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, November 2, 2010

Day 19: Benches and Paving works & Post Boxes

Tuesday morning the trenches for the foundations of the benches were prepared. All preparation works were checked to be level.



After excavating and levelling the formwork was constructed. We needed to make do with the material we had. The timber was short, irregularly shaped and simply not enough. Creative formwork construction was course for the day, with timber, steel sheet and bricks.


When the concrete arrived the excess was used as a blinding for the paving edge. 


The first post box is close to being completely sanded and primed.