Izwi - Cato Manor Community Newspaper
Vol.35
June 2000
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Jamaica on the road
to development

By Mazwi Ngcobo
Work has begun on the long-awaited housing project at Jamaica informal settlement on the outskirts of Chesterville. The Jamaica community, who have been living in self-built shacks with no services for several years, were very happy to see the heavy earth-moving equipment of Teichman Civils move into their settlement and begin the construction of storm water drainage, the water supply system, roads and sewers.

The infrastructure work, which is preparing the way for the construction of houses, is expected to be completed in November. According to the project management team, the tender for the construction of platforms and houses has not yet been awarded.

More than 20 Jamaica residents are being employed by Teichman Civils to work on the construction of civil infrastructure.

It is understood that a number of households in Jamaica will have to temporarily relocate while construction work is under way. The details of the relocation have not been decided yet.

The latest update regarding the signing of sales agreements indicate that close to 200 agreements have been secured.

The arrival of Teichman Civils has been welcomed by the local community as a sign of better things to come. Residents in this settlement have had to wait a long time for development to come due to a number of problems which have caused long delays. These included land invasions and disputes among community representatives.

"We thank the stars above that something positive is happening. We are relieved. Unfortunately there is a long waiting period in between developments in Jamaica to be certain of what is really going on. It is almost two years since a developer was awarded a contract to work on this development. It feels like more than a year since the show unit has been built," said one resident.

Jamaica is one of the few informal settlements in the Durban area that is not so densely populated - it has an estimated population of about 500 households. A total of 512 subsidies have been approved by the Provincial Housing Development Board.
The minimum site size is 160 m2.

Cato Manor remembers June 16

Children from Ukukhanya Primary School in Chesterville (right) perform the "Sarafina" dance during June 16 celebrations in Cato Manor.

The celebrations were organised by youth groups active in Cato Manor as a way of paying tribute to those who died during the struggle for democracy.

June 16, 1976 was the day that the students of Soweto went out onto the streets to protest against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools. The protest was met with fierce resistance and quickly spread to the rest of the country.

CONTENTS


Jamaica on the road to
development
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Cato Manor Remembers June 16
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Maurice Makhathini steps into top housing job
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Lucky to be alive
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helping your business to Grow
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Grand opening for Bellair Shopping Centre
631 traders apply for space at Bellair market
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Sgt. Kirby calls it a day
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"Bake for profit" and beat unemployment
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Mazwi's Diary
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Challenges
of Home Ownership
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News in Brief
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Ex-combatants set up co-op
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one city, one people
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News friom the City
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Babies under six months need breastmilk only
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Running for fun
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Soccer mania sweeps Cato Manor
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Cricket is coming to Cato Manor



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