitsha through social tourism. Come and experience our interactive and exciting township of imizamo yethu. At the time belinda walker, mayoral committee member for community services, said the library was temporarily closed due to structural issues and that it would be reopened once the structural issues roof have. Preacherturnedjournalists mission to tell the stories. Township life in imizamo yethu sophies world travel. Imizamo yethu means through struggle we achieve in xhosa, the main language spoken by the townships residents. With an experienced and entertaining guide, guest will explore a wellknown township where informal housing is intertwined with small establishments such as pubs called shebeens, hair salons, markets and food stalls boasting. Imizamo yethu secondary school in thembalethu, george, western cape imizamo yethu secondary school is a public secondary school.178 1005 540 1263 1557 142 664 1156 630 508 1365 11 1069 1107 1256 718 1230 290 1127 1101 1398 631 1178 381 1425 620 855 1224 1431 1451 1060 636 926