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CapeTownMag Hero: Paul Steyn

Written by Garth Prins, Published In CapeTownMagazine on 15 December 2016.

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The Paul Steyn Foundation is a registered non-profit organization with the main purpose of providing prosthetic limbs to financially disadvantaged amputees who cannot otherwise acquire it.


The foundation relies mainly on donations from the public and small business. We have no large corporate donors and do not receive any funds from the government. We do from time to time get funds from a church that assists us on a case by case basis.


If we decide to assist an amputee with a prosthesis, we do emphasize to the person that it might take quite some time to get the funding together. Prosthetic limbs are not cheap, and we work on a budget of R50 000 to R80 000 per person. Getting that kind of money from the public and small businesses does take time.


From time to time, we do receive redundant prosthetics from the public. It has to be reconfigured for a new recipient as it is custom made to fit the person who will wear it. Whether we are able to assist a person with these used prosthesis, depends on a lot of factors, i.e.

    left or right leg amputation.

    above or below the knee amputation.

    the level of activity of the new recipient.

    the weight of the new recipient and of course

    the shoe size of the recipient.


Paul Steyn, the founder of the Paul Steyn Foundation, who is an amputee himself, is working tirelessly to get the foundation's funding to a point where we will be able to assist most, if not all, of the people that do approach us for help. Unfortunately at this stage, it is not possible and we have to decide very carefully who we assist with the funds at our disposal.


Our main criteria is that the prosthesis that we provide should make a huge difference in the recipient's life. We therefore tend to help younger people who can still lead as normal a life as possible with a prosthesis, and be able to get a job once they have received it.


We do however, add every single request we get to a database, just in case we receive a redundant prosthesis that might fit that person in future.


Before we decide to help, we generally want to meet the recipient.


The Paul Steyn Foundation do not help people who;

    Lost a limb in a car accident. The Road Accident Fund should be approached.

    Lost a limb in a work accident. The Workmen's Compensation Fund should be appraoched.

    Have a medical aid.

    Are waiting for any compensation related to the amputation of the limb. 



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Please complete this form. Please note that the information is for record purposes and your completing the form in no way obliges the Paul Steyn Foundation to assist you. Privacy Statement: The Paul Steyn Foundation undertakes not to share your personal information with any third party, unless you explicitly grant permission to us to do so. We will contact you should we need permission.

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