Non-Motorised Transport Operators: Integral Linkages in the Informal Economy

Sarah Heneck With the world’s ever-expanding urban population and the need to focus on environmentally friendly modes of transport in order to decrease carbon emissions, non-motorized transport (NMT) has become a major focus for city planners. Those who use cycling and walking as their means of commuting to and from work are generally at the … Read more

Reflecting on 2018: Part 2

Rebecca Plumbley As we reach the end of 2018, we look back on ten significant projects and events that happened this year. This is Part 2 of the list. 6. Herb Market Fire On the 29th of July a fire destroyed around a third of the Traditional Herb and Medicine Market, burning the stock and … Read more

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

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

Redefining “Clean-up” of informality

Tasmi Quazi & Richard Dobson After a scan of the past month’s news coverage, it is evident that informal workers across various metropolitan cities in South Africa have been experiencing extreme harassment. Some of these have occurred under the guise of inner-city “clean-up” operations which on paper and rhetoric speak of development aims in relation … Read more

Reflection on a Field Trip to AeT’s Cardboard Recycling Project

Compiled by Tasmi Quazi As part of its dissemination strategy, Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) has welcomed the challenge of presenting its project work to interested audiences, particularly students.  This is because of AeT’s belief that a young audience can influence and contribute significantly to the future assimilation of informal workers into urban environments. Accordingly, close to … Read more

Markets of Warwick Profiled in Open City Projects

Tasmi Quazi The Markets of Warwick Project was visited by another professional with a perceptive eye and understanding of development, Kristin Neudorf, a public health research consultant and contributor to the Open City Projects. With a fresh perspective to urban design and planning, Open City Projects aims to elevate the role of public space in … Read more