Building Confidence

WILLEM DE LANGE for TIME

BLOCK PARTY: A worker at the Coega site in front of a huge concrete block, used to build breakwaters and painted with the South African flag

The two arms of Coega, South Africa's newest port, extend into the Indian Ocean in graceful arcs. These breakwaters — one is 2.6 km long, the other 1.3 km — are built from thousands of dolosse, huge, oddly-shaped, 30-ton concrete blocks that interlock. They are designed to protect the vessels that, when the port is fully operational in 2007, will use this facility to ship manganese, iron ore and other South African products to China, India and the rest of the world. The government-funded Coega Development Corporation (CDC), which is building an industrial zone on 11,000 hectares of farmland next to...

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