Understanding Hout Bay's informal settlement: Imizamo Yethu

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A large fire ravages Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay on 11 March 2017. Photo: Aletta Harrison

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Two years after fire, Hout Bay residents are crammed in disused buildings

City blames ongoing court case for delays in re-establishing settlement in Imizamo Yethu

By Ella Ndongeni - 10 June 2019
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One year after Hout Bay fire residents sit without basic services

Protesters in Imizamo Yethu demand electricity, sanitation and water

By Thembela Ntongana - 26 March 2018
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Hundreds left homeless by another fire in Hout Bay

Community members suspect arson

By Thembela Ntongana - 12 February 2018

No progress reblocking Imizamo Yethu since devastating fire

Divided community and City cannot reach agreement

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 23 November 2017
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Hangberg residents protest for better living conditions

Demonstration started when community learnt that about R100 million was being spent on nearby informal settlement

Text by Sune Payne. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 18 August 2017
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Hout Bay residents protest against reblocking

They accuse community leaders who support reblocking of corruption

By Tariro Washinyira - 15 August 2017
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Hout Bay residents agree to keep the peace

But community remains split over reblocking and several leaders have been arrested for public violence

By Thembela Ntongana - 24 July 2017
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Violence erupts in Hout Bay as City attempts to reblock

Anti-Land Invasion Unit demolishes over 50 shacks

By Zoe Postman - 20 July 2017
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Why did Hout Bay explode?

Imizamo Yethu is an example of the complexity of upgrading informal settlements

By GroundUp Staff - 11 July 2017
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Imizamo Yethu community welcomes police probe into death of protester

“We only hope that we get justice and that the community gets what he died fighting for”

By Thembela Ntongana - 6 July 2017
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Months after fire Hout Bay explodes

People from Imizamo Yethu who are in temporary shelters say the City must make good on its promises

By Thembela Ntongana - 3 July 2017
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Dozens of Hout Bay homes severely damaged in Cape storm

Some shacks that were rebuilt after the fires earlier this year blew down

By Natalie Pertsovsky and Lilly Wimberly - 7 June 2017
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Rocky start to reblocking at Imizamo Yethu

The reorganisation of the informal settlement, meant to take three months, is struggling to make progress

By Thembela Ntongana - 31 May 2017
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Another fire in Imizamo Yethu leaves one dead and 400 homeless

“I have been in this shack for two weeks and again it’s burnt”

By Bernard Chiguvare - 16 April 2017
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Mayor De Lille says Hout Bay community has given go-ahead for reblocking

But many Imizamo Yethu residents affected by last month’s fire oppose City’s plans

By Thembela Ntongana - 13 April 2017
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Fire victims in Imizamo Yethu wait to be reunited with their pets

Animal welfare group says City has let them down

By Nicholas Ashby - 7 April 2017