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Marcela Guerrero Casas

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Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Marcela Guerrero Casas is passionate about cities and public space. Marcela holds a master's in public administration and international affairs from Syracuse University and has worked in policy and advocacy for over a decade.

Marcela moved to Johannesburg in 2006 and worked in Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Kenya before moving permanently to Cape Town in 2011. In 2012, Marcela co-founded Open Streets, a citizen-led organisation working to transform how streets are perceived, utilised and experienced. Marcela is also a co-founder of SUR Collective, a platform for cultural exchange between Latin American and sub-Saharan African countries. In 2015, Marcela was one of 200 Young South African achievers recognised by the Mail and Guardian

The healthy way to get around our cities

Cape Town, like any urban area, is a city on the move. You can see it in every corner of its 2 461km2 metropolitan area,…

Public space: a culture of belonging

The city where I live colours the experience I have on this planet and it frames my future, not just my present. The lack of…

Healthy cities are made of engaged citizens

If health is the absence of disease, then in the urban context, one might think achieving it is impossible. Yet in the past couple of…

Let’s set 2017 in motion

The notion of ‘movement’ has been on my mind lately. Blame it on the mood the New Year tends to bring about; the impetus to…

Let’s remember, some things still work

These are troublesome times, all over the world. Challenges are real and there is no point in pretending it’s all going to be okay. Let’s…

Waging peace: A human undertaking

“You and I are simple social by-products,” said Vusi as we engaged in a heated discussion over the weekend. A younger me would have tried…

Awakening the guardian within

I remember my mother speaking of “guardian angels” when I was a child. Though I became sceptical of their existence as I grew up, those…

It’s that time of the year: Women’s Month

The notion of being “a woman” vis-à-vis some other type of specimen has been in my mind lately. Blame the great advertising apparatus that kicks…