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, February 19, 2018

Slovo Electricity 2018

The Slovo Park community's request for electricity has finally been granted, after a decades-long battle with The City of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, has launched the city’s electrification of the Slovo Park informal settlement in partnership with City Power. He was accompanied by MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Service Delivery Nico de Jager and MMC for Housing Mzobanzi Ntuli.

Previous governments have rejected their requests in the past, but the current multi-party government has managed to deliver on this long outstanding service.



Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba during the pre-electrification
launch at Slovo Park.
Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/Africa News Agency (ANA).



Sources:

Anon, (2018). Slovo Park informal settlement to be electrified. [online] Available at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-02-18-slovo-park-informal-settlement-to-be-electrified/ [Accessed 23 Apr. 2018].

Mashaba, S. (2018). Power set to be switched on in Slovo Park | The Star. [online] Iol.co.za. Available at: https://www.iol.co.za/the-star/news/power-set-to-be-switched-on-in-slovo-park-13379376 [Accessed 23 Apr. 2018].