During the early 1990s, as South
Africa prepared for its first democratic election, millions of people
across the nation looked forward to their integration into South African
society and to taking their rightful place in the new democracy. At this
time, seven kilometres from the centre of Durban, the physical and social
landscape of the urban settlement known as Cato Manor still bore the grim
scars of apartheidís segregation policies. Characterised by urban poverty,
environmental degradation and social disarray, greater Cato Manor became
the concern of a range of interest groups who saw the area as a post-apartheid
development priority and a significant urban renewal opportunity.
Individual players, local community organisations,
political parties and city and provincial authorities joined forces to
embrace the numerous re-development challenges presented by Cato Manor.
Together, they devised a plan which would correct the wrongs of the past
and establish an institutional framework to facilitate the development
process. The Cato Manor Development Association (CMDA) was formed as the
vehicle to implement these aims.
In the eight years since the end of apartheid
in 1994, Cato Manor has experienced significant and exciting change across
all sectors. Today, around 93 000 people live, work and enjoy a normal
life in Cato Manor. New houses, buildings, facilities, roads and engineering
works have been and continue to be developed. Cato Manorís economy and
its people, especially the urban poor, have benefitted from the integrated
The Cato Manor Development Project (CMDP)
has achieved world-wide acclaim as a model for integrated development.
Within South Africa it has become a model of post-apartheid sustainable
urban development practice.
Once divided by race, Cato Manorís people
are being united in a vibrant cross-cultural identity and integrated into
the activities and life of the rest of the city of Durban. Once ignored,
poor people are accessing education, health care and basic services.
Through a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to development,
the CMDA has also laid important foundations for the continuation of Cato
Manorís development into the future and beyond the life-span of the CMDA.
and Commercial land development and premises
- Booth West Industrial Park and Value Centre: aims
at maximising job creation for Cato Manor residents as well as maximising
revenues to be reinvested in socio-economic projects in Cato Manor.
Project is in packaging stage, with the land assembly in progress and
the preliminary design started. Construction to start in June 2002.
Plans are developed to construct a Motor City on the Value Centre site.
- Edwin Swales Industrial Park: aims at maximising job
creation for Cato Manor residents as well as maximising revenues to
be reinvested in socio-economic projects in Cato Manor. Project is in
packaging stage, with the land assembly in progress and the preliminary
design started. Construction to start in June 2002.
- Booth Central Industrial and Commercial Land: aims
at preparing land along Booth Road Central for industrial and commercial
development. Project is in packaging stage, with the land assembly in
progress and the preliminary design started. Construction to start in
- Wiggins Economic Hive: CMDA is preparing to upgrade
the Housing Support Centre in Wiggins to an economic hive. This hive
is mainly targeting business people living at Wiggins. The steering
committee comprising the Metropolitan and Community representatives
has been set up. Natal Portland Cement has been approached to supply
technical support and to upgrade the block yards. Meanwhile current
accommodation is rented to emerging business and co-ops in Cato Manor.
The Professional team has been selected and a feasibility study will
be presented to the Steering Committee in due course. Construction to
start soon and to be implemented before March 2003. The existing co-ops
have been temporarily allocated to unused containers. The lease agreements
will be signed soon. The design brief for the hive has been issued to
consultants and work has commenced.
- Molver Road Economic Hive: CMDA is planning to formalise
the informal development of business units in Cato Crestís Molver Road
into an economic hive. A Steering Committee will be set up soon.
- Small-Scale Industry Workshops Ė Premises for the
ESC: An administration building and industrial workshop units will be
constructed on a site in the Booth Central Industrial Park, for occupation
by the ESC in 2003. Designs are finalised and tenders have been received.
Construction will begin as soon as contractual agreements are finalised
and site preparation is complete.
- Business Support
- Short Term Guarantee Finance: The scheme aims at improving
access to working capital loans for local contractors working on Cato
Manor projects. The scheme is operational.
- SED Vehicle: CMDA, in close co-operation with the
eThekwini Municipality, is in the process of establishing a socio-economic
development vehicle which will sustain economic development in Cato
Manor after CMDA closes down. Workshops are being held with metropolitan
and community representatives to determine the configuration of it.
A business plan has been produced. Incremental implementation will start
in due course.
- Legacy and Tourism project:
The New Cato Manor Tourism Office comprises four components. The
Cato Manor Visitors Centre which will open soon. The Internet Coffee
Bar has been awarded to Ilembe Catering (Princess Nombuso Zulu) and
Ikhono Technologies (Sizwe Makhaye). The facility was opened on 8 May
The Umkhumbane Conference Centre which also forms part of the Tourism
Office is also open and available for bookings.
A third component of the Tourism Centre is the Interpretative Centre,
a small museum about the history and development of Cato Manor will
be opened in June 2002.
The Tourism Awareness Campaign in Cato Manor is well underway. Several
local tour guides have been trained and are now liaising with CMDA and
tour agents in taking Cato Manor visitors around.
- Building Materials Manufacture: A feasibility study
and business plan have been conducted to analyse the building manufacturing
sector in Cato Manor. The proposal is to set up a Central Distribution
and Support Unit for the sector, providing services such as bulk purchase,
transport, marketing and business support. A steering committee is being
set up. Applications for financial assistance for phase 1to the City
and private sectors are awaiting approval.
- ESC Incubator/Industrial Workshops: The ESC is now
operational. Working from offices on 2nd Floor POD3 Intuthuko Junction.
The ESC is engaging entrepreneurs specifically from the manufacturing
sectors, but also from the service industries and the retail sector.
The ESC offers assistance, ranging from advice, tender advice information,
business planning, access to financial institutions, administrative
services and business management skills training. Two full time business
advisors are in attendance and can be contacted at Intuthuko Junction
and/or on 031- 261 5585.
- Small Business Fair 2002: Preparations for this yearís
Small Business Fair are afoot and an event organiser has been appointed.
The Business Fair is going to benefit a lot of people as services like
security, catering and cleaning will be sourced from the community.
Local business people are gearing themselves for the event as this yearís
fair will be the biggest and best ever.
Bellair Informal Market
Manor Shopping Centre
Bellair Informal Market
Manor Shopping Centre