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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.

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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

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