Enabling Structures: Markets of Warwick Junction

An exhibition on Durban’s contribution to city making, that also celebrates the diverse livelihoods represented by the markets which form a substantial part of Durban’s local economy. The exhibition Enabling Structures: Markets of Warwick Junction by designworkshop:sa and Asiye eTafuleni, was originally showcased at the 2016 International Architecture Exhibition Biennale in Venice, Italy, and viewed … Read more

The Significance of WIEGO’s 20th Birthday

  Tasmi Quazi Founded in mid-1997, Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO) has been a pioneer in advocating for and with informal workers at numerous levels – in shaping new and innovative approaches to research, organising, policy formulation and development practice. 2017 marks WIEGO’s 20th year of existence which is being celebrated by … Read more

Africa Architecture Awards 2017- Lessons, reflections and observations

Roanne Moodley Phil Mashabane, the 2017 Africa Architecture Awards ambassador, in his inaugural written piece about this year’s Awards, said  that “Local people take their knowledge for granted; it’s part of their daily lives… This creates important space for dialogue – critical dialogue” This was the first year that the “Critical Dialogue” category was included … Read more

Technology and the Future of Work

Erik Lønne In 2014, in partnership with WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing) and Practical Action, Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) played a central part in a research project exploring the role and impact of technology used by informal workers, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The project, aptly named “Technology and the Future of Work”, … Read more

Reflecting on 2016 and Beyond: Part 2 of 2

Tasmi Quazi This article is the second part of a reflection piece of our work in 2016 and after much deliberation, we selected 16 major events or projects to highlight, much of which is continuing into the present year. Part 1 covered organisation milestones such as new funding support, project achievements particularly those breaking new … Read more

Reflecting on 2016 and Beyond: Part 1 of 2

Tasmi Quazi As AeT concluded 2016, it provided the opportune moment to reflect on our organisation and our work. We identified over 20 things on a list, but will share the top 16, wide-ranging events and project work which have impacted and continue to impact the organisation: 1. Cape Town @Work: AeTs’s replicability AeT delivered … Read more

The Markets of Warwick Tour: celebrating its growth in September Tourism month

Tasmi Quazi In South Africa, both heritage month and tourism month are celebrated annually in September. Within this timely context, the Markets of Warwick tour contributed to the celebration of both heritage and tourism by holding a graduation ceremony for its 8 newly trained tourist guides on 21 September 2016, to make up a total … Read more

Warwick Junction and AeT in the Spotlight: “Enabling Structures” at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition Biennale in Venice, Italy

Photo taken by Emilia Bonsembiante, received from Michael Flanagan at designworkshop:sa Annalise Mathers The International Architecture Exhibition Biennale is widely recognized as one of the most famous and prestigious artistic events in the world. This year, marking the 15th edition of the Exhibition entitled “Reporting from the Front”, is being held from May 28th to November … Read more

Kanyenathi: Presenting the Audit Findings

Tasmi Quazi On December 2015, Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) presented the findings of the participatory Infrastructure Audit conducted by a research team of largely trained informal workers (also referred to as traders), assisted by researchers and AeT staff earlier in the year. 23 informal worker representatives from 3 significant informal economy districts selected for the Kanyenathi … Read more