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IZWI April 2001
Izwi - Cato Manor Community Newspaper
Vol.41
March 2001
Sponsored by the
European Union
 Sponsored by the European Union
Published by the Cato Manor
Development Association
Cato Manor Development Association
 
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Izwi - Cato Manor Community Newspaper
Residents to prepare for tourist influx


Cato Manor community leaders attend a workshop to introduce the craft and merchandising project.

Approximately 80 Cato Manor residents are in line to receive training in craft production and merchandising. The training will prepare the residents to face the growing international demand for local crafts.
The aim of the project is to make 70% of crafts produced locally available to the huge international market, with the balance to be sold in regional markets.
Sizimisele Development Trust (SDT) has been appointed to assist the residents with the necessary technical skills. SDT is already involved in similar projects elsewhere in KwaZulu-Natal.
The project is regarded as a pilot project with a two-year life span. It is believed that at the end of the two year period residents, especially women and the youth, will have been empowered sufficiently to manage the project on their own.
The European Union has made R400 000 available for this project and has invited various stakeholders, such as the Metro Economic Development, Durban Africa and KZN Tourism, to make an input so that the project can be successful.
The project is scheduled to kick off in May, but before training begins, there will be a needs assessment study to determine what training is appropriate.
Contact details:
Interested crafters should contact Maggie Dladla at SDT on 519 1716 or Sthembile Cele at CMDA on 261 6640.


Fund named after struggle stalwart

Members of the community gathered at the Chesterville community hall recently to honour the late Mary Thipe, by naming an education fund in her name. Mary Thipe was born in a village called Ramhlakoane in the Matatiele district in 1917. She later moved to Umkhumbane and joined the liberation struggle in 1952. For her efforts she was detained, arrested and banned for five years. It was a difficult life for a woman with five daughters and one son to fend for. The education fund was launched to help support poor children who wish to further their studies, but don’t have the money to do so. “It is important to have a fund that will assist needy people who desire to further their studies. It is a contribution to the struggle to liberate mankind from the shackles of poverty,” said Maggie Thipe, grand daughter of Mary.

The late Mary Thipe receiving an award from the Indian
High Commission for her part in the struggle for liberation.


Safety program on track

The partnership between the City of Durban and its twin sister, the City of Leeds in the United Kingdom is still very much on track. A delegation from Leeds visited Cato Manor recently to assess the preparations that have been made with regards to the Cato Manor Community Safety projects.
Cato Manor was chosen to pilot a community safety project by the Durban Metro Executive Committee, which is working with its counterparts in Leeds on the project.
To kickstart the project a team of researchers was tasked to conduct a crime audit in the area. Among other things the audit aims to determine the social and physical characteristics of the area, what crime prevention activities are in place, and to prioritise specific problem areas.
It is hoped that this survey will make it possible to identify interventions that are necessary and to resolve conflicts between different stakeholders who have an interest in safety and security.
“The beauty of the process is that it involves the very people who are affected by crime on a day to day basis i.e the community,” said Sbu Xulu, the project manager of the Cato Manor Safety Project.
“Consulting and engaging the community in the planning process will help establish community concerns. We will also be able to identify grey areas in terms of reported and unreported crimes, and match this information against police data. There is a moratorium on the release of crime statistics by the police, which creates difficulties in terms of painting a picture of the crime situation in the area.”
According to Sbu, the next phase of this programme will be to engage the community and service providers in focus group discussions. These will provide a platform for feedback, and will empower communities to actively participate in the crime prevention programmes.
Running parallel to the focus groups will be a process of collating crime statistics from local police stations.
If all goes well in terms of planning and the sourcing of funds, the project will be ready for implementation in July this year.


Get a super shine for your car
TOURISM PROJECT

Self-employment is still the best way of beating poverty. These sentiments were expressed by four young men from Cato Crest who have opened up their own small car wash business – the first of its kind in Cato Manor.
Super Shine Car Wash has now been open for a month and is already showing signs of becoming a force to be reckoned with in the car wash industry.
Most Cato Manor-based car owners patronise car washing services in either Sydenham or Overport. This is an inconvenience to most people as it means more mileage and more fuel spent.
Super Shine Car Wash is the brain child of Thembinkosi Shanganse and Nkosingiphile Nkosi. Both have cars and both live in Cato Crest, where most roads are untarred and become very muddy when it rains. “We used to go to Sydenham to have our cars cleaned before we went to town. In Sydenham we saw many people from Cato Manor who came to wash their cars so we decided to open our business near the creche in Molver Road. But the location did not make us popular with the nearby community so we decided to move to the corner of Molver and Cato Manor Roads. At first it was not easy as it is council land that is earmarked for development. But after a few eviction notices and meetings, we were able to come to an agreement that allows us to operate on a temporary basis,” said Thembinkosi.
For just R10 Super Shine can give your car a thorough clean and vacuum – so how about supporting a local business.

Trainee Tour Guides wanted

The CMDA is facilitating the development of tourism products in Cato Manor and would like to interview residents from Cato Manor who are interested in training as tour guides. We are looking for dedicated people with a passion for their community and commitment to promoting Cato Manor as an interesting tourist destination. Some knowledge of the history of Cato Manor during the 1940’s and 1950’s and knowledge of the new developments would be an advantage. Requirements

  • 1. Have an excellent command of the English language. An additional language such as German, French or Spanish would be an advantage.
  • 2. Have a minimum educational standard of Matric.
  • 3. Be computer literate.
  • 4. Apply in writing providing references from community leaders, employers and proof of qualifications.
  • 5. Show evidence of community involvement, service and understanding of social issues.
  • 6. Provide a telephone number where you can be contacted for an interview.
  • 7. Be a full time resident of Cato Manor.

Apply in writing to: Tour Guide Training Project, Communications Manager CMDA: P O Box 30230, MAYVILLE 4058 Closing date for applications: 18th May 2001.

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