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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Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 18:Parrallel Work: Preparation of Postboxes


Next step in the conversion of the post boxes from rusting urinals to useful shop/service counter.

We started by scraping off all the previous paint that was peeling off due to the rusting process. After most rust and loose paint was removed we continues to use a a grinder and steel brushes to remove any excess rust.
A base layer of primer was then applied to all surfaces of post box A. This proved to be quite a challenge to paint upside down ;)



It was a very valuable experience. One of the community members identified himself as a painter and decided that he would be "Paint Boss" for the duration of the project.

We were taught how best to use the resources we had: limited buckets, paintbrushes and rollers
He was very eager to teach any of us on the best way to paint, allowing for smooth finish!