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Developer fights apartheid legacy with Cape Town vision

The Wescape project with schools, factories, clinics, university, could become a development model

Cape Town

DAVID Pearson has a vision: a new community of 800,000 - bigger than Boston - complete with factories, schools, clinics and a university that will help erase the legacy of apartheid in Cape Town. If the idea materialises, his 140 billion-rand (S$16 billion) Wescape project in South Africa's second-biggest city could serve as a model for development across the continent.

"Africa needs to bridge the third and first-world city divide to ensure Africans don't remain tenants in their own country," said Mr Pearson, 50, who fled the country in 1978 after his parents were threatened with arrest for contravening apartheid's ban on sex between white people and other races. He returned from Canada...

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