Reflecting on 2018: Part 1

­Rebecca Plumbley As we reach the end of 2018, we look back on ten significant projects and events that happened this year. 1. World Resources Institute: Ross Prize Top 5 On the 12th of December, it was announced that AeT is one of the top 5 for the World Resources Institute’s Ross Prize. The prize … Read more

Exciting Infrastructure Project for Waste Pickers- Under Construction

Rebecca Plumbley Informal recycling is a well-established activity in Durban. Recycling paper and cardboard is an important element in the domestic paper-making industry,[1] as well as being vital to the government’s green economy strategy. Waste pickers salvage cardboard in public spaces as well as from local shops with whom they have developed relationships; they then … Read more

Global Waste Pickers’ Day: The Plea to Formal Businesses & Government for Support

Written by Tasmi Quazi, Photographs by Tasmi Quazi, Andile Ndlovu & Ntombizandile Krakra What was an ordinary start of the month for most, was a jubilant one for a group of inner-city recyclers of Durban, South Africa. To honour Global Waste Pickers’ Day (also called Global Recyclers’ Day) on the 1st of March, the Pine … 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

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

“Waste Not Want Not”

Compiled by Tasmi Quazi, based on an article by Patricia McCracken The Inner-city Cardboard Recycling Project  has been profiled in the Autumn 2012 edition of Business in Durban in an article titled “Waste Not Want Not” written by journalist Patricia McCracken and featured on pages 38-40.  She writes primarily about the “Friends of the Recyclers” … Read more

Collaborative Urban Management

By Tasmi Quazi, Mxolisi Cele & Richard Dobson There is a critical benefit which enhanced infrastructure brings to informal workers, such as access to basic shelter and services as water and electricity, and urban management in terms of cleanliness, safety and security.  However, an often neglected aspect of infrastructure provision is the after-care of infrastructure … Read more

A Positive Story of Street Justice

By Tasmi Quazi, Pictures taken by Prakash Bhika, Tasmi Quazi & Dennis Stols Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) has been working closely with two groups of inner-city cardboard recyclers on the Imagine Durban Cardboard Recycling Project since 2009. One of the groups in Palmer Street consists of both male and female recyclers. Through the project process, it … Read more

“Maria – Queen of Cardboard”

Tasmi Quazi On observing informal cardboard recycler Maria Vilakazi at her workplace, Journalist Pralini Naidoo has written a fascinating article for the environmental magazine, the Green Times on 10th February 2012. Maria is a participant of the Imagine Durban Cardboard Recycling Project which was implemented by Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) for just over 2 years. Pralini … Read more