ELECTRICITY CLAIMS ANOTHER LIFE
visited by tragedy
Members of the Khomo family in mourning:
(from left) Grandma Khomo, Zanele Khomo and Duduzile Khomo.
loss of one family member is a very painful experience to
bear. But the loss of three family members is more than anyone
can take - rich or poor. The Khomo family of CC2882 in Cato
Crest has had the misfortune of losing three family members
in the space of a month. All three of them died in separate
First it was Asanda who was still-born. Asanda’s father passed
away in December last year, leaving behind Zanele, Asanda’s
mother with the pregnancy.
Next followed young Nomzamo. Her death was caused by electrocution.
She was passing by a house when she was electrocuted . It
would appear as if she came in contact with a corrugated iron
structure which had too much electric current because of an
uninsulated electric connection. She had been sent on an errand
by her aunt.
The family became worried when she did not return in time.
Sending someone to search for her she was found sprawled on
the ground with blood oozing from her mouth and her body covered
According to family members, it was difficult to ascertain
where the wires led to as they were running in in different
As if that was not enough, death struck another blow when
it claimed the life of Sipho (Nomzamo’s uncle). Sipho was
responding to the news that tragedy had visited his house.
He did not make it to Cato Crest. The car he was travelling
As if an evil spell has been cast on the family, Themba (Nomzamo’s
father) lost all his weekly wages to pick-pockets. He had
been hired to do a week’s job at the Bluff.
Grief stricken Duduzile Khomo said: “I really don’t know why
this is happening to me. But it hurts. I can’t cope. I rely
on the occasional odd job and my monthly pension to support
my family. It is nearly a month since we lost Asanda. She
is still not buried.”
market opens 2 April
time you receive your copy of IZWI the Bellair Market will
be busier than a bee hive. The 2nd of April has been declared
as the official opening date. All problems that have delayed
the opening of the market have been resolved. Restructuring
at the Unicity made it impossible to determine which division
the market would fall under. The remaining contractual obligations
such as the electrical installation to all trading stalls
will be finalised at the end of March. The selection process
is nearing completion. Most applicants have been informed
about the outcome of the selection process. The market will
be a boost to the economic viability of Cato Manor emerging
Gears itself for better service
of the CMCO during the first strategy planning session held
almost two years since the Cato Manor Community Organisation
(CMCO) was founded. There is a perception that CMCO has had
no impact on the development of Cato Manor. When the organisation
was formed it was expected to have formed alliances with service
providers and act independently.
IZWI heard that the CMCO was heading for Scottburgh for their
second strategy planning session so we thought it was time
for an interview. The following are the excepts of a conversation
between IZWI and Mlondi Manzini the secretary of the CMCO.
IZWI: It is two years since the organisation was founded.
Have you achieved any milestones?
Mlondi: It is almost true that we have had no impact
as an organisation. This is the reason we retreated to Scottburgh
to have a careful introspection of ourselves as an organisation.
Part of the problem is that we lacked a clear strategy that
serves as a guideline.
IZWI: Where did you go wrong?
Mlondi: We lacked capacity and our vision was not clear.
IZWI: Where do you move from there?
Mlondi: Before the end of March we would have drawn
a programme of action for the six sub structures and then
thereafter hold a series of capacity building workshops. These
workshops are designed to make us more efficient as an organisation.
The workshops will be held over a six month period of time
and will include leadership skills training. The objective
is for everyone to understand their exact responsibility in
their chosen position.
IZWI: What issues do you wish to tackle, what is it
that you wish to achieve and how will the common resident
gauge your successes?
Mlondi: Our focus will be on development related issues.
Our mission statement has a holistic approach. We will not
be biased towards one issue. We need to find solutions to
the unemployment rate, the slow pace of housing development.
Crime is also affecting everyone. We will strengthen our relationships
with the Community Policing Forums and other service providers.
We are not visible enough. A strategy to re-introduce ourselves
to the community will take place.
Our term of office expires in 12 months time. We hope to have
had an impact by then. The gauge for people to use would be
the speed with which development in all spheres of life is
In conclusion we will go back and restructure our sub committees.
They have been our greatest downfall. As you know there are
28 members in the executive structure. Almost every area in
Cato Manor is represented. The sub-committees are made up
of six members of the various communities. The sub-committees
are not manned. They have no policies therefore they cannot
execute their duties in a satisfactory manner.