CapeTownMagazine.com

CapeTownMag Hero: Paul Steyn

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.
 
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

CapeTownMag Hero: Paul Steyn

One step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

Last Updated: 15 December 2016

In South Africa, hundreds of people lose their limbs to amputation for various reasons. According to Amputee.co.za, this changes how you see yourself both physically and emotionally. You may be overwhelmed by the effects that losing a limb has on your daily lifestyle. People are known to suffer from depression – while others turn it into a story of inspiration.

Paul Steyn is a 29-year-old amputee from Gordon’s Bay, who has done nothing but inspire the nation. Paul’s right leg was amputated after an accident at school in February 2000, when he was just thirteen-years-old. His foot was caught in the blades of a lawn mower while attending an agricultural school. Doctors tried their best to save his leg but after spending nine months in hospital, his leg was finally amputated. At 16-years-old, Paul was sponsored prosthesis. “It changed my life. I had to get by on crutches for three years and I was desperate to walk again,” he added. Paul’s determination to walk even led him to construct his own leg using a round bar and leather straps.

While studying at Boland College in Worcester, Paul was elected to the Student Representative Council and his portfolio was community involvement. It was during this time in his life that he found the capacity to change other people’s lives. Due to difficulties in keeping up with his studies, Paul decided to drop out in 2010. His experiences with the SRC prompted him to start The Paul Steyn Foundation a year later.

The Paul Steyn Foundation’s main objective is to raise funds to assist disadvantaged amputees, who have no other means to acquire it, with prosthetic limbs. Paul Steyn decided to do something most people labelled ‘impossible’ – walk 7000-km with one leg. The purpose of the walk was to raise funds, but more so to create awareness as to the plight of amputees in general. ”State services responsible for assisting amputees are grossly underfunded, and people are placed on waiting lists, some as long as seven years,” Paul explained.


Paul Steyn in Tulbagh, while doing his 7000-km journey. Image Credit: Paul Steyn Foundation Page

On Monday, 3 August 2015, Steyn set off on his 13-month journey through the nine provinces of South Africa. And after walking 7000-km, he arrived in Cape Town on Friday, 2 December 2016, right on time to share in the City of Cape Town’s International Day for people with disabilities celebrations at the Cape Town Stadium.

Paul’s foundation has been able to assist 16 amputees with prosthetic legs at a cost of R70000 per limb on average. Six of those have been assisted during his ‘big walk’. “I walk to demonstrate to those who have lost a leg, and to the public in general, the mobility that a prosthetic leg can provide to an amputee.”

Paul has one message for those who feel despondent because of their situation: “Never see yourself as disabled, but rather as differently-abled. Never dwell on what you can't do, but rather look at what you can still do. I do motivational talks, and my message is that with a positive attitude and belief in yourself and your God, you are able to achieve whatever you set your mind to, regardless of what situation you find yourself in.”

It is now with great pleasure and privilege that we present Paul Steyn with the title of CapeTownMagHero.

ABOUT #CapeTownMagHero:

#CapeTownMagHero is a new CapeTownMagazine.com project that tells of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The Mother City’s diverse people are what make our city great! We honour those who use their time to make other lives more pleasant by bringing you the story. Do you know a #CapeTownMagHero? Email your suggestions to news@capetownmagazine.com. You can follow #CapeTownMagHeroes on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter to track recent stories.

Cape Town Events Calendar
May 2017
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

amayzing race Lourensford Wine EstateThe aMAYzing Race at Lourensford Wine Estate

Join the fun in the Cape Winelands in aid of children with disabilities

Monark Winter Tour with MajoziMajozi Live at Quay Four

Catch this proudly South African act paired with views of the ocean at the V&A Waterfront.

Bubble Parade - 1The Global Bubble Parade in Green Point

You’ve simply never been to a parade like this one; a bubble wonderland!

Super Hero Dash - 2Super Hero Charity Dash

Don a cape and save the day!

Art of Meditation Cape TownThe Art of Meditation Cape Town

Discover inner peace through this three day course that teaches you the art of meditation with Mukesh Vassen.

The Backyard Grill Lounge RibsBBQ Ribs Special at The Backyard Grill Lounge

Savour succulent, sticky ribs for just R150 per kilogram on Wed, Sat and Sun

Markets3Sunday markets in and around Cape Town

Take it easy this Sunday at one of these great Sunday markets to take a stroll through

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Beer Pong and DJ Sundays Competition

Are you Cape Town’s next beer pong champ?

GONOW LogoGet 50% off Sunday Sunsets with GONOW Electric Bicycles!

Watch the sun set over the Sea Point Promenade from an electric two-wheeler at half the price!

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Children's Events Cape TownKids’ Party Special with Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag

Treat your little one to the ultimate military-style birthday bash and save R500

Bugz Playpark in Cape TownSunday Funday at Bugz Playpark

Every Sunday, CapeTownMagazine.com readers can enjoy a day of fun and learning with their children.

Kloof Street HouseSunday Lunch & Free Live Jazz at Kloof Street House in Cape Town

While away the last few hours of the weekend with some smooth tunes and good grub at this hidden gem

Glowing Rooms 3Glowing Rooms SA offers a special opening price!

Pay a special rate for entrance into SA’s first 3D space-themed glow-in-the-dark mini-golf adventure

grand-africa-cafe-and-beach-image-9Sundowner Sessions at Grand Africa Café & Beach

See out the weekend with a chill session at this iconic seaside destination in Cape Town

Camissa Tour 5 2015Sunday Gospel Experience with Camissa

Embark on a spiritual Sunday journey through one of the Mother City’s most soulful settlements

Springbok at Thali Thali Game Lodge West CoastSunday Lunch Buffet at Thali Thali Game Lodge

Cap off the weekend with a hearty, affordable spread at this family-friendly West Coast reserve

Piano Bar 2016 food and cocktails 4Date Night at The Piano Bar in Cape Town

Tuck into four tapas and a bottle of wine for R250 on Mondays at this intimate musical revue bar

cape town comedy club logoHalf-Price Sundays at Cape Town Comedy Club

Laugh 50% off top-notch entertainment every last day of the week at this one-stop-funny-shop

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.