– South Africa Slovo Park Sees New Up Lift
– Over 20 years of independence, citizens in Slovo Park are still suffering
– Court of Johannesburg ruled a statement for the upgrade of Slovo Park
Earlier on Tuesday morning, the court of Johannesburg ruled a statement for the upgrade of Slovo Park which was the home of 10,000 people living in about 3 700 shacks to the west of Johannesburg.
Over two decades now, the settlers in the park had been without water, electricity, proper health conditions, no road network and sanitation. The state had severally promised residents of the park these basic amenities, as the amount needed to foot this bill has been swindled several times.
Speaking at the judgment Judge Sherise Weiner stated “The City is directed to make an application to the MEC, for funding to upgrade the Slovo Park informal settlement in terms of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme within three months from the date of this order,”
Reacting over this, a park resident said he would now die a happy man following the court setting in motion a process that had been truncated in the development of the part of the past years.
Since the independence of South Africa over 20 years, it is now time for citizens to be happy as their dreams would be actualized with the new park in sight.
Slovo Park according to Slovo Park blog, it described the place 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 honor 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.
South Africa Slovo Park Sees New Up Lift
Their only tactics comprising of service delivery protest, painstaking formal requests for upgrade and currently a lawsuit against the City of Johannesburg.