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.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Day 3:Destruction of Toilets
After we left the community organised themselves in breaking down the surrounding structure of two pit latrines as well as transporting gravel to site.
They organised for a 'honey-sucker' to empty the pit latrine and then proceeded to fill the holes with soil and gravel. We had thought about using the contents of the pit latrine to fertilize the new trees to be planted but were concerned about the "relaxer" content of the waste, as there is a hairdresser across from the toilets.