National Geographic : 1952 Mar
362 Marjory Collins-RIapho-Gullunette A Tall Watusi Jumper Clears the Bar at Seven Feet Six Inches Watusi high-jumping originated as an exercise to train warriors. Leapers now perform only at festivals. As they take off from foot-high termite mounds, their jumps cannot be compared against Western records (p. 350). tributaries, carrying oil in bulk; others have holds and decks piled with 50-gallon drums. From the Kasai I flew back to Leopoldville, completing my 8,000-mile circuit around the Congo. Having thus seen much of what the Congo is already doing, I called upon Dr. H. A. A. Cornelis to ask what the colony plans for the future. In addition to being Director General of Economic Affairs, Dr. Cornelis is Director of the Secretariat of a 10-Year Plan for the Economic and Social Development of the Congo. Dr. Cornelis told me that work is already under way on an extensive program to reduce the cost of transport and to develop electrical power for industrial use, since the colony lacks coal. Although the Congo has some 69,575 miles of highways, most of them are only dirt roads that cannot stand heavy truck traffic. The plan calls for several arterial routes which will thread the colony from north to south and east to west. "One of the first tasks being tackled is the road between Matadi and Leopoldville," the Director General said. "Some of the road building machinery, secured under ECA loan from the United States, has already been un loaded at Matadi; more is on the way." He explained the concentrated effort being devoted to the study of foods for the natives, to their housing, clothing, hygiene, and edu cation. "I have been much interested in reading your April, 1951, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC article on 'Growing Pains Beset Puerto Rico,' " Dr. Cornelis continued, "for we have many growing pains ourselves, but of a different nature, many of which are being felt in this office." The great aim of this policy is to develop a systematic combination of mechanization and manpower which will reflect itself in higher wages, increased purchasing power, and better conditions for the Congolese peoples. This in turn will create even greater potenti alities for the rapidly growing Congo.