THE ROAD FROM CAPE TO CAIRO, FROM DREAM TO REALITY

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BERG Eugène

by Eugène BERG

2015-06-18
 

The idea of establishing a North-South transport corridor in Africa dates back to the end of the 19th century when the legendary concept of the link from Cape to Cairo was launched by the famous Empire builder and entrepreneur Cecil John Rhodes, one of the very few people to have given his name to a country, Rhodesia. It was an era of imperial ideas, sweeping vision and great projects which were part of the saga, now definitively in the past, of the “White man’s burden”. The project did not come to fruition in Rhodes’s lifetime and it was only long after his death that this link began to be created, but was never fully completed.

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