Creating a new capital city is not easy. Roads must be built, utilities organised and housing constructed. For the government of South Sudan, which is set to become an independent country following a referendum early next year, the task is even harder.

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Creating a new capital city is not easy. Roads must be built, utilities organised and housing constructed. For the government of South Sudan, which is set to become an independent country following a referendum early next year, the task is even harder. Five years ago Juba, the nascent state’s would-be capital, was little more than a large village. Since then there has been a construction boom, but there has been little in the way of planning. Until now.

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