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Celestial Room Millwork at the Durban South Africa Temple

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, 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
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, 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

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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
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. 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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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. 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

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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
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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

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, 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
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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
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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
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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
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. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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. 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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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, 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

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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
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, 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
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, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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, which has a foundation in place.

3D Model of the Durban South Africa Temple

Get a unique perspective on the Durban South Africa Temple
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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as rough grading continues at the construction site.

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Site grading has begun at the Durban temple site.

Ground Broken for Durban South Africa Temple

The groundbreaking for the Durban South Africa Temple
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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
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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
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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.