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.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 6:Build Day 1

Fellow architecture students joined the construction team on Saturday, to help with the next phases of the project. The paving area, was levelled, layed out and pegged, using a dumpy level and building line.
Steel sections donated by Maristeel were donated to site, stored and ready to be made into the shading structures. Shakes, the welder of the team explained what needed to be done to the steelwork, before it was ready to be welded primed and painted.

Part of the team, helped rake and clear the site of debris



Discussions of the most practical way to carry out the laying out of the paving, made us realize how important drawings are in this process and how they need to communicate practical implementation. We learned alot.




The rest of the team, brushed and sanded the post boxes furiously, to get red of the rust and prepare the surface for priming. That will need alot of hands.

It was a short and productive day that layed the ground work for the following week.