Understanding Hout Bay's informal settlement: Imizamo Yethu

Photo of Hout Bay fire March 2017

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

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

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10 June 2019

One year after Hout Bay fire residents sit without basic services

Protesters in Imizamo Yethu demand electricity, sanitation and water

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26 March 2018

Hundreds left homeless by another fire in Hout Bay

Community members suspect arson

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12 February 2018

No progress reblocking Imizamo Yethu since devastating fire

Divided community and City cannot reach agreement

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23 November 2017

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

Hout Bay residents protest against reblocking

They accuse community leaders who support reblocking of corruption

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15 August 2017

Hout Bay residents agree to keep the peace

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

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24 July 2017

Violence erupts in Hout Bay as City attempts to reblock

Anti-Land Invasion Unit demolishes over 50 shacks

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20 July 2017

Why did Hout Bay explode?

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

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11 July 2017

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”

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6 July 2017

Months after fire Hout Bay explodes

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

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3 July 2017

Dozens of Hout Bay homes severely damaged in Cape storm

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

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7 June 2017

Rocky start to reblocking at Imizamo Yethu

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

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31 May 2017

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”

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16 April 2017

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

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13 April 2017

Fire victims in Imizamo Yethu wait to be reunited with their pets

Animal welfare group says City has let them down

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7 April 2017