The focus of the infrastructure programme in Cato Manor has been to develop primary infrastructure to enable the subsequent development of housing, social and commercial facilities. The major infrastructural components include roads, sanitation, water, electricity, stormwater and telecommunications. Wherever possible, maximum use has been made of existing infrastructure, and labour-based construction methods have been favoured in the provision of new infrastructure. Negative environmental impact has been minimised through adherence to principles laid down in a Strategic Environmental Assessment conducted in 1998. By 2003, the bulk infrastructure platform necessary to underpin this vibrant ‘city-within-a-city’ will have been completed.

The road network aims at providing high levels of mobility and accessibility within Cato Manor and the rest of the metropolitan area. Infrastructure development in Cato Manor has played a powerful role in making Cato Manor more accessible and the notion of Cato Manor as an ‘unsafe place to go’ is being overtaken by the view that the new road network is simply the quickest and easiest way to get from one side of the city to the other. To date 20 kilometres of arterial bus and mini-bus routes have been completed with a further 4,8 kilometres under construction during 2002. Major road construction in Cato Manor includes the four-phased development of Booth Road on the west-east axis and the upgrading of Bellair Road on the north-south axis.

Cato Manor is situated in a high rainfall area with steep topography and is traversed by the Umkhumbane and Blinkbonnie Rivers. Because of these and other geological conditions, the management of stormwater has formed a critical component of infrastructure development, and waterborne sewerage has been provided to businesses and residential dwellings.

Adequate street lighting is provided to ensure safety and access to public facilities in the evenings and early mornings. Business premises and higher income houses are provided with electricity in the normal manner, whilst smaller emerging enterprises and low income households are serviced on a pre-paid system.

In accordance with the SA Postal Services policy that every family in a newly-developed area should have access to an address box, cost-effective cluster boxes are being provided. Telephone lines are being installed in Cato Manor and a number of pay-phones have been supplied.

Engineering Infrastructure as at March 2002
Arterial bus and mini bus routes Completed
In development
20.23kms
4.80kms
Bulk infrastructure routes Completed
In development
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