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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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 15:Gum Poles, Post Boxes & Bricks


During the week, the team managed to make the first alterations to the post box which have changed the entire feel of the boxes as they stand.


The walls were started and due to a lack of brick supply we moved our energies towards erecting the gum poles.

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.
Setting out was crucial as the poles had specific role in the visual axis of the site.





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