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.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Slovo Park Project was presented at the 2011 Architectural Student Congress held in Port Elizabeth.
Being very busy with our Master Dissertation, we only flew in to present the story of Slovo, in hopes of sharing the project with the students of the country. The fact that the Des Baker Competition brief was for a small rural school, we felt this would be n aspiring project to showcase.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the presentaton was seen by only a handful of students and lectures. Although this happens at these types of events, it was a dissapointment as we feel this project has much to offer and inspire students of South Africa.
Below is a short video we included in the presentation.
On a happier note, we made contact with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Architectural Department who were very excited about possibly doing a similar project in their area.
We also found that a group of University of Kwa-Zulu Natal's 3rd year class had seen the website earlier and, inspired from the story, had started their own project in their project.
In all a good trip in light of the organizational mishaps.
Looking forward to what else will come from this.