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  • Title: Masicorp - Partners in Education and Enterprise - Masiphumelele South Africa
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. What we do.. Overview.. Early Childhood development(ECD).. Primary Education.. Secondary Education.. University and Further Education.. Business Enterprise.. Community and Lifelong Learning.. Masiphumelele Library.. Where we work.. Location.. About Masiphumelele.. About Us.. Our Team.. Our History.. Our Video.. Legal.. Get Involved.. Volunteer.. Fundraise.. Contact.. Donate.. Masicorp.. Partners in Education and Enterprise.. Masiphumelele - South Africa.. Find out more.. Early childhood development.. Seedlings –.. Nurturing pre-school children.. Primary Education.. Learning Labs –.. Helping teachers to teach.. and pupils to learn.. Secondary Education.. High Hopes –.. Providing additional learning opportunities.. University, college and further education.. Bright futures –.. Supporting students.. Community lifelong learning.. Education.. – the route out of poverty.. Business enterprise.. Made in Masi –.. Supporting entrepreneurs to create jobs.. and build businesses.. Masicorp - partners in education and enterprise.. Masicorp works for the people of Masiphumelele township, where more than 38,000 people still live disadvantaged and poor by the legacy of apartheid.. Masicorp always asks the community where and how they need support from us; we never propose a solution before we research and properly understand their needs.. In every area of our work, we have found, from their response, that the residents of Masiphumelele want a hand up, not a handout.. We help through education — the surest route out of poverty.. Our education projects, for pre-school to adult learners, are now our main work.. We also support community entrepreneurs in developing their own small businesses.. We've been established in Masiphumelele since 1999.. Our work makes a real  ...   to teach and pupils to learn.. Masicorp has an excellent relationship with Ukhanyo Primary School, which takes all 1,600 of the township’s children aged 6 to 14.. ‘High Hopes’ – providing additional learning opportunities.. Masicorp has identified science and particularly mathematics as subject areas where pupils at Masiphumelele High School struggle the most.. ‘Bright futures’ – supporting students.. Masicorp offer both financial and mentoring support to students from Masiphumelele who wish to undertake courses at local universities/colleges.. Starting from just three students in 2009 we now have 19 students enrolled on degree courses ranging from Accounting to Biotechnology.. 'Made in Masi' – supporting entrepreneurs to create jobs and build businesses.. Establishing a successful business can be tough at the best of times, so Masicorp’s support in this area focuses on the critical success factors.. ‘Education – the route out of poverty.. Many adults in Masiphumelele have not had the advantage of good schooling so Masicorp provides funding and teaching staff to help them gain the skills they need to get jobs or start their own business.. Life is tough in Masiphumelele.. Ulibali - This is our story.. Donate Now.. Mission.. To work with the people of Masiphumelele, and key partners, offering opportunities through education and enterprise to help residents progress out of poverty towards a sustainable livelihood.. Informed.. Stay up-to-date - get our latest news by email.. Get Updates.. NEWS.. Our Blog.. Facebook.. Latest Newsletter.. News Archive.. Latest tweets.. Tweets by @MasiTweets.. Want to help.. Leave a legacy.. Copyright Masicorp 2014..

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  • Title: Masicorp - what we do - our projects in Masiphumelele
    Descriptive info: WHAT WE DO.. Masicorp works for the people of the Masiphumelele township, which is home to a community of more than 38,000 people disadvantaged by the historical legacy of apartheid and poverty.. Our approach has been to ask the community where and how they need support and, from this, we know the residents want a hand up not a handout.. All agree that.. education  ...   have many projects and programmes that are making a real difference to the lives of people in the township.. Our work is made possible by our team of over 60 volunteers who give their time and talents, and by donors from South Africa, America, the UK and elsewhere.. We have 25 active projects and programmes and you can learn more by clicking the links below..

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  • Title: Masicorp - Seedlings Project ECD in Masiphumelele
    Descriptive info: ‘Seedlings’ – Early CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT.. – nurturing pre-school children.. This is considered by experts to be the most crucial stage in life, a stage that has more influence on the future well-being and learning prospects of an individual than any other.. The.. Seedlings.. project is an initiative aiming to raise the standards of Early Childhood Development (ECD) provision for all children in Masiphumelele.. Based on the findings from research and consultations with the community Seedlings takes a participatory approach to addressing ECD and a rights-based approach asserting that all children have a right to a clean, safe and stimulating learning environment.. Warm clothes make learning so much easier.. engages all key stakeholders, including the Department of Social Development (DSD), the City of Cape Town (local authority), learning providers, community NGOs, pre-school principles, and the wider community.. The partners work towards a common, holistic goal of: improving the standard of all facilities; provision of staff training; improving health/nutrition; and getting facilities registered with the DSD to receive financial subsidies.. Our.. project is working to help provide decent quality pre-school education for the 2500 township children aged 1 to 6.. With the help of our volunteers and fundraisers we have made great progress, but more remains to be done.. A bit of history.. Even now the standard of the 20+ crèches (daycare facilities) in Masiphumelele varies dramatically.. They can be seen as being in three main categories:.. •.. Registered.. crèches meet all the standards and norms for registration and are fully registered with the DSD (Department of Social Development) and in receipt of subsidies;.. Unregistered.. crèches meet most of the standards and norms for registration, in particular building standards, but for various reasons are not registered with the Department of Social Development (DSD);.. Informal.. crèches may meet some of the standards and norms but would require significant investment in order to get registered, in particularly significant improvements to facilities in order to meet the building standards.. For example many are run from shacks which could never meet the fire regulations.. Our aim is to get Masiphumelele's 20+ daycare facilities up to 'registered' status as possible, making them viable and sustainable micro-enterprises.. Our progress to date:.. Masincedisane Pre-School  ...   laptop computer, class furniture, educational materials and teacher training.. Great Progress at Masi Educare Pre-School.. The City of Cape Town has given Masicorp the remit to make the Masi Educare pre-school which is housed in the old farmhouse at the centre of Masiphumelele into a sustainable facility.. The initial work has involved refurbishing the old farmhouse to act as a central core for the finished project.. Currently activities take place within the farmhouse but ultimately a series of classrooms will be constructed around the building in an area that is currently vacant.. This is a task that would not be possible without our generous overseas funders.. A huge sum of US$200,000 has been donated from personal contacts of Jane Phillipi and John and Carol Thompson, the founders of Masicorp who now reside back home in the United States.. A smaller contribution of 13,000 pounds sterling has been collected from our partners, the Torquay Rotary Club, in the UK and a further 30,000 Euros is arriving from fund raisers in the Netherlands, the Dutch non-profit organization.. Stichting Ibhongo.. Training provided for staff in Masiphumelele daycare facilities.. The key to making Masiphumelele’s crèches sustainable is to get them registered with the Department of Social Development (DSD) so that a government subsidy can be received for each child.. Registration is not just a matter of improved infrastructure.. The DSD require the staff at each crèche to be fully qualified before they will consider registration.. This is fully understandable but is a problem in Masiphumelele where many crèches are run by well-meaning but unqualified mothers from the community.. To address this Masicorp has recently started a new initiative to train the teachers at selected crèches.. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with the.. Unlimited Child.. NGO with Nadia Lubowski from.. The Anton Lubowski Educational Trust.. doing the teacher training.. We are also collaborating with the.. Montessori Foundation.. and the.. Center for Creative Education.. on staff training.. Take a Look.. Check out the images below to see some of our achievements, and how things were before we started work.. Our blog.. has the latest updates!.. Gallery.. Popular Posts.. Masincedisane Pre-School Re-opens on Mandela Day.. Great Progress at Masi Educare..

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  • Title: Masicorp - Primary School Education in Masiphumelele
    Descriptive info: Our involvement has included both improvements to the physical infrastructure through an ongoing makeover project and building teaching capacity.. With Masicorp’s assistance the school has developed science facilities that are a benchmark for township schools.. The model developed to improve science teaching has been extended to English and computing with dedicated teaching facilities and classroom assistance.. Many teachers are not confident and proficient in English and, although initial teaching is given in Xhosa, all teaching in later years is delivered in English and this can be a difficult transition for both students and staff.. Future developments will concentrate on mathematics, which is an area of particular difficulty nationwide.. Through partnerships with local businesses in Masiphumelele (.. The Sewing Cafe.. and.. Ndileka.. ), Masicorp also provides school uniforms for those students whose parents cannot afford them.. This is our school!.. Our ‘.. Masifunde.. ’ initiative also develops the English skills of our learners during the early stages of their primary education.. Although initial teaching is given in Xhosa, all teaching in later years is delivered in English and this can be a difficult transition for both students and staff.. This programme is delivered with support from the.. Wordworks programme.. who supply a range of teaching materials and guidance to our volunteers.. We also provide funding for various essential physical education equipment that is used to keep the students fit and healthy, while allowing them to participate in team sports.. The children are put through a series of exercises with help from the.. Good Sports Trust.. and encouraged to participate in football, netball, athletics and rugby.. Masicorp also provides funding for transport to tournaments for the teams that the school organizes.. Classroom Makeovers.. Volunteers from HMS Richmond help repaint the school.. The 'Classroom makeover' project began in March 2013 with the aim of making Ukhanyo school’s classrooms a safe, clean and stimulating learning environment for all pupils.. All 35 of the schools classrooms are involved and the makeover provides new learning equipment (e.. g.. new modern whiteboards to replace blackboards), repairs to broken windows/roofing and painting the walls in bright stimulating colours.. In the first year we:.. REPAIRED 300 chairs, 100 desks, 110 windows latches, 30 doors locks, 40 cupboards.. PROVIDED 70 whiteboards, 2500 litres of paint, 40 wall clocks.. BUILT 20 lockable cupboards, 40 bookshelves, 30 ledges.. PAINTED 25 classroom interiors and about half of the exterior.. REFURBISHED management offices and admin.. Set up a permanent,  ...   of the Ukhanyo Science Project.. Our learners can do experiments for the first time in their life because before we could only give them theory instead of practical experiments.. what is happening in the Science Room is beyond my expectations.. - Mr Michael Tyhali, (Ukhanyo Primary School – Principal).. Helping Ukhanyo Primary School students learn English - 'The English Lab'.. Active learning is the key to success in the English Lab.. Masicorp has committed volunteers and resources to improving the quality of education at Masiphumelele’s Ukhanyo Primary School, but one of the biggest hurdles that the school faces is the low level of English literacy and fluency among teachers and students.. To help address this problem, Masicorp opened the ‘English Lab’ at Ukhanyo Primary School in January 2012.. The project is led by an American volunteer Jan O’Connor and her able assistant, Zimkhita Kapaayi.. Modelled after our successful ‘Science Lab’, the English Lab focuses on providing teachers at Ukhanyo with the skills and resources that they need in order to teach English effectively.. Helping High School students with English- 'English Please!'.. Happy to be improving their English!.. Some students from Masiphumelele are fortunate enough to be accepted at local English-medium schools in more affluent areas.. Although their long term prospects are massively improved by this, learners often struggle initially because of their poor English skills.. We provide additional teaching that allows them to quickly catch up with the other students.. The program ensures that the new learners quickly master English, which improves their learning and also helps them to integrate into life outside the township.. School Uniforms.. Ready to start the new school year.. We offer a free school uniform to any youngster at the Ukhanyo Primary School whose parents cannot afford to buy one - 100 or so uniforms a year.. We started doing this in 2005 after a large shack fire deprived hundreds of families of everything they owned.. In addition to this we have also provided students with tracksuits to wear over their uniforms during the winter months.. The tracksuits have been made locally thanks to the support of several donors from the United States and UK.. Check out the images below to see some of our achievements.. Ukhanyo Science Lab – bucking the national trend in science education.. More Track Suits for the Children of Ukhanyo Primary School.. Masifunde – Let’s Read.. Ukhanyo School’s ‘English Lab’.. A New Classroom for Masifunde..

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  • Title: Masicorp - 'High Hopes' helping Masiphumelele High School students with Maths and Science
    Descriptive info: Masicorp has identified science, and particularly mathematics, as the subject areas where pupils at Masiphumelele High School struggle the most.. Every year we offer the best performing high school students the chance to join our bursary program and apply to a university course of their choice.. However, often their mathematics grades restrict their options and can prevent entry to some degree courses completely.. In an attempt to improve the situation we have initiated a series of additional mathematics classes at weekends.. 'High Hopes'.. classes are delivered by an experienced mathematics tutor  ...   students but has also inspired teachers from Masiphumelele High School to use new learning materials and techniques to teach their learners.. Despite being held on Saturday mornings the classes have been remarkably popular and Masicorp have seen improvements in the mathematics and science grades of high school students looking to move on to higher education or technical training.. The best moment in mathematics - knowing that you now understand it!.. Saturday Morning Maths Skills for Masiphumelele Students.. Back to College for our Bursary Students.. Running the ‘Comrades Marathon’ for Sosebenza Youth Centre..

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  • Title: Masicorp - University, college and further education
    Descriptive info: Starting from just three students in 2009 we have supported over 50 students with their studies.. We currently have 19 students enrolled on degree courses ranging from Accounting to Biotechnology.. Masicorp help find accommodation for student residences and provide a bursary that covers the costs of accommodation and daily living.. Masicorp also provide an allowance for books and stationery and give each student a laptop.. Masicorp also recognise that students moving out of the township and into the city will also need emotional support and guidance.. Each student is allocated a mentor from our pool of volunteers who stays in regular contact with their student and is encouraged to meet them regularly.. Where possible Masicorp allocate mentors with appropriate subject experience  ...   student is appraised at the end of every semester and we arrange several social events throughout the academic year.. By carefully monitoring and managing the students’ experiences Masicorp maximise their chances of success.. The first-year dropout rate at South African universities is alarmingly high and this is especially true for students from severely disadvantaged backgrounds.. Masicorp's Bursary Scheme.. Students on Masicorp bursaries are more than twice as likely as other South African students to complete their courses.. full details.. Higher Education dropouts and the Masicorp Bursary Scheme.. Meeting Up With our Bursary Student Mentors.. An End of Year Art Exhibition for Simphiwe Ndzube.. Higher Education Opportunities for Masiphumelele Students.. Bursary Case Study - Olwethu Mlaza.. Bursary Case Study - Lungelwa Mkokeli..

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  • Title: Masicorp - Business enterprise – supporting entrepreneurs to create jobs and build businesses
    Descriptive info: Business enterprise – Made in Masi.. – supporting entrepreneurs to create jobs and build businesses.. Before supporting the launch of any new business in Masiphumelele, Masicorp need to feel confident about its potential.. To do this, Masicorp stress test the thinking and business planning of each and every business that we support.. Here, the experience and advice of local business professionals and experts in enterprise development is crucial and we rely on a network of volunteers to help “brainstorm and build” any business plan that comes our way.. Nonny's Cafe and Bakery - one of Masiphumelele's newest businesses.. Much of what exists in this arena at present relies on ad hoc workshops to train individuals in hard skills and business basics.. This provides invaluable opportunities for learning, but a more tailored mentoring and partnership programme can provide the crucial longer-term support that new businesses desperately need.. Masicorp are building a team of proven business professionals to volunteer their time and advice to the pool of businesses that we support.. Each of the businesses below has a named mentor and they are encouraged to meet regularly for business catch-ups and strategic planning.. Without access to funding, many people’s dreams remain just dreams.. Through Masicorp’s own fundraising initiatives, we are able to provide entrepreneurs interest-free start-up and development loans.. In the future, Masicorp plans to help small businesses access state grants and loans.. MASIPHUMELELE ENTERPRISE:.. Doreen Zanyiwe's Crèche and Day Care Centre.. In 2001, Masicorp partnered  ...   and dry and well-cared for all year.. - Doreen Zanyiwe, crèche director.. Nondyebo Art products.. Nondyebo sells designer linens to local customers and over the internet.. Business has been so good for Nondeyebo that she has been able to open a stall in the Blue Shed at Cape Town’s V A Waterfront.. Nonny's Bakery and Café.. Nonny is one of our newest entrepreneurs.. She opened Masi’s very first artisan bakery and cafe at the end of 2012.. Amongst her many talents: - she creates the most amazing birthday cakes!.. The Sewing Café.. has a dual purpose: it provides training for Masiphumelele residents, and it sells the products made by its students and ex-students.. Sewing Café sales have included school uniforms for Ukhanyo School students, paid for by funds from Masicorp donors.. The Sewing Café training course, for 11-12 adult learners, lasts for six months.. Each morning the students are tutored to improve their English language skills and learn basic computing skills.. After lunch, there are practical sessions on sewing and tailoring.. This year there were eleven women in the first six-monthly intake.. Only one of them had completed matric, and not a single learner had ever used a computer before the course started.. The course really is a life changing experience for everyone who can attend.. Nondyebo Art products at the V&A Waterfront.. Nonny’s Bakery and Cafe – one of Masiphumelele’s newest small businesses!.. Business Entrepreneurship in Masiphumelele.. A new intake at The Sewing Café..

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  • Title: Masicorp - Community and lifelong learning in Masiphumelele
    Descriptive info: Community & lifelong learning.. Education – the route out of poverty.. At Masiphumelele Library’s Outreach Centre, weekly literacy sessions give adults the English skills they need to cope with everyday tasks.. There is also a mothers and toddlers club to help mothers get their children school-ready.. The graduates of the 2013 ‘Life Skills’program with their new sewing machines.. In the library’s computing facility, Masicorp provides ‘Beginners’ computing classes for people of all ages.. Students work on creatively designed projects so that they become familiar with the most commonly used parts of the Microsoft Office suite (Word Processing and effective Internet use).. Students can also enrol on ‘Intermediate’ training  ...   gives Masiphumelele residents a place where they can use the internet free of charge for study and job hunting.. At the Chasmay Road site, Masicorp, working in partnership with Evangeline Ministries, provides a ‘Life Skills’ course for women with little or no previous education.. The course takes six months and teaches Basic English, Computer and Sewing Skills.. All these topics are highly relevant to the women’s everyday lives and the course helps them gain self-confidence and a pride in their own work.. Successful students receive a new sewing machine at graduation.. A New Intake at the Sewing Cafe.. The ‘Life Skills’ Programme.. The Sewing Cafe helps out Reddam House..

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  • Title: Masicorp - working with Masiphumelele Library
    Descriptive info: Masiphumelele library.. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for everyone.. From humble beginnings, Masiphumelele library has grown into the key resource for its community; providing both standard library services and valuable outreach and educational programmes.. The library itself is a beautiful public space, a safe venue for the community and a popular meeting area.. Built 2003.. Our First MAJOR Project - Masiphumelele LIBRARY.. The township's library was built in 2003 by Masicorp and opened its doors on 15 September 2003 as a satellite of Fish Hoek Library.. Making it happen.. Masiphumelele Library initially operated with donations of books from South Africa and abroad until the Western Cape Provincial Library Services came on board with book stock.. Contract staff from Fish Hoek operated the library from 2003 onwards.. Additional staff were subsidized by funding from Masiphumelele Corporation to keep the library open for longer hours and to support the outreach programmes.. Built 2006.. A place to play in Masiphumelele.. Masiphumelele Corporation went on to build the double storey extension to the library in 2005 and a park in front of the library in 2006.. The park contains a children’s playground and there are benches to sit on.. (There are only two parks in the whole of Masiphumelele.. ) The name 'Eyethu Park' means 'Our Park'.. 2008.. Masiphumelele Library - Onwards and Upwards.. The small library built by Masicorp in 2003 has been expanded twice and is now the centre of learning in the community.. In 2010 an extra wing was added to the building, providing a shaded courtyard area and extra teaching /meeting rooms.. Peninsula Beverages and Exclusive books provided the funding and Newlands Rotary project managed the extension..  ...   and the funding from partners who share Masicorp's commitment to the project:.. EIFL-PLIP.. - awarded a grant to provide free computer and internet training and to connect the youth of Masiphumelele to work and study opportunities.. Friends of the Fish Hoek Library.. have helped with fundraising for additional items required in the library, for example the photocopier and courses for staff development.. IkamvaYouth.. : The NGO I.. kamvaYouth.. extends a service to the youth in the community through mentoring, tutoring, career guidance, workshops and outings.. Lalela.. : The NGO Lalela provides educational arts to youth affected by extreme poverty, to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit by providing weekly art programmes and art workshops during the holidays.. Nal’ibali.. : The NGO Nal’ibali is a national 'reading-for-enjoyment' campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.. WorldTeach.. –is a US-based non-profit organisation that sends educational volunteers to developing countries and has worked with Masiphumelele library since 2005.. Wordworks.. - supports early literacy and language development in disadvantaged communities and has been working with the library since 2006.. The future.. Help us do more.. We built the library and it has been extended, twice; all with funds from private and corporate donors.. Today the Library is under City of Cape Town management and the City provides the operational funding.. In addition Masicorp and other NGO s provide for extra staff, additional outreach programmes, and the computer room which can only operate with outside funding.. We aim to raise R200,000/$27,000/£17,000 each year to continue to support the library and to help grow and develop the outreach programmes that run there — there is such demand!.. Want to help us?.. or.. Donate now..

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  • Title: Masicorp - directions - how to find us
    Descriptive info: Directions.. From CAPE TOWN to Masiphumelele Library.. Take the.. M3.. route south and head toward Muizenberg and Cape Point.. Follow the M3 for 20 minutes or so.. When the M3 ends, turn right at the robot [traffic lights] onto the Steenberg Road, which is the.. M42.. Go straight across at the first robot.. Then turn left at the second robot, signposted to Simon s Town.. This road is called.. Ou Kaapse Weg M64.. Go over the mountain and down the other side.. Go through the first robot (Sun Valley/Long Beach shopping centre on the right) and turn right at the second robot, towards Kommetjie.. On the.. Kommetjie Road, M65.. : Go about 600 meters  ...   metres to the Ukhanyo Primary School on your right and the Health Clinic on your left.. At this junction turn left and then second right and a very short distance along you will find the Library and its car park.. Allow about 50 minutes to drive from the Cape Town centre to Masiphumelele (depending on traffic).. if you are meeting us outside the township.. All as above, BUT STAY ON THE KOMMETJIE ROAD AND GO PAST THE ENTRANCE TO MASIPHUMELELE.. Then:.. Very soon after the entrance to Masiphumelele, also on the right, you will see Harry Gouman s Garden Centre.. We will be waiting for you in the parking or inside in the café!..

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  • Title: About Masiphumelele - Masicorp - Partners in Education and Enterprise
    Descriptive info: 'Masiphumelele’ – is a Xhosa word that translates to ‘We will succeed’.. Masiphumelele - 'We shall succeed'.. Masiphumelele is about 40 km/25 miles south of Cape Town.. It is less than one mile (2 km) wide and covers approximately 0.. 45 km ²/110 acres.. Various sources quote the population of Masiphumelele as being between 26,000 or 30,000 people.. There is no accurate contemporary Government census data available.. A more recent [2010] survey conducted as part of a Ph.. D.. project has put the figure at 38,000 plus.. 1948 - 1994.. Apartheid.. Apartheid—meaning separateness in Afrikaans - was a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the National Party government in South Africa between 1948 and 1994.. Apartheid legislation classified inhabitants into racial groups (black, white, coloured, and Indian), and residential areas were segregated by means of forced removals.. Blacks were stripped of their citizenship; legally becoming citizens of one of ten tribally based self-governing homelands or Bantustans, four of which became nominally independent states.. The government segregated education, medical care, and other public services, and provided black people with services inferior to those of whites.. During the Apartheid era blacks were evicted from properties that were in areas designated as white only and forced to move into townships.. early 1980s.. The Early Years.. In the early 1980's a group of 400-500 people started the first informal settlement close to where Masiphumelele is today.. It was in the bush area near to the junction where the Long Beach shopping mall is now located.. Under the old Apartheid laws the families were chased away and moved on by force.. The people were told that they had to live in the poorly set up township of Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town, more than 30 kilometres away.. For those who had found work in the Fish Hoek area this meant a long journey on bicycle or public transport every day.. They tried again and again to move back to where they had first set up camp.. mid 1990s.. SITE 5.. Nearly ten years later, in 1991/92 as Apartheid was ending, they tried again.. A group of people from Khayelitsha, joined by a few thousand people from the Eastern Cape who hoped to find work in the area, moved onto what was then known as Site 5.. It was renamed Masiphumelele by the people soon after.. In the early 1990s about 8000 people built their shacks and simple homes and started to set up their own community.. Until 1995 there was not even a building for a school or a clinic.. 1996 - 2001.. City of Cape Town Statistics.. Masiphumelele is no longer an 'informal township' it is part of Ward 69 of Cape Town.. Cape Town surveys its population from time to time - for budget and other planning reasons.. Survey of Masiphumelele - 1996.. - 4,442 people.. Survey of Masiphumelele - 2001.. - 8,242 people.. You can see that the population nearly doubled in the 5 years between 1996 and 2001 and has grown by more than three times since then.. It is now very out-of-date.. Click here to go the City of Cape Town's statistics page.. Official census statistics in all townships in South Africa are unreliable, mainly because the residents are very often unwilling to cooperate with the census-takers for fear it will be to their disadvantage in some way..  ...   other NGOs and from personal observation about 15% of residents are housed in brick or block built houses and 85% in shacks of various types.. Most land in Masiphumelele is now divided up into erven/erfs [plots] and owned by the settlers who originally occupied the space.. They were granted legal title to their erf by the City of Cape Town.. These land owners qualify for the State housing subsidy [currently R82,000] which they can claim through the State s appointed house builder – most often in Masiphumelele a specialist charity/NGO such as.. The Mellon Foundation.. or Habitat for Housing.. Mellon, with the State subsidy and funds from their foundation, have built over 300 houses in the past 5 years [2008-2013].. There are relatively few erfs – about 950 – and if every family in the township were to have one small plot allocated to them, it would require a land area of perhaps 50 times the current size of Masiphumelele.. So most residents still live in shacks – back-shacks if they are built on land owned privately as above, and just shacks if they are located in the wetlands area on rough, damp land owned by the City of Cape Town.. If all you can afford is a single room shack, then you have enough space for one double bed, something on which to stand your cooktop, a small refrigerator, probably with an old TV on top, and some cartons and suitcases for all your worldly goods.. The floor is the dirt beneath your feet and most people will have a piece of linoleum or carpet.. You can get connected to electricity but water is from a stand pipe and a toilet will be within 50 metres and shared with many others – queuing is a way of life.. Most Masiphumelele families, of up to 5 or 6, live in one or two roomed shacks.. Sleeping is by rota in the bed.. Masicorp built 23 brick construction houses in the first 10 years of its existence for erf owners and there are other NGO s working in the area, most notably and successfully most notably and successfully the.. Mellon Foundation.. mentioned earlier and the.. Amakhaya ngoku Housing Association.. As of January 2014, 232 families have been re-housed in 8 blocks of flats with a community hall and park/playground under construction.. -.. FIRE.. Shacks get built from anything that comes to hand: wooden pallets on-end for the walls, plastic sheeting nailed to the outside to keep out the wind and cardboard cartons pinned to the inside to keep out the cold.. A few sheets of corrugated tin and some wood to support it are needed for the roof, as are a few big stones on top to help keep it place in the Cape storms.. Heating in the winter is necessary, and the cheapest way to heat a shack is to use a paraffin heater.. A shack is not well ventilated in any event and paraffin heaters put out heat and a lot of moisture.. They keep people warm, but they also contribute to the many respiratory health problems that residents of Masiphumelele suffer.. A shack will be in very close proximity to many others – a few centimetres - a fire can spread at lightening speed and become a disaster for many.. Keeping a good look-out is a way of life..

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