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.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Today we met with the community leaders and community forums, to discuss what needs to be done and organized within the community and with University, so that the first phase of site work can take place on Monday.
Details about what to present to the community at the public meeting were finalised. Plans of the proposed intervention were discussed, and sourcing of necessary skilled labour,power tools and outstanding material was delegated.
Sunday's meeting will be the first active start to the construction process, where everyone can get involved!