Conference: Giving Voice to Women Traders in the Informal Economy

Tasmi Quazi On 13 and 14 April 2016, a conference exclusively for women traders – believed to be the first of its kind in Durban – was held with the support of the Foundation for Human Rights and implemented by Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Asiye eTafuleni (AeT). The conference deliberated on the significance, opportunities … 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

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

“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

The 1000th visitor to the Markets of Warwick

Friday 8th of July 2011 was a momentous morning for the Warwick Junction trading community including Asiye eTafuleni. Two separate Markets of Warwick tours were conducted with a total of 50 visitors, amongst which one was the 1000th guest!

Building off our foundations

On Friday the 1st of July 2011, Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) were all hands on deck having accomplished a confluence of different activities. This marked one of the busiest days yet experienced, and it has given us a new awareness of the great momentum we have gained on some of our major projects.

A Trader’s Story on the Challenges of Seeking Eye-Care

Mr Shaik Ahmed, an informal trader from the Brook Street Market, also fondly known as ‘Strongman’ by the trading community – proudly boasts 80 years of healthy life, except for the more recent problems with his sight. This was becoming a challenge because he is dependent on his eye-sight not only because he lives alone, … Read more

Friends of the Recyclers

Asiye Etafuleni invites formal businesses to support the Friends of the Recyclers programme. By donating your cardboard and paper waste to Imagine Durban cardboard recyclers, you can help to support the livelihoods of cardboard recyclers. If you would like to be involved in this initiative, please feel free to contact Tasmi Quazi on (031) 309 … Read more

Meet the Markets of Warwick’s newly qualified tour guides!

When the Markets of Warwick tour project was initiated, it was clear that the traders themselves would be the best tour guides to guide and showcase their markets. A trader was selected from each market to attend a tour guide training programme, and they all qualified as professional tour guides in December 2010.