Where are we
Imizamo Yethu – then and now
The residents of Imizamo Yethu comprise mainly of Xhosa speaking people originating from the Transkei in the Eastern Cape where many of their family members still reside.
Previously though, the living conditions in the shantytown were shocking. A few years ago almost all of the residents lived in small corrugated iron shacks measuring about 9ft x 9ft. Few had running water in their homes and most were forced to share outside sanitation facilities.
Irish businessman Niall Mellon has assisted in providing three hundred high-quality homes of brick being built, with promises of many more, turning the informal settlement into a permanent residential area.
Vredendal (West Coast)
The West Coast has been identified as an IDZ – Industrial Development Zone. This said, the furthest northern region of Matzikama is dependent on seasonal labour for grape harvesting and wine production as well as some wheat production. Vredendal is situated on the West Coast 350km north of Cape Town.
It is part of the Matzikama district that borders on the Oliphant River. Poverty levels are high. Psychological services in the area is very limited and the area does not have any Adolescent Development Programmes. The main service provider is the Department of Social Development whom support and is supported by a few community organizations focussing on drug addictions rehabilitations, family wellness and statutory interventions.
The Vredenal residents are predominantly Afrikaans speaking although most residents are able to speak English.
Hangberg is an area in Hout Bay, Cape Town. It was historically the township designated for people categorised as Coloured during the apartheid-era. Most of the about 6 000 people living in Hangberg self-identify as either Coloured or Khoi-san. The township is located beneath the iconic mountain, the Sentinel, and above the Hout Bay harbour. The main sources of employment are fishing, working at fish processing plants, and within the tourist industry. Afrikaans is the most commonly spoken language.
Hangberg came into prominence in national news because of a large uprising on 21 September 2010 against the removal of about 30 houses. The local Cape Town city government declared the houses illegally built on a fire break, and after prolonged negotiations decided to send the police in to tear down the houses. The South African Police Service fired rubber bullets and canisters of tear gas. Either three or four people are estimated to have lost an eye in the confrontation, and several others had minor injuries. In the following years there have been several attempts at evicting other residents who has built on the fire break.
Houses in Hangberg are a mix of council apartments and houses, privately owned houses, and informal houses. A large part of the informally-built houses are above Hangberg closest to the mountain, but many are also spread out in-between the formal housing units. There is one road for cars which goes through the area.