The Urban Futures Centre is a transdisciplinary research centre based at the Durban University of Technology. The centre staff work on engaged research that uses an imaginary lens towards social justice and inclusivity to improve the quality of everyday life and the environment in the city. Dr. Kira Erwin headed up the Fishers Tale project with SDCEA, and Karen Ijumba managed the digital storytelling for Fishers’ Tales.
The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance is an environmental justice organization based in South Durban, South Africa. It is made up of 19 affiliate organizations and has been active since its formation in 1995. It is a non-government organization existing solely on finances sourced from funders and sponsors in order to remain totally independent. It makes no profit and exists solely for the benefit of the people it represents. Sherelee Odayar headed up the Fishers’ Tales project with the UFC.
Thabisile Gumede did the creative writing and story editing for the project. She is a Communications and Media Specialist whose experience spans over a decade. She is passionate about writing and social science research. Her extensive experience in the communication field was honed as a journalist at various National, Regional and Community newspapers. Thabisile holds a Master of Journalism Degree from the Durban University of Technology.
Rohini Amratlal is a Durban artist working with a range of materials to make drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations. She focuses on her personal experiences and connections she develops with various people, touching on matters of race, love and loss and identity in post- apartheid South Africa. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from the Durban University of Technology and is an Art Theory Tutor and Student Assistant at the university Art Gallery. She co-curated An Unfurling at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban in 2020. The most recent of her ten plus group exhibitions was Material is Metaphor at the Ammazulu Garden and Sculpture Precinct in Kloof (2021).
Zimvo Nonjola, who is known and goes by the Aphiwe is a 27 year old 3rd year photography student at DUT. Originally from Johannesburg she specializes in abstract photography.
Kenneth Shandu, originally from KwaMbonambi in KwaZulu-Natal, is a South African practicing contemporary artist who works with a range of materials to make drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations. Currently based in Durban his work addresses issues of economically marginalization in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Through his work, Kenneth expresses his critical views and heartfelt emotions on the above subject inspired by the everyday experiences of small farmers from rural areas. Kenneth has received several awards for his work and won the Emma Smith Art Scholarship award from the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Kenneth has participated and exhibited in several group exhibitions in Durban, Stellenbosch, and Johannesburg.
Doung Anwar Jahangeer is a Mauritian-born architect/artist/performer, who has lived in South Africa since 1992. He works with the transformative role of creativity in building safer and more livable cities. Doung was one of the founders of the interdisciplinary creative collective dala in Durban and is currently completing his PhD at the Durban University of Technology. Doung continues to engage in creative research and practice in South Africa and elsewhere.