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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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DAY 2: The Cleanup

We arrived on site, along with positive weather and spirits.


The site as we arrived ,untouched...

The children of Slovo Park greeted us with smiles.

The students a bit overwhelmed... " Where do we start ? "

Clearing of the site got off to a better note with the incentive of some shade.
Photo by Kyle Blake.

While the students were busy clearing the site, the children were going about their day- playing on their version of a "swing". Creative little thinkers!!!

Meanwhile the boys were doing something a little more risky...These kids are fearless.
Photo by Kyle Blake.

Setting out of the trenches was next and so the digging officially began..
Photo by Kyle Blake.
The students getting the hang of it.

Ricardo really getting into it.
The existing truck on the site that the design was formed around.

The boys "thinking " that it would be easy to move that rock. Travis " C'mon Reynard I think I can do it". Reynard " haha, I dont think so Travis ".

Digging of the trenches for the main slab just about complete.

Melissa cleaning up the last of the dirt.



Ricardo taking some time off to play with the kids .
Photo by Kyle Blake.



Some of the community members joined us to help clear the site. ( They also proved to have a lot more strength than us.)


The site at the end of Day 2-trenches dug and site cleared. It was a lot more work than any of us expected but seeing the difference in the site was worth it.