Located near Muizenburg in Cape Town, Overcome Heights is an extension of Capricorn township. This community is one of the most racially and culturally diverse communities in the Southern Peninsula area of Cape Town with a mixture of black, white, colored, Asian, Indian and other African nationalities represented.The settlement started in 2006 when the ANC party promised housing for all who settled on a sand dune area behind Capricorn. Within 72 hours of opening the site, over 6000 people had moved onto the property with no water or sanitation facilities. There are now water taps and public toilets, but facilities are still well below adequate. The population estimate for Overcome Heights is about 13,000, and continues to grow steadily.
Overcome Heights merges with Capricorn, and so faces the same problems and has similar statistics. HIV and AIDS affect many people, and the community also struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, prostitution, child abuse and neglect.
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