All posts by Petrus Steyn

About Petrus Steyn

Medical doctor with a passion for a healthy, sustainable and urban future for Cape Town and South Africa.

Let’s get children playing in the Mother City

If children are the future, we seem to be very short-sighted when it comes to urban design. Very little, if any at all, of the current discourse on the type of cities we should be building in a democratic South Africa truly considers whether these cities will be child friendly. So how do we include children into the fabric of the city?

Cities as the cure to disease and poverty

Can a city be an inherently more healthy place?

Health, by the World Health Organisation definition, is “not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, but “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. Although often criticised, this definition is useful to broaden our perspectives and thinking on health – and urban planning.