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Vrygrond is a socially and economically disadvantaged community of some 12,000 men, women and children, situated near Muizenberg, on the False Bay coast about 20 kilometres from central Cape Town. It is the oldest informal settlement in the Western Cape with Trek fishermen who made a living from the sea having erected informal houses to live near the beach. Since then the people of Vrygrond has faced many obstacles and hardships to remain in the area and though determination and strength of will, they managed to erect 1600 new houses, a crèche, a library and a primary school in 2008.
Informal settlements in South Africa
Informal settlements, also called Townships, are a collection of informal housing structures set up on Council Land and houses an estimated 1.2 to 2.4 million South African households. The informal settlements are often “illegal” as they are set on public land and private property and with a dense population they lack access to basic water and sanitary services.
THE OLDEST INFORMAL SETTLEMENT