Izwi - Cato Manor Community Newspaper
December 2002
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CMDA looks to the future

Chairperson of the CMDA Board of Directors, Willies Mchunu
receives a gift from Connie L. Johnson of the Missouri House
of Representatives in the US Government. She was part
of a US delegation that visited Cato Manor recently.

“As the disbandment of the CMDA gets closer one can only applaud its achievements. The greatest of them is bringing quality to the lives of Cato Manor residents. The CMDA can be forgiven for blowing its own trumpet because, since it began the urban renewal programme nine years ago, it has delivered its mandate. This is evident in the infrastructure, social development and local economic development programmes that it has initiated during its tenure,” said the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the CMDA, Willies Mchunu, at an annual event held for community leaders.

Some of the visible achievements are the construction of pre-schools, primary health facilities, roads, community halls, libraries, a shopping centre, the art and craft centre, a market and thousands of housing opportunities.

“Credit must be given to the European Union (EU) which injected both financial and technical assistance that paved the way for the successful delivery of the urban renewal programme. This has afforded the people of Cato Manor the opportunity to live a life with a sense of dignity,” said Willies Mchunu

Another feather in the CMDA’s cap is the fact that the programme can be used as a model for similar developments, and has achieved international recognition.

Functions performed by the CMDA - such as communications, sports development, land issues and housing - will be handed over to the eThekwini Municipality. Economic development and social development will be handed over to a Socio-Economic Development Organisation (SEDCO). The CMCO in collaboration with SEDCO and other relevant organisations will play an active role in the future development of Cato Manor.
by Gugu Mzimela.

Siyaya fm is granted another licence

Doing it for the second time round: (l-r) Members of
the Siyaya fm Sicelo Xulu (Station Manager), Nokuthula
Mvubu (Women’s Programme Host), Thobeka Debe
(Youth Talk Show Host) and Bheki Majola (Drive Show
Programme Host).

Siyaya fm has been granted another 30 day licence to broadcast on its own frequency around the clock. It is expected to be on the airwaves as from 19 December until18 January barring any glitches.

At the time of going to press Siyaya fm has been granted the same frequency as before which is 96.8fm. The frequency will cover all of the eThekwini Municipality area and beyond.

They will broadcasting from their studios on 750 Francois Road at Intuthuko Junction.

Sicelo Xulu, Siyaya fm station manager, was overjoyed when he was informed by the Independent Communication Authority in South Africa (ICASA) that the community radio station will be granted the opportunity to entertain the masses for the second time.

Asked why he thought they were granted the licence for the second time, he said: “It is our Summerbridge theme. It is somewhat unique and has an appeal to the youth during the summer holidays, and it offers an alternative. Moreover Siyaya fm is a community radio station run by community-based people who are in touch with the people on the ground,” said Sicelo.

It is over a year since Siyaya fm began broadcasting news relating to the Cato Manor Development Project. Siyaya fm is made up of 15 community based broadcasters. At present it is broadcasting on 101.5 fm, a frequency which is allocated to Highway Radio.


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