Institutional Arrangements:

Project Re-organisation
Cato Manor Management Committee

Present Board Members

In large scale and multi-faceted projects such as Cato Manor, success depends on the mobilisation and co-ordination of a wide array of governmental, non-governmental and community actors, and this in turn requires the development of institutional arrangements appropriate to the prevailing circumstances. 
The CMDP's institutional arrangements have, since its inception, been in a state of continuous development and adaptation to the processes of growth and transformation in South Africa as a whole. These are summarised below:

1992: Development Forum Created
The Greater Cato Manor Development Forum, forerunner to the CMDA, was created to establish a policy for the holistic development of Cato Manor.

1993: CMDA Established
The forum transformed itself into the CMDA, a Section 21 Company (not for gain) set up to facilitate the development of the area. Its main policy making body was the Board of Directors who were selected from the ranks of the Association/Forum.

1994: CMDA Board Re-structured
The forum transformed itself into the CMDA, a Section 21 Company (not for gain) set up to facilitate the development of the area. Its main policy making body was the Board of Directors who were selected from the ranks of the Association/Forum.

1995: PSPPC Established
After the Cato Manor project was designated an RDP project, the Provincial Special Presidential Projects Committee (PSPPC) was established to oversee and monitor delivery as well as to recognise and extend political accountability to the newly elected Provincial Government and the Local and Metropolitan Councils. The new committee was jointly chaired by the Provincial Minister of Local Government and Housing and the Minister of Economic Affairs and Tourism, and members consisted of the Mayors and Executive Committee Chairpersons of the Metropolitan and South Central Local Councils.

The CMDA Board, via its chairperson, reported to the PSPPC for ratification of policy.

1996 to 1998
In recognition of the advent of democratic local government following the local government elections in 1996, a two year period of particularly rapid and far reaching institutional changes was initiated, consisting of two principal elements:

  • The reconstitution of the CMDA Board

  • The transfer of political control and responsibility for the CMDP from 2nd tier (Provincial) to the third tier (Metropolitan) levels of government.

The CMDA Board Re-constitution
As overall co-ordinators and facilitators of the CMDP it has always been crucial that the key stakeholder constituencies in the CMDP are represented on the CMDA's highest decision making body. Since July 1996 the various stakeholder bodies have been represented on the CMDA Board on the following basis:

  • Provincial Government: Three members from provincial government nominated by provincial members of the PSPPC

  • Metropolitan Government: Two members nominated by the Metropolitan Council

  • Local Councils: Three members, two nominated by the South Central Local Council and one by the Inner West Local Council

  • Local Communities: Six members nominated by local community organisations

  • Significant Institutions and Experts: Six members from significant investors in the project and/or specialists nominated by the outgoing Board and approved by the PSPPC

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Project Re-organisation
Following the local government elections in March 1996 a process of reorganisation of the project's accountability and reporting systems was initiated with a view to transferring the political control of the project from the provincial to metropolitan government level and the achievement of higher levels of cross sectoral co-ordination.

The institutional configuration arrived at in respect of RDP funded projects brought into effect in December 1997 can be broadly summarised as follows:

  • The responsible provincial department for the RDP funded aspects of the project, the Department of Local Government and Housing, assigned the Durban Metropolitan Council control of the project as well as management responsibilities to ensure that plans are efficiently and effectively implemented.

  • The CMDA was appointed as agent of the Province and Metro to execute an array of developmental functions including general management and supervision of the project, spatial planning, financial planning and management, operational planning, programme management and reporting.

  • The Metropolitan Council, in addition to supervising the CMDA's operations, co-ordinates the functions and activities of local government line departments, assists with the procurement of local government approvals, executes the project's financial controls and establishes and maintains systems to take over and operate the infrastructure developed.

  • The South Central Local Council line departments assist the Metro and the CMDA with regard to the implementation of projects in a variety of ways, particularly as managers of the implementation of the majority of the infrastructural projects falling within the CMDP

Organisationally these arrangements are managed by the following structures:

Metropolitan Special Presidential Projects (MSPPC)
Chaired by the Metro Mayor this top level committee meets at least twice annually to consider the annual plans and budgets for the project, consider progress and establish key policy directions for the CMDP.

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Cato Manor Management Committee (CMMC)
The CMMC plays the principal co-ordinating and management role for the project- The CMMC consists of the CEO of Durban Metro Council, the Executive Director of the Metro Housing Service Unit, the Director-General of the Department of Local Government and Housing, the CEO of the South Central Local Council and the CEO of the CMDA (or their designated alternates). The CMMC meets monthly and addresses the key management and co-ordination issues associated with the project.

An array of programme-level cross-institutional working groups, dealing with, inter alia, Land, Spatial Planning, Finances, Infrastructural Project Implementation and Communications, have been established and account ultimately to the CMMC.

The revised institutional arrangements were implemented in January 1995 and led immediately to dramatic improvements in cross institutional co-operation, information flows and institutional commitment to the CMDP.

Whilst some modifications may become necessary to improve efficiencies and to take the "mega city" local government restructuring into account it is expected that the broad institutional configuration will remain unchanged for some time to come.

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The CMDA Board
The CMDA is governed by a Board of 20 directors who formulate policy, appoint an executive team, drive the project and monitor progress. Stakeholder constituencies represented are provincial government, metropolitan government, local community as well as relevant institutions and experts. There are six Board committees: the Audit Committee, the Community Relations Committee, the Consultants Appointment Review Panel (CARP), the Tender Review Committee, the Staffing and Remuneration Committee and the Local Economic Development (LED) Committee.

Board Members with effect from 22 October 2002

Provincial Government
Mr W. Mchunu, MP (Board Chairperson)
Mr R. Burrows, MP
Mr P. Ngcobo, MP

eThekwini Municipality
Councillor S. Gumede
Councillor N. Chamane
Councillor G. Fourie
Councillor E. Mtshali
Councillor J. Singh

Cato Manor Community Organisation
Ms N. Mfuphi
Mr B. Zondo
Ms J. Nhlangulela
Mrs E. Herempi
Mr V. Ndwandwe
Mr V.M. Pillay

Specialist Members
Mr S. Govender (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr J. van Coller
Mr D. Vincent
Mrs B. Scott, MP
Ms R. Champion
Mr R. Persad

Ex-Officio Member
Mr C. Forster (CMDA CEO)

eThekwini Municipality
The eThekwini Municipality supervises the CMDA’s operations. It also co-ordinates the functions and activities of local government line departments, assists with the procurement of local government approvals, executes the CMDP’s internal audit controls and establishes and maintains systems to take over and operate the infrastructure developed. These functions are managed by the Metropolitan Special Presidential Projects Committee and the Cato Manor Management Committee.

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