Durban South Africa Temple
Recent News Articles
- November 18, 2019 – Final checks done for Durban South Africa Temple open house
- June 18, 2019 – Durban South Africa Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced
Preparations Begin for Durban South Africa Temple Opening
The Durban South Africa Temple has been transferred to the Temple Department, and training has been conducted for the facilities manager, recorder, and assistants. The temple custodians are cleaning the temple while the groundskeepers are maintaining the new landscaping. They will assume responsibility for all of the grounds once the landscapers have finished their contracted work. All other tasks remaining to be completed and other preparations for next year's open house and dedication will continue over the next few weeks.
Special Guests at the Durban South Africa Temple
Bishop Gérald Caussé, presiding bishop of the Church, and Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Africa Southeast Area presidency, inspected the construction progress at the Durban South Africa Temple on Thursday, November 14. They expressed encouraging words to the construction team and gratitude for their work. The elevator installations have been completed, and electrical has wrapped up. Sealing room mirrors has been installed. Landscaping continues including capping the water feature, stone benches, and planter boxes. At a media briefing, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged members of the community to attend the open house in two months.
Exterior of Durban South Africa Temple Completed
All of the scaffolding has been removed from the newly completed exterior of the Durban South Africa Temple. The Holiness to the Lord inscription stone has been painted, and final painting is underway on the interior. Landscaping is progressing rapidly including the final pavers that are being installed on steps and walkways. The missionary housing facility is ready for inspection, and the distribution center is ready to be stocked with supplies.
Art Glass Installed in Durban South Africa Temple Celestial Room
Major installations continue in the Durban South Africa Temple including beautiful panels of art glass in the Celestial Room, carpet tiles in the main lobby, and benches in the baptistry. Outside, stonework and sealing is advancing around the window openings, and the front staircase is being poured. Trees are being planted around the parking lot and across the grounds. The water feature grills have been installed and covered in a black stone.
Final Months of Construction at the Durban South Africa Temple
The interior of the Durban South Africa Temple gets closer to completion each day with mirrors and artwork mounted, floral arrangements in place, audio-visual equipment operational, the recommend desk completed, furniture touched up, more light fixtures hung, and carpet sculpting underway. Installers are preparing to attach surveillance equipment to the camera poles, and landscaping efforts continue with the addition of trees and the establishment of flourishing plants, flowers, and hedges.
Monument Sign Installed at the Durban South Africa Temple
The handsome monument sign welcoming patrons and guests to the Durban South Africa Temple has been installed at the entrance to the temple grounds where trees and shrubbery continue to be planted. Exterior stonework and work on the entrance plaza also continues. Inside, more art glass has been installed and draperies hung. Decorative painting has concluded. Various aspects of finish work is advancing including millwork and termination of electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, networking, and fire suppression.
Trees Transplanted to the Durban South Africa Temple Grounds
To give the grounds of the Durban South Africa Temple the feel of maturity, 8- to 15-year-old trees were transplanted to the grounds, and more fill-in foliage was planted ahead of the coming spring. Progress is being made on the entrance plaza including the water feature, which was filled and tested. Tests of the exterior floodlighting are underway as well using a temporary system. In the baptistry, the chandelier was lifted into place and glass panels were installed under the railing. Artists continue their work inside the temple while technicians set up data and security points.
Carpet Arrives at the Durban South Africa Temple
A team from Salt Lake City has arrived in South Africa to install the carpets for the Durban South Africa Temple and missionary housing facility. Work continues on the exterior marble, entrance staircase, millwork, trim and baseboards, flooring, and decorative painting and gilding. More plants are filling the designated garden spaces, more pavers are being laid, and more lamp posts are being installed.
Durban South Africa Temple Entrance Stairs
Scaffolding has been removed from the tower and entrance to the Durban South Africa Temple so that the entrance stairs may be constructed. Scaffolds still stand around the rest of the building, which stone layers are using to affix marble to the exterior. Work on the baptismal font has been completed, but finish work continues including millwork, gold leafing, and decorative painting. Driveway pavers have now been laid, allowing vehicles to park on site again.
Open House Committee for the Durban South Africa Temple
The committee for the open house and dedication of the Durban South Africa Temple has held on-site meetings as they prepare for next year's opening of South Africa's second temple. Scaffolding remains around the building for laborers working to complete the marble cladding. Finish work progresses inside including decorative painting and installation of the architrave over the veil area. Curved walkways are being poured on the rear side of the temple and the fountain medallion continues in front of the temple. The bus area of the parking lot has been paved and the lines painted.
Roofing Completed for Durban South Africa Temple
The final roof shingles have been set in place atop the Durban South Africa Temple, and marble cladding of the front façade nears completion. Interior art glass windows and millwork continue to be installed inside while work progresses outside on the fountain medallion, landscaping, brick pavers, and walkways.
Interior Artists Arrive at the Durban South Africa Temple
Decorative painting on the ceilings and walls of the Durban South Africa Temple is being carried out by recently arrived artists with expertise in stenciling, gold leafing, and other fine detailing. Railings in the baptistry are being installed while millwork and marble baseboard installation continue. The final section of roofing is nearing completion, and heavy equipment is leveling the south side of the parking area. More utility connections are being established.
Open House and Dedication Announced for the Durban South Africa Temple
The First Presidency has announced a public open house for the Durban South Africa Temple beginning Wednesday, January 22, and continuing through Saturday, February 1, 2020. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, February 16, 2020, in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 3:00 p.m. A youth devotional will be held the evening prior to the dedication on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Durban South Africa Temple Tower Cladding Completed
Scaffolding around the Durban South Africa Temple tower is being dismantled, as crews have finished cladding the structure in marble. The wall mosaic in the baptistry is nearly finished, and installers are expertly fitting marble baseboards, door frames and trim, and other millwork. The monument sign slab has been poured at the entrance to the property while work continues on connecting to utility mains and adding road layers. Landscaping efforts carry on as does the meticulous work of piecing together the water feature medallion.
Soft Landscaping the Durban South Africa Temple Grounds
Thousands of plants are finding a home on the Durban South Africa Temple grounds to create the beautiful gardens that will greet arriving temple patrons. Stone cladding continues on the planter boxes and the temple exterior walls as does work on the water feature medallion. Millwork progresses inside the temple including stairwell banisters, doors, and trim. A wall mosaic is being carefully installed in the baptistry.
Millwork Beautifying the Durban South Africa Temple
The interior of the Durban South Africa Temple is feeling more templelike as craftsmen attach beautiful pieces of millwork to the walls and ceilings including cornices and pilasters. Marble flooring, thresholds, and baseboards are also being installed while work continues on installing fixtures for various mechanical and electrical systems. More sod has been laid around the east and south sides of the grounds, and crews are cladding the entrance retaining walls and laying pieces of the beautiful medallion around the water feature. Irrigation lines are being laid, walkways poured, and parking areas established.
Oxen Installed in Durban South Africa Temple Baptistry
In the baptistry of the Durban South Africa Temple, the oxen have been unpacked and installed under the font. Mahogany doors and frames are being fitted. Marble cladding of the grand staircase continues as does millwork, tiling, painting, electrical, plumbing, data, fire suppression, and HVAC. Interior light fixtures have been installed on two floors while positioning and testing is underway for the exterior lighting system. Landscaping efforts are progressing including laying stone for the fountain medallion, cladding the property entrance walls, and laying sod.
Landscaping Progress at the Durban South Africa Temple
The grounds of the Durban South Africa Temple are looking even more beautiful as crews clad the property entrance walls in sandstone, create a sandstone medallion pattern around the water feature, lay pavers in the parking area, pour walkways, and position security camera poles across the site. Finish work continues at all stages inside the temple including millwork, tiling, painting, plumbing, and installing data, electrical, and fire suppression equipment.
Greening Up the Durban South Africa Temple Grounds
Truckloads of rich compost and lawn sod have been delivered to the Durban South Africa Temple site to beautify the grounds and the surrounding sloping terrain. Hard landscaping including walkways, ramps, and parking surfaces continue to take shape. Beautiful stone samples have been attached to the retaining walls at the entrance to the temple. Inside the buildings, progress is being made on wall and floor tiling, painting, installing millwork, and other mechanical, electrical, and plumbing finish work.
Durban South Africa Temple Progresses in Spite of Blackouts
Due to a shortage of generating capacity, an implementation of rolling blackouts across South Africa has created some delays at the Durban South Africa Temple. Despite the inconvenience, construction crews are moving forward. Marble cladding has been affixed to the grand staircase and continues to be attached to the baptismal font. The Celestial Room ceiling is being finished, and flooring has started in the foyer. Twelve palms trees have been planted around the entrance water feature.
Grand Staircase to Be Clad in Stone
Templates have been cut for the stone that will clad the grand staircase inside the Durban South Africa Temple while tile continues to be laid on certain walls and floors. Painters, electricians, plumbers, and roofers are making progress inside and outside the building. On the grounds, the water feature is being waterproofed, and plants are filling the planter boxes.
Back to Work at the Durban South Africa Temple
Contractors have returned to the Durban South Africa Temple following a holiday break. Finish work has resumed inside the temple and missionary housing facility including millwork, electrical, data, HVAC, and fire suppression. Work also continues on the supporting structures like the guardhouse, garbage room, and mechanical building. Landscaping is making strides with the fencing completed and activities such as wall cladding, backfilling, and weeding underway.
Preparing for the Holidays at the Durban South Africa Temple
As workers prepare for a three-week holiday break, activities at the Durban South Africa Temple site have focused on cleanup and reinforcing the terraced grounds. Shade cloth was laid, and several new trees and plants were added. Inside the temple, artists took necessary measurements while contractors continued the work of hanging drywall and installing HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire suppression equipment.
Celestial Room Millwork at the Durban South Africa Temple
Inside the Durban South Africa Temple, cornice moldings are being installed in the Celestial Room while dry wall and paint are going up in other rooms. Along the outside of the temple, aluminum fascia is being attached under the eaves. At the missionary housing, cupboards are being fitted, floor and wall tiling continues, and more paint is covering the walls and ceilings.
Progress on the Durban South Africa Temple Baptistry
Along the rim of the baptismal font inside the Durban South Africa Temple, plumbers are carefully fitting drainage lines that will keep water at a specified level inside the font. Painters are working high above the plumbers, turning the ceilings a bright white. Information technology equipment has been delivered for the data rooms of both the temple and missionary housing facility.
Interior Advancements at the Durban South Africa Temple
Fine dust fills the air inside the Durban South Africa Temple as the interior walls and ceilings are sanded to a smooth texture. Crown molding and tile are being precisely cut and fit while workers continue to terminate electrical and data runs, air vents, and a fire suppression system. A team has surveyed the water feature area in front of the temple entrance. More lamp posts are ready to be installed.
Angel Moroni Added to the Durban South Africa Temple
"Now it looks like a temple," said one spectator at today's raising of the angel Moroni statue atop the Durban South Africa Temple. An eager crowd gathered at the viewing area, located just off the construction site, to watch the gold statue be lifted into place atop South Africa's second temple.
Art Glass Arrives at the Durban South Africa Temple
The Durban South Africa Temple is a beautiful sight to motorists traveling the N2 Highway as seen in the accompanying photograph. The temple will be even more beautiful as the newly delivered art glass windows are installed in the tall openings. Work continues on the roof and fascia while painting, tiling, and millwork progress inside.
Interior Progress at the Durban South Africa Temple
While painting of the Durban South Africa Temple tower proceeds, workers inside the building are installing millwork, laying floor and wall tile, fitting marble panels for the baptismal font, building out walls, and terminating data and air conditioning runs. Interior works continues simultaneously at the missionary housing facility and guardhouse.
Update on the Durban South Africa Temple
A view past the guardhouse at the Durban South Africa Temple shows the healthy palm trees lining the driveway and the beautiful temple under construction. Outside, work continues on the temple roof and exterior walls. Inside, fire curtains have been fitted in the grand staircase lobby while wiring, plumbing, and tiling work continues.
Tower Dome Poured for Durban South Africa Temple
The Coptic-style concrete dome that terminates the tower of the Durban South Africa Temple has been poured and the forms removed. The precast exterior panels have been attached, and work continues on the roof and fascia. Recent landscaping activities have including grading, laying irrigation lines, and spreading top soil.
Durban South Africa Temple Tower Growing Taller
Concrete forms are removed and set higher as each section of the Durban South Africa Temple tower is poured. Subcontractors are busy in nearly every phase of construction including roofing, waterproofing, fascia installing, window hanging, data cabling, electrical wiring, painting, drywall hanging, and floor and wall tiling.
Millwork Being Installed in the Durban South Africa Temple Baptistry
August saw the first cornice molding being hefted into place in the baptistry of the Durban South Africa Temple. On the ground floor, aluminum window frames are being fitted, and interior work continues at various stages including hanging drywall and painting. Outside, a foundation trench has been dug for the planter box in front of the temple entrance.
Interior Work Progressing at Durban South Africa Temple
At the , drywall has been hung in the baptistry, framing of the top floor has begun, and window frames are being fitted. Brick layers are working on the missionary housing pillars as concrete is poured for the veranda. Roof trusses continue to be set at both buildings.
Retaining Walls, Panels at the Durban South Africa Temple
Beneath the advancing roof work at the , crews have backfilled the building nearly to ground level and set tilt-up machinery in place for installing wall panels. Entrance walls and a retaining wall behind the missionary housing facility are under construction.
Attaching Roof Decking to Durban South Africa Temple
With roof trusses in place atop the , construction workers have begun attaching the decking. The sloped construction of the roof will efficiently shed the South African rain while providing an attractive aesthetic to the building. The temple is the country's second.
Roof Trusses Rise at the Durban South Africa Temple
With the help of heavy equipment, crews at the are hoisting large steel girders atop the concrete exterior walls of the edifice to form the trusses for the pitched roof. Trenches have been excavated for walls that will stand on either side of the entrance.
Palm Trees Still Standing after Massive Storm in Durban
Last week's devastating storm in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal was declared a provincial disaster. The storm ravaged the area for hours pelting more than 95mm of rain and producing winds up to 70km per hour. At the , the palm trees still stand.
Drywall Installation Begins at Durban South Africa Temple
With the Durban South Africa Temple now enclosed, crews have begun hanging drywall as installation continues on plumbing, HVAC, and fire suppression systems. Work has started on a roof and retaining wall at the housing facility while brick laying, plastering, wood working, and utility installation progress.
Insulating the Missionary Housing in Durban
The two-story missionary housing facility at the Durban South Africa Temple site is receiving a spray-on application of polyurethane insulation while another concrete pour was made for the baptismal font in the temple. Work continues on backfilling the temple foundation.
Durban Temple Baptistry
Inside the Durban South Africa Temple, focus has turned to the baptistry and utility work while backfilling and waterproofing continues outside. The missionary housing basement floor is finished, and work continues on plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and fire. Foam insulation is going up while a skim coat is applied to the brick. The final piles are sunk and palm trees planted.
Durban South Africa Temple Roof Slab Poured
Near the end of last week, the concrete crew arrived at the Durban South Africa Temple site with its concrete boom pump to pour the roof slab for the temple. The waterproofed exterior walls are currently covered in a black mastic, but they will turn a light shade once cladding is attached.
Progress on All Buildings at Durban Temple Site
While crews continue to set rebar and concrete forms for the Durban South Africa Temple roof decking, plastering is underway at the electrical housing, and waterproofing, subsoil-drain work, and backfilling progresses at the entrance buildings. More brick is being laid at the missionary housing.
Ready for Roof Slab in Durban
A maze of scaffolding surrounds the top floor of the Durban South Africa Temple as crews prepare to pour the roof slab. The basement bricklaying is finished, and stairwell construction continues. Brickwork on the temple president's apartment nears completion while roofs have been completed on two of the entrance buildings.
Preparing to Roof in Durban
As brickwork begins at the president's residence and continues at the missionary housing and temple basement, the temple infill panel has been poured and roof decking preparations have begun. Subcontractors on site include electricians, plumbers, and air-conditioning technicians. The mechanical facility is being backfilled.
Brickwork at the Durban South Africa Temple Site
Loads of bricks continue to arrive at the nearly waterproofed Durban South Africa Temple. They are being laid in the temple basement and in the missionary housing. Work continues on plumbing, electrical, sewer, and stair construction. The east soffit wall of the temple has been poured.
Stepping Up the Durban South Africa Temple Construction
Work in the basements of the Durban South Africa Temple and missionary housing includes the installation of stairs, sanding of concrete ceilings, and laying of brick. Roofs for two entrance facilities and the top of the housing elevator shaft were poured. Steel is set for the east soffit wall of the temple.
Waterproofing Durban South Africa Temple Walls
A black waterproofing membrane is being applied to the exterior of the Durban South Africa Temple while inside, the basement floor has been poured. Brickwork has begun at the missionary housing and the top floor ring has been poured. Decking is ready for roof slabs on two of the entrance buildings.
Soffit Walls Poured for Durban South Africa Temple
A view across the ravine toward the Durban South Africa Temple shows newly poured soffit walls. Bricklayers have moved from the entrance buildings to the missionary housing where lightning protection and basement concrete was recently added. Work continues on a storm water system.
Progress on the Durban Temple
A view from the street toward the Durban South Africa Temple shows the rising brick walls of an entrance facility and the towering palm trees that line the driveway. At the temple, crews are roughing in plumbing, setting rebar, and preparing the floor and font area for concrete. Exterior brick is arriving for the missionary housing.
Soffit Walls for Durban South Africa Temple
Concrete forms are being set for the east and west soffit walls of the Durban South Africa Temple. This center section of the building will rise above the side wings. At the housing facility, structural framing is finished for the ground floor, and scaffolding is going up around the upper floor.
Advancements at the Durban South Africa Temple Site
Crews at the Durban South Africa Temple have poured both the front wall and elevator shafts for the temple and the upper floor slab for the missionary housing, where basement plumbing is wrapping up. Trenches are being dug for the guardhouse as brickwork begins in the utility areas.
Elder Rasband Visits the Durban South Africa Temple Site
Watch a video of Elder Ronald A. Rasband's visit to the Durban South Africa Temple site, including his encouragement for members to prepare for The House of the Lord.
Progress on Upper Walls of Durban South Africa Temple
Some of the upper walls of the Durban South Africa Temple have been poured and cured while rebar and concrete shuttering are being set for the next walls. The foundations for the utility facilities are being poured, and preliminary work has started for the upper floor of the missionary building.
Concrete Forms Going Up for Upper Walls of Durban Temple
The Durban South Africa Temple is growing taller as concrete shuttering progresses for the building's upper walls. Backfilling of the foundation for the missionary housing facility is completed, and concrete support columns are being poured. The temple is South Africa's second.
Upper Floor Slab Poured at Durban South Africa Temple
A concrete pump truck poured the upper floor slab for the Durban South Africa Temple on Wednesday. New concrete is also creating columns at the missionary housing building and foundations for the entrance buildings. Landscaping has seen the addition of more aloe plants.
Scaffolding Rises Higher at the Durban South Africa Temple
With the concrete cured for the main floor exterior walls of the Durban South Africa Temple, the forms have been removed and scaffolding has been erected higher in preparation for setting rebar and forms for the upper floor and walls. The ground floor slab for the housing building has been poured.
Backfilling Missionary Housing Foundation at Durban Site
At the Durban South Africa Temple site, the final foundation walls for the missionary housing building have been poured and backfilling is underway. Long bars of steel stretch across the walls, which will reinforce the concrete floor slab. At the temple, workers will soon pour the upper floor slab.
Exterior Walls Appearing for Durban South Africa Temple
Concrete forms have been repositioned at the Durban South Africa Temple, revealing the building's first exterior walls. Cutouts are visible along the side wall of the temple, which will feature tall arched window openings. Inside the building, the baptismal support structure has been poured.
Above-Ground Work Begins for Durban South Africa Temple
With the ground-level floor slab in place for the Durban South Africa Temple, concrete forms and rebar have made their above-ground debut as workers prepare to pour the exterior walls for the building. Scaffolding is going up around the missionary housing foundation as a floor slab pour draws near.
Heavy Rains at the Durban South Africa Temple Site
Recent rain storms at the Durban South Africa Temple site flooded the basements of both the temple and missionary housing facility, requiring pumps to pull the watery red mud into the storm drain system. Criss-crossing rebar over the temple foundation is standing ready for the floor slab pour.
Aloe Plants Beautify Entrance to Durban South Africa Temple Complex
A branched species of aloe plant has been added to the mounds near the entrance to the Durban South Africa Temple site. Early landscaping is nearing completion, but efforts will resume after construction has further progressed. Backfilling of the temple foundation is finished, and rebar is going down for the floor slab while utility conduits are installed. Foundation walls for the temple missionary housing facility are being waterproofed.
Preparing for Floor Slab at Durban South Africa Temple
Backfilling of the Durban South Africa Temple foundation has begun and scaffolding has been erected across the foundation walls as workers prepare for the main-level floor slab. Concrete forms are coming down from the foundation walls of the temple missionary housing building.
Staking Entrance Buildings at the Durban Temple Site
Workers have surveyed and staked the ground for some ancillary facilities at the Durban South Africa Temple site including a guardhouse at the entrance. The temple foundation continues to be waterproofed while foundation walls are poured for the missionary housing building.
Construction Resumes in Durban
Following a brief hiatus over the holidays, construction work is underway again for the Durban South Africa Temple, which has a foundation in place.
3D Model of the Durban South Africa Temple
Get a unique perspective on the Durban South Africa Temple as conceived in a new 3D model of the building including beautiful close-up and aerial views.
Palm Trees Planted at Durban South Africa Temple Site
A dozen statuesque palm trees have been planted along the entrance road to the Durban South Africa Temple site. Foundation pouring continues for the temple and rebar placement for the missionary housing facility.
Pouring Durban South Africa Temple Foundation
It is summer in South Africa where the weather is warm and breezy. Despite the wind gusts around the Durban temple site, workers have made concrete pours for the foundations of the temple and adjacent housing building. Workers are also connecting to the City water supply.
Dry Weather Returns to Durban South Africa Temple Site
Frequent rains at the Durban South Africa Temple site have provided a challenge, but contractors moved forward during a recent dry spell digging storm water trenches, spreading driveway aggregate, adding fencing, and setting forms for the temple and housing building foundations.
Street Entrance Cut for Durban South Africa Temple
Late last month, the main street entrance to the Durban South Africa Temple site was cut and is nearly ready for use. Steel workers continue to place rebar in preparation for the foundations of the temple and missionary housing facility. Storm water systems are being installed.
Excavation Underway for Durban South Africa Temple
Construction at the Durban South Africa Temple site is making strides as excavation continues for the foundations of the temple and missionary housing building and work has started on the parking lot. Terraforming is nearing completion with hydroseeding planned for the coming days.
Building a Deep Foundation for the Temple in Durban
Pile drivers, dump trucks, bulldozers, and excavators are among the heavy equipment seen at the Durban South Africa Temple site. Piles are being driven deep into the ground to create a sturdy foundation for the temple. The hillside site continues to be shaped into level terraces.
Grading Progress at Durban Temple Site
Heavy equipment operators have carved out a level platform for the Durban South Africa Temple as rough grading continues at the construction site.
Site grading has begun at the Durban temple site.
Ground Broken for Durban South Africa Temple
The groundbreaking for the Durban South Africa Temple was held on Saturday, April 9. Elder Carl B. Cook of the Seventy presided. "Today the ceremonial shovels will turn the soil, and the construction of the temple will begin." said Elder Cook.
Durban South Africa Temple Site Location Revealed
The Durban South Africa Temple site has been identified as a hillside property overlooking the ocean in Umhlanga Rocks, located just north of Durban. Umhlanga is one of the fastest growing cities in South Africa, known for having the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere.
Groundbreaking Announced for Durban South Africa Temple
The First Presidency has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Durban South Africa Temple will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Attendance at the temple site is by invitation, but a live Internet feed of the ceremony will be transmitted to meetinghouses within the temple district.