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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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 23: Build day 4 - The Painting Team



The second post box was primed in record time , with the help of Slovo's youngest volunteers. It was a messy situation for a while, but the outcome produced by the team,aged between four and ten was astounding. Some lessons learnt:

A four year old armed with a roller full of paint is a potentially chaotic situation.

A team lead by an older child,an "out liner",and a third team mate to "colour in", works best,and everybody learns.
Everybody wants the "cool" brush,so they should be the same.Plan plan plan. So many volunteers and not enough containers and trays for the paint

And finally, we are grateful for the fact that it was water based,with Slovo's little helpers returning home some what more colourful than they had been in the morning.