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 26, 2010

Day 13: Landscaping


The week began with a great start, the donated tress arrived on site already to be planted in their painstakingly dug holes.



It was amazing to see the effect the placement of the trees had on site. They really hold the space and soften the hard feel the site already has.



The trees are all supplemented with a short piece of piping found on site to allow for water access straight to the roots and the trees around the future water point having specially designed drainage pipes from the water stand's catchment area.

Motivated by the trees, we placed the first of our vertical elements into the equally strenously dug holes. The process of resolving the details as to how we're going to put keep the poles up (and straight) was met with a great debate ending with an agreed process of oiling the section that will be in the ground, placement of reinforced stakes into the pole and 500mm of concrete as a collar to hold the gum pole in place.