Slovo Park forgotten ?
The provision of services seems to be a sore point in many informal settlements across the country, that has also led to a number of service delivery protests. What many take for granted with turning on the tap and getting water and clicking a switch to get electricity is but a wish to some.
22 years into democracy there are communities who still don’t have basic services. One such community is Slovo Park.
In April this year the south Gauteng High Court ordered the City of Johannesburg to spend R370 million on around 10 000 formal houses for residents in Slovo Park informal settlement in the south of Joburg.
Residents went to court, arguing that government had failed to provide them with services despite promises made 20 years ago. Imagine electrical wires hanging over you head while walking home on a rainy day. Having to raise children in such conditions
Prior to the court victory, an 11-year-old boy from nearby Eldorado Park was electrocuted while playing in the area in September 2015.Despite the tragedy and the court ruling, little seems to have been done to make Slovo Park and its surrounding streets safe for living.
When KayaNews visited the area this week, we found a mass illegal network with dozens of wires running hundreds of meters on the road, leading into Nancefield. It is hard to comprehend how any child survives daily in the informal settlement which is home to one of the biggest illegal networks in the south rand.
Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba meanwhile says the new council has inherited the ANC’s budget and they have overlooked areas like Slovo Park throughout their term in office. Following KayaNews coverage on the situation in the area, Mayor Mashaba has however committed to pressuring City Power to deal with the illegal connections as a matter of urgency.
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