Work Experience on the Streets with Goucher College

By Tasmi Quazi Last week, two Professors and eight students from Goucher College based in Baltimore, USA, spent two and a half days with Asiye eTafuleni (AeT). The visit to urban and rural grass roots organisations in South Africa was designed as part of experiential learning for a course in “Civil Society and Social Change”. … Read more

Markets of Warwick Wins a Mayor’s Award for Excellence!

Tasmi Quazi On Friday evening of 7th December 2012, a significant moment and victorious closure to the year was realised for the Markets of Warwick Committee, the informal trading community of Warwick Junction in general, including Asiye eTafuleni (AeT). It was when the Markets of Warwick project received a Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the … Read more

AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Sustainable Architecture Awards

By Tasmi Quazi At the 2012 AfriSam-SAIA awards ceremony for Sustainable Architecture held in Johannesburg on the 3rd of October, Asiye eTafuleni’s (AeT) Inner-city Cardboard Recycling Project was commended for contributing to sustainable architecture in South Africa.  Being recognised at a national level within the architectural fraternity, provides a greater impetus in highlighting the role … Read more

Growing Importance of Informal Recycling with Growing Concerns of Climate Change

Compiled by Tasmi Quazi Two comprehensive articles on the role of informal recycling, or waste picking, nationally and internationally have been written by Mark Carras for Urban Earth and Stephen Charters for Sustainable Cities International, both citing Asiye eTafuleni’s Inner-city Cardboard Recycling Project  as a good practice example. Carras’ article titled “Waste pickers in South Africa”, … Read more

Reflection on Markets of Warwick & AeT

By Maya Potter, Compiled by Tasmi Quazi Maya Potter, anthropology major, interned with Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) this year, and after immersing herself in Warwick Junction, a major informal economy hub in Durban (South Africa) in which AeT is based, this was one of her colourful and perceptive reflection pieces: “There are two Durbans—Durban by car … Read more

Calls for Inclusivity at the World Urban Forum

By Tasmi Quazi On Monday 4th of September 2012, Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) and its international network partners of the Inclusive Cities project  held their first networking event at the sixth premiere conference, the World Urban Forum (WUF), being held in Naples (Italy) till 7 September.  This significant platform attracts an international melting pot of diplomats, mayors, city managers, … Read more

Cardboard Recycling Project in the News

By Tasmi Quazi  The Imagine Durban Cardboard Recycling Project being implemented by Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) since 2009 was featured in the Metro Ezasegagasini supplement of the local Mercury newspaper (6-19 July 2012, Page 5).  The article titled “Promoting cardboard recycling” written by Themba Khumalo talked about the positive impact of the Project, as he writes: … Read more

Markets of Warwick Wins Best Stall Award

Maya Potter & Photo compilation: Tasmi Quazi Last weekend, the Markets of Warwick (MoW) Project won the award for the best stall at The Durban International Boat and Lifestyle Show at the Durban Marina. It was a typical tourism event— marquees, metal fences, lanyards and an overflow of parking. There was a gentle breeze and the air … Read more

Pro Brono Legal Services for ‘Informal’ Traders

By Tasmi Quazi The Warwick Junction informal trading community and Asiye eTafuleni  (AeT) were featured in the May 2012 Issue, Number 22, of the ProBono.Org  newsletter.  ProBono. Org is a non-governmental organisation that works with the private legal fraternity to provide pro bono legal services to the poor, through specific identified cases and clients.  Their formation … Read more