Infrastructure Delivery

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The focus of the infrastructure programme is to develop primary infrastructure throughout Cato Manor to enable subsequent development of other facilities including housing, public buildings, schools, crèches, clinics, libraries, and other social facilities, as well as development of land for commercial and industrial usage.

The infrastructure comprises transportation routes (arterial roads), secondary road networks (collector roads), primary stormwater control (culverts and canals), and outfall and link sewers. Electrification and telecommunications are included in the roads and housing projects.

Project Details
The various projects completed, in progress, and planned, are shown in table 5.
Table 5: Project Implementation Status
Project Status Number of Projects Totals
Transportation Infrastructure/Roads Sewers Drainage


7 13 2 13 35

In Progress

1 1 0 0 2


6 6 2 5 19


14 20 4 18 56

Project Funding
Funds for many of the engineering projects were provided by the RDP Further funding has also been made available by the Metro Council and South Central Local Council. The European Union has now authorised funds to be utilised for infrastructure.

N2 Intersection
A major intersection from the N2 to Booth Road, adjacent to the N2/N3 Systems Interchange is proposed. Due to the proximity to the systems interchange, a number of anxiety lanes are required. The estimated cost is in the order of R40m. A feasibility report is being prepared and funding is being negotiated.

The City Engineer's Service Unit
The SCLC through their City Engineer's Service Unit, has played a significant role as the primary implementation agent for the delivery of infrastructure. Since 1994, a solid partnership has been created between their staff, the CMDA and the people of Cato Manor. There have been difficult times, but now the relationship is one of mutual respect and appreciation for the contribution each partner can make to the common goal - the development of Cato Manor.


Principles Underlying the Delivery of Infrastructure

The principles that inform road design are:
  • use of minimum reserve widths
  • elimination of unnecessary roads
  • sites on both sides of the road
  • reduction of road frontage for larger land uses such as schools and parks
  • reduction of residential plot frontages
  • avoidance of short street blocks.

A full waterborne sewerage system is being installed throughout the area. This is essential due to the geological conditions and water courses flowing through the area.

Each site is provided with an on-site water connection to facilitate the water-borne sewerage system and to provide water to each household.

Adequate street lighting is essential to ensure safety, particularly in public areas such as activity spines and informal markets.
Business premises are being provided with electricity in the normal manner while small businesses and houses often use a pre-paid metering system.

Stormwater is accommodated on the surface as far as possible. Run-off should be accommodated in the upper catchment and post development run-off should not exceed pre-development run-off.

Posts and Telecommunications
Cluster post boxes are being provided in the major areas - delivery takes place at these points.lines and connections is also actively being pursued by Telkom.

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