Business Books

The fascinating story of the masterminds behind Southern Africa’s megastructures

Tony Murray’s “Megastructures and Masterminds” takes you inside some of the most extraordinary construction projects in Southern Africa.

Every captivating chapter dissects the creation of major structures.

“Megastructures and Masterminds” also tells the tales of the civil engineers behind these megaprojects.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Murray for his weekly business book review.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

The Sugar Bridge is a rather insignificant bridge over a rather insignificant river. Except it was built from Plaster of Paris and sugar!

Tony Murray

This article first appeared on 702 : The fascinating story of the masterminds behind Southern Africa’s megastructures


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
5 dragons from Dragon’s Den SA pen book to inspire entrepreneurs

5 dragons from Dragon’s Den SA pen book to inspire entrepreneurs

Been there; done that! Learn from the inspiring Dragon’s Den dragons who share their collective lessons learnt in a new book.

How science and innovation is shaping SA (and solving many of our problems)

How science and innovation is shaping SA (and solving many of our problems)

Bruce Whitfield interviewed Sarah Wild, author of a new book that celebrates South African inventions and innovations.

How to make money from baking

How to make money from baking

No job? Want to be your own boss? Struggling to make ends meet? Learn how to bake and sell successfully…

4 global forces changing the world in ways we simply can’t intuit

4 global forces changing the world in ways we simply can’t intuit

Rise of emerging markets; the impact of tech on market competition, aging populations; accelerating flows of capital and people…

3.5 million lives at stake as Kariba Dam rehabilitation drags

3.5 million lives at stake as Kariba Dam rehabilitation drags

Without urgent repairs the Kariba Dam risks collapse, putting 3.5 million lives at risk and eliminating 40% of the region’s hydro-electric capacity.

Fight poverty through economic growth! - Black Like Me founder Herman Mashaba

Fight poverty through economic growth! - Black Like Me founder Herman Mashaba

Bruce Whitfield interviewed Mashaba about his latest book “Capitalist Crusader – Fighting Poverty through Economic Growth”.

Why some African companies succeed on the Continent while others fail

Why some African companies succeed on the Continent while others fail

We interview the editor of “Africans Investing in Africa”, a book on the success (or lack) of intra-African investments.

How South Africa worked (and how it failed) over the past 20 years

How South Africa worked (and how it failed) over the past 20 years

We interview Dr Greg Mills, co-author of "How South Africa Works", about his book on SA’s economic achievements and challenges.

Michael Jordaan reviews PayPal founder’s book on how to build a great business

Michael Jordaan reviews PayPal founder’s book on how to build a great business

The ex-FNB CEO reviews “Zero to One”, a book by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel on building a great business (and a better future).

Most Influential Book of 2014: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Piketty)

Most Influential Book of 2014: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Piketty)

Gill Marcus calls it “one of the most important books of this century”. 5 thought leaders debate Thomas Piketty’s tour de force...

How to turn R1000 into a thriving business

How to turn R1000 into a thriving business

Valerie Pole took R1000 and turned it into an extremely profitable business (and then wrote a book about it).

Popular articles
Nhlanhla Nene asks trade unions for ideas on how to fund wage increase demands

Nhlanhla Nene asks trade unions for ideas on how to fund wage increase demands

Nene asked unions representing Eskom workers to provide ideas to fund wage increases after negotiations with Eskom deadlocked.

[WATCH] Man finds it hard to open his Zam-Buk & pleads for an easier opening tin

[WATCH] Man finds it hard to open his Zam-Buk & pleads for an easier opening tin

Tourists wake up at the crack of dawn to bag the best sunbed and one man even suffers a broken toe in the melee.

How Steinhoff shares doubled in just five days

How Steinhoff shares doubled in just five days

Founder of Herenya Capital Advisors, Petri Redelinghuys, explains how the embattled Steinhoff managed to double its share price in 5 days

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Woolworths explains reasons for rice mix recall

Woolworths explains reasons for rice mix recall

The retailer announced it is recalling its rice mix product for fear of contamination with the Listeria bacteria.

Home Affairs set to undergo an upgrade in move to paperless system

Home Affairs set to undergo an upgrade in move to paperless system

A new live capture system will cover birth, marriage and death registrations.

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.