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  • The Salvokop neighbourhood is an interesting example of a (post)apartheid inner city neighbourhood, where the majority of residents who are in their 20s now, grew up post-1994. The space is currently highly contested between public land ownership and a growing population of tenants seeking secure tenure, many of whom lived in Salvokop since the early 1990s. There are two small but growing informal settlements with a few 100 people, as well as approximately 800 backyard shacks. 

  • The area hosts a primary school, a church and community centre, and a skills development centre. It is also the main access route to the Freedom Park Monument, and recently Statistics South Africa, the national department responsible for census and statistic management, had their headquarters moved into a purpose-built office park in the Salvokop precinct. 

  • There is a future plan for Salvokop which centers very much around government headquarters, and currently is silent on the future of the residents of Salvokop. 

Description - Salvokop


  • Primary school and community- and child care centres

  • Local residents’ and development forum

  • A mix of stand-alone houses, a small informal settlement and backyard dwellings

  • 82 social housing units

  • A vacant 60-bed shelter for street boys

  • Headquarters for a national government department

  • Skills training programme



How can an old, run-down inner city neighbourhood be revitalized into a vibrant mixed-income, mixed-use smart neighbourhood, without displacement of people?

Research Actions

  • Documenting actions taken before in a Status Quo report

  • Supporting the Salvokop Residents Forum & Salvokop Development Forum 

  • Supporting informed participation of Salvokop residents in building a future vision for this neighbourhood

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