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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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Community Presentation

This last Sunday was the first official presentation of the the intended design scheme. We met the community early on a windy morning.




 This proved to be quite difficult to set up our presentation, but we managed to arrange a sheet to protect the presentation area. This actually helped concrete our ideas for the need of a weather barrier to the North edge.


 At the first the presentation wasn't received as well as we expected, but then the community leader stepped in, translated and we started to see the reaction we were hoping for. 



In all the community gathered there were very enthusiastic, with several loud voices that offered services from carpentry to cooking meals for volunteers. In summary a very successful day, that brought much hope for the success of the project.

Community members signing up their skills for the project.