|LOOK AFTER OUR SCHOOLS
Public facilities are everyone's responsibility
Construction of the two new schools at the Cato
Crest Multi Purpose Centre has been completed. The maintenance
of the schools is now the responsibility of the Department of
The state of schools in black townships
generally is appalling. One reason for this is that the Education
Department does not provide enough funding for maintenancee of
schools. Therefore the onus is on the teachers, the pupils and
the community at large to look after these new schools. Luckily
the schools in Cato Crest are designed for long-term usage and
so they have been strongly built. However they still have to be
maintained properly. Here are some tips that will help to keep
the schools in good shape till the next millennuim dawns.
Do not use the hosepipe to clean the floors - rather use a mop.
Treat the floor with polish as this will protect it. Too much
water will spoil the floor and give room to cracks. The fire hoses
are for fire fighting and not for gardening. It should be our
priority to save water, as water is a scarce resource.
This refers to classrooms that are for special purposes such as
home economics, laboratories and computer education classrooms.
These classrooms should be treated with respect. Wait for teachers’
instructions before using equipment in these classrooms.
The toilets are designed to be cleaned by a hose pipe which
is fitted inside. There is a tap provided. It should be used once
a day. For health reasons kindly flush after using the toilet.
Do not use anything other than
of all major role players who contributed to the successful completion
of the two schools at the Cato Crest Multi-Purpose Centre gather
around for a photo during a hand-over session.
toilet paper in the toilets. Kids have a right
to proper toilet paper, and it should be provided. The hand basins
must be used properly. If there is a leak from the tap, there is
a switch underneath the basin which must be switched off. The switch
cuts the supply of water to a particular tap and does not affect
the whole system. Kids should desist from writing graffiti on the
Some of the taps have already been vandalised - there are no
funds available for replacements. If this continues, water to all
the fountains will be cut off. The fountains provide pupils with
quick access to clean water.
Playground and gardens
Trees and flowers are being planted to add natural beauty to
the school grounds. Each class should take responsibility for a
portion of the school grounds and keep that portion clean at all
times. Teachers should encourage healthy competition among classes.
Manor Admin Centre takes shape
|Plans for the development of an Administrative
Support Centre in Cato Manor to be funded by the European Union are
well advanced and the first phase of construction is scheduled for
completion early next year.
The Centre, which is being developed by the CMDA, will be occupied
primarily by community and public service agencies providing services
in Cato Manor. The CMDA will also relocate to the Centre once it has
In addition, the aim is that the Centre will provide office space
for small Cato Manor-based businesses, as well as professional firms
that are involved in Cato Manor development projects.
The site is in the Central Node Precinct, at the intersection of Francois
and Cato Manor Roads, and once the transport infrastructure for Cato
Manor is in place, will be easily accessible from Cato Manor as well
as the wider metropolitan area
Readers may remember the exhibition of the
| Architectural Ideas Competition entries
for this project which was on view at the Umkhumbane Library in September
last year. The first prize was awarded to East Coast Architects whose
imaginative design received support from community members who attended
East Coast Architects, who also designed the Cato Crest Multi-Purpose
Centre, have been commissioned to develop their ideas into a comprehensive
design proposal, guided by the CMDA and with the help of a team of
quantity surveyors and engineers. Security is a high priority in the
design of the Centre. Secure parking for all tenants and office workers
will be provided on site, and entrance to the buildings will be monitored
by an electronic access control system.
The Centre will include a seminar and conference facility/training
venue which will be available to tenants and to the public.
Businesses or service agencies interested in renting accommodation
in the Centre can contact the project co-ordinator, Jenny Whitehead,
at CMDA, telephone 261-6640.
Do you want a home in
Ingabe uyalifuna ikhaya eMkhumbane?
sites to choose from in Umkhumbane. We will build a strong house to
suit your needs.
Kuneziza ezingu-22 ongazikhethela kuzo eMkhumbane. Singakwakhela indlu
eyohlala imi njalo elingene izidingo zakho.
Contact: Margaret Makhaye
Tel/Fax: 031-906 3077 Cell: 083-359 5347.
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