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, July 15, 2013

Initial Workings

After many hours spent in the studio and online, trying desperately to get a coherently structured and logical plan of action together we finally made a return to Slovo. We arrived in the early afternoon with little direction and a with many unknown unknowns regarding the planned build for the week but our attitude was – and still is – that we take it as it comes.


Mohau advised that the build overlap with concurrent Community Work Programme (CWP) clean-up projects led by Lerato and that they start digging the foundation holes for the gum pole columns in preparation for the build on Mandela Day. We were hesitant to proceed because many students would be away for this day but we took a chance and agreed to go ahead. So with spraypaint and stones we marked out the site and made our way back home to try and rally some more support and materials for the upcoming build.