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date: 20 October 2021

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Africa’s first high-speed transit railway system, the Gautrain, provides an interesting case study of a megaproject that was initially closely identified with the country’s bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Completed in June 2012, the Gautrain experiences many of the problems typical of megaprojects elsewhere in the world. This chapter focuses on the three dimensions: public consultation and the role of special interest groups, the issue of costs and passenger forecasts, and the intangible mythical discourses that often surround megaprojects.

Keywords: South Africa, Gautrain, World Cup, public consultation, passenger forecasts, mythical discourses

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