- We focussed on preparing the existing framework for a layer of steel primer that would protect the frame for many more years to come.
- primed the whole structure
- started sanding and cleaning post box A, clearing the main opening of rust.
Slovo Park at a Glance
Slovo Park is situated in a politically and socially sensitive stretch of land south of Soweto. The community has been known by national government as Nancefield, by local council as Olifantsvlei and in the last five years as Slovo Park – named in honour of South Africa’s first minister of housing and former Umkhonto we Sizwe General, Joe Slovo.
The forced changing of identity reflects an on-going struggle faced by the leadership of Slovo Park to gain recognition as a legitimate settlement to access governmental support. This battle has been fought through constant shifts in governmental policy, power and promises for the community of Slovo Park. Their only tactics comprising of service delivery protest, painstaking formal requests for upgrade and currently a lawsuit against the City of Johannesburg.
Currently the community of Slovo Park with its development partners are strategizing this key social and political move.
THIS SITE SERVES AS A PORTAL FOR THE COMMUNITY OF SLOVO PARK & THE VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS TO SHARE THE JOURNEY OF RE-DEVELOPMENT.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
|The North Wall so far...|
These gum poles will provide shade structures for future meetings as well enhance the sense of place we are trying to create.
Getting the gum poles into the ground was quite a task.
The first step was getting them from across the site at their storage facility.
Digging the hole's proved tricky as we had compacted the ground previously and had to miss the previous pit latrine holes.
As the gum poles were donated, they were not all the same length and requried cutting. While we were busy with that a young lady from the community decided she wanted to help, and knew better than the guys on site...
|Slovo lady, showing the guys how its done.|
After being cut the gum poles were treated with engine oil to prevent insects from attacking the base.
|Shaiks holding the gum pole in place.|
Fianlly the concrete was poured and allowed to dry. This detail is very simple and we managed to complete the gum poles in one day.
|Working drawing for Gum Poles & Paving Details|
The final jpy of the day was after speaking Corobrik, Lawley, they offered us some of their discarded stock to assist us in the site construction.
|500 half bricks from Corobrik, Lawley|
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
There was some confusion about the drawings and where the wall ended and which bonds should be used where. As students we suddenly realized the importance of dimensions in a drawing and that they actually have to make sense, as to the order in which things are built and where elements are set out from.
The Post boxes took a long while to get loose. Already rusted and vandalized these unused and damaged structures have great potential, to be given a second life, and play a productive role in the community.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
- Steel _ 15
- Sandpaper sanding disc _ 20
- Grinding discs _ 3
- Primer _ 30 litres
- IBR sheeting (clear) _ 2 panels
- Paint brushes _ 15
- Nuts, bolts, washers _ 5bags (14x35m) bags
- Wattle lats standard _ 60
- Shuttering (timber planks) _ 20 (250x38mm)
- Chicken wire _ 90m2
- brickforce _ 2 rolls
- bricks - 3000
- cement 50kg bags - 25 bags (thank you Builders Warehouse!)
- brickforce - 4 rolls Building sand 10m3
- Steel pegs (500mm) - 40
- Construction line - 4
- Concrete lintels - 115m length
- Pavers - 250m2
- River sand - 50m3
- Pvc piping - 22mm 4m
- Connections t-joints - 4
- Primer - 40litres
- Paint brushes - 15
- Turpentine - 10 bottles
- Paint pans/buckets - 10
- compost 10kg bags - 5 bags
- trees Indigenous - 10
- grass - 50m2
- Grass blocks - 20m2
Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist with any of these.
Slovo Park Team
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The first task of the day, was propping up the steel structure so that it was level with the foundation walls.The brittle existing slab which initially was meant just to be chipped, was instead broken up into small pieces, and reused as a substrate.
The bobcat moved soil into the foundation walls, where after it was levelled by hand with spades and rakes, and compacted by the roller.
Walter, the roller operator his colleagues and the community helped us set out the pegs for the paving excavation, grading and compacting it,so that stormwater does not dam in the centre.
The post boxes were moved to their final positions made level, and supported by concrete lintels.All that is left to complete is to treat the soil, so that grass does not grow, but otherwise the site is ready for the next step tomorrow morning
Sunday, October 17, 2010
There was much debate as to how much should be mixed in at a time and consensus was reached to add 3 bags per cube which would be exactly all of cement.
Work commenced in the mixing of concrete just north of the building with all the debates continuing until Frank Mapara arrived with his voice of reason (he had been away at his mothers funeral who had died at the age of 115) Mapara showed them how to step the foundation and how to use a spirit level to asses the horizontally of the footing.
I left at 10am to attend a meeting with government and piki-tup with regards to their clean-up campaign which will take place on the 21st. i asked Piki-tup if we could use there TLB again and they were very obliging and stated we could have it on the 20th before there campaign.
When I returned the foundation was just about finished but needed 3 more bags of cement to be completed, so we returned to Kliptown but this time we were only given one bag of cement.
After we finished casting the foundation everyone was pretty exhausted after a very long week, we discussed what needed to be done next and resolved to think about it on Saturday.