Women recyclers taking care of the city

Misiwe Maphumulo and Sarah Heneck Recycling has a multitude of benefits; it protects the environment, saves the municipality money, and helps many people sustain their livelihoods. Let’s unpack this a little bit: Protecting the environment: Recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, plastic, cans and glass that are not recycled either ends up as litter in … Read more

Part 2 – Inclusive urban design and policy that dignifies the Os’gadla

(This blog forms part of a series, see Part 1: Os’gadla; an unrecognised, yet extremely robust workforce in transit) ‘By 2030, eThekwini Municipality will be Africa’s most caring and liveable city.’ This is the IDP vision for eThekwini – the municipality in which Durban is situated. In order to make this ambitious goal a reality, … Read more

Impacts of Coronavirus: An uncertain future for informal workers

Sarah Heneck The coronavirus (COVID-19) has made its way swiftly to all corners of the world and into all communities, but this pandemic disproportionately affects the most vulnerable members of society, in both health and economic terms (the latter will be the focus of this blog-post). Durban’s inner-city informal workers are some of most vulnerable … Read more

Imagine Durban Informal Recyclers Runner-up in the Community Conservation Award

Tasmi Quazi Participating informal recyclers of Asiye eTafuleni’s Imagine Durban Inner-City Informal Recycling Project were selected as runner-up in the Community Conservation Award category at a prominent awards ceremony on Thursday, 4 July at Summer Place in Johannesburg. In 2013, the Mail & Guardian’s annual Greening the Future awards celebrates a decade of honouring environmental … Read more

Inspirations from SA Youth Month 2013

Richard Dobson & Tasmi Quazi The commemoration of Youth month in South Africa is anchored around the 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising. On this ground-breaking day, a series of protests led by nearly 20, 000 high school students was catalysed, against marginalised education and the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local … Read more

AeT Intern Wins Prestigious Architectural Students’ Competition

Tasmi Quazi Every year, the prestigious “Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Competition” is held at a regional level at eight universities across South Africa in the run-up to the national finals.  Asiye eTafuleni’s (AeT) intern, Dennis Stols’ entry which proposed a recycling facility for the informal cardboard recyclers in the Durban CBD was the … Read more