Izwi - Cato Manor Community Newspaper
Vol.47
October 2001
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Development Association
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Art and Craft Centre will attract tourists to Cato Manor

The vacant Lockhat Islamic school building on Bellair Road is being converted into a centre for arts and crafts. This centre will house the Cato Manor Crafts Project and the Ithunga Art Project.

An agreement has been reached between the CMDA and the Lockhat family, who own the building, to use the top floor of the building for the development of a community art and craft centre. The ground floor and the first floor are being converted into a shopping centre.

Contractors are hard at work renovating the building, while local artists have been given an opportunity to showcase their talents by painting murals on the walls.

Sizimisele Development Trust, which has won a tender to develop the skills of unemployed Cato Manor residents by teaching them crafting skills, has already taken occupation of the building. The European Union and the Metro Economic Development Department have made funds available for the development of these skills and the construction of the centre. Several other funding institutions have been approached and are likely to support the project.
Training of the first group of 80 local people is already in progress.

The new art centre was initiated by the Ithunga Art Project, in collaboration with the CMDA, Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Natal and the Department of Fine Arts at the Technikon Natal. The Art Centre will offer courses to Cato Manor residents. A competition to identify art talent amongst the youth of Cato Manor is being run.

While this is seen as a local economic development opportunity, the project is also viewed as an effort to tap into the growing tourism industry in KwaZulu-Natal. It is expected that the arts and craft centre, together with the Cato Manor tourism office at Intuthuko Junction, (under construction) and other tourism projects all over Cato Manor, will attract local and international tourists in search of a real African experience.


Artists put the final touches on a mural at the Cato Manor Art and Craft Centre. The centre will boost local economic development and serve as a tourist attraction.

Art Competition
We are looking for 10 talented young artists

Win a week of Art Lessons
at the Cato Manor Art & Craft Centre during the Christmas Holidays.
Send us a drawing on the subject of “Life in Cato Manor”. The best drawings will be published in the next edition of IZWI and winning artists will attend a week-long course of art lessons at the centre. Art materials will be provided.
Competition rules
1. The Competition is open to High School Pupils who live in Cato Manor only.
2. Bring your drawing with your name, address, name of school, grade and class details to: The IZWI Editor, Highway House Suite 119, Mayville. Closing date is Friday 16 November. The judges’ decision is final and no
correspondence will be entered into.

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