The Business of Informal Recycling in “Business Day” Newspaper

Richard Dobson & Tasmi Quazi There has been renewed media interest in AeT’s Inner-City Cardboard Recycling Project which has been featured in one of South Africa’s premium financial newspapers, Business Day, on 24 March 2014 in Page 7. The article written by Patricia McCracken focuses on the socio-economic benefits of informal recycling as a livelihood […]

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Durban Informal Recyclers Celebrate International Waste Pickers’ Day

Tasmi Quazi 1st of March marks International Waste Pickers’ Day, in memory of the massacre in Colombia in which 11 waste pickers were brutally killed at the University of Barranquilla. For the past 21 years since this horrific event, waste pickers/informal recyclers have continued fighting for recognition of their work.   Although the day is marked […]

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The Dennis Hurley Centre – A Model for Inclusive Development

Patrick Ndlovu & Tasmi Quazi  AeT’s role within the development of the Dennis Hurley Centre linked to the historic Emmanuel Cathedral – situated at the heart of Durban’s inner city – is to ensure the inclusion of informal workers in the precinct throughout the process.  AeT’s primary role has been to facilitate better engagement between […]

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Achieving Together: AeT Intern 2013 Regional “Architectural Student of the Year”

Tasmi Quazi AeT intern Mongezi Ncube from University of KwaZulu-Natal was selected as the regional winner of the 2013 “Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year”. This is the successive year that an AeT intern has won this prestigious student competition, the 2012 winner being, Dennis-Lee Stols.   Mongezi’s thesis explored urban informality as a generator […]

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Markets of Warwick Tours celebrate its achievements!

Written by Phumzile Xulu & Photo-essay by Tasmi Quazi The end of the year brings that opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and to prepare for the year ahead. The Markets of Warwick Tour project, a community tourism product from Warwick Junction had an opportunity to do an annual review this year, […]

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An alternate and inclusive retail model for Durban

Compiled by Tasmi Quazi & Zoe Horn Project Leader of Asiye eTafuleni (AeT), Richard Dobson, has written an opinion-editorial article which appeared in the local newspaper, the Sunday Tribune Business KZN supplement, on 8 December 2013 on page 6 under the theme “Planning”. The article was prompted by the need for more open debate about […]

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Serving in Warwick: An Altruist Initiative by Informal Traders

Kara van Schilfgaarde & Tasmi Quazi As an intern at Asiye eTafuleni (AeT), Kara was given the opportunity to engage with the women of “Senzokwethu”, a group of informal traders who run a soup kitchen every morning for the patients of the Centre for Communicable Diseases based in Warwick Junction. As an act of community […]

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Redefining “Clean-up” of informality

Tasmi Quazi & Richard Dobson After a scan of the past month’s news coverage, it is evident that informal workers across various metropolitan cities in South Africa have been experiencing extreme harassment. Some of these have occurred under the guise of inner-city “clean-up” operations which on paper and rhetoric speak of development aims in relation […]

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AeT’s Renewed Vision: Inclusive Urban Design & Planning as a Driver of Change

Tasmi Quazi The Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) team appeared in the weekly edition of the Mail & Guardian newspaper as one of the highlights of the past 25 years of its annual “Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change” Awards platform. Under 2011, the article shows a picture of the AeT team at the awards […]

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Can artistic expression dignify the informal economy?

Tasmi Quazi & Richard Dobson After touring the Markets of Warwick, local photographer, Mike Van Heerden, published a captivating album of his experience on the Ocean Driven Media blog.   For AeT, the images portray strong and purposeful individuals engaged in informal livelihood strategies that enable them to support their dependents. Within the arts and […]

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