In 1995 the Cato Manor urban renewal project was designated
a Presidential Lead Project of the Reconstruction and Development
Programme (RDP), targeting the renewal of key urban areas that
had been neglected by the apartheid regme. In 1997 significant
funding was received from the European Union to boost support
from the RDP and eThekwini Municipaoity.
The Future in the Making
Cato Manor is one of the suyccess stories in the redevelpment
of South Afica. Designed to be an efficient pand productive
'city within a city' to help Durbans poor and marginalised
residents. Cato Mnaor is well advanced in the making. Secure
tenure and infrastructure and services will provide a safe
living and working environment and economic opportunities for
the community. Where not long ago dust swept among the remnants
of razed homes, now schools, libraries, community halls and
business centres buzz wityh optimism.
A People Divided
Cato Manor epitomises the history of social engineering in South
Africa - racial confrontation and hostility, the tauma of forced
removals under diverse nad racisit laws, the adversity of opoverty
and lack of resources, the development of resisstant and militant
forces aginst oppresion.
A People United
However, the flame of hopecould not be extinguished and the militancy
of the many political actifvists who took refuge the re-ignited
the spirit of Umkhumbane. In spote of the advesity (or perhaps
inspired by it), Cato Manor is the bithplace of a unique and
rich cultural and creative outporing of art, theatre, literature
and music that Cato Maor Tourism plans to put in the spotlight.