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Johannesburg South Africa Temple

36th dedicated temple in operation
Johannesburg South Africa Temple

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7 Jubilee Rd
Johannesburg  2193
South Africa
Telephone:  (+27) 11-645-1540


Clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


1 April 1981

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

27 November 1982 by Marvin J. Ashton

Public Open House: 

30 July–10 August 1985


24–25 August 1985 by Gordon B. Hinckley


1 acres  |  0.4 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Masonry exterior with gray slate roof

Architectural Features: 

Six detached spires with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

Four instruction rooms, three sealing rooms, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

19,184 square feet  |  1,782 square meters


5,765 feet  |  1,757 meters

Temple Locale

Rising above a stand of enchanting Jacaranda trees on Parktown Ridge, the six white-tipped spires of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple capture the attention of travelers on the M1 highway north of Johannesburg's city center. Located on Jubilee Road, the temple shares its grounds with area offices including family history, employment, and distribution services. A gated underground parking facility offers security to patrons of the temple.

Temple History

The Johannesburg South Africa Temple was the first temple built in Africa (and in South Africa).

The first convert in South Africa, Henry Stringer, was baptized on June 15, 1853. However, the exodus of the Saints to Utah and government-imposed restrictions on the number of missionaries who could serve greatly hindered the work in South Africa until the 1980s.

The announcement of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple came less than three years after the June 1978 revelation, announced by President Spencer W. Kimball, extending the priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy men regardless of race or color.

The Johannesburg South Africa Temple is located in the historic suburb of Parktown, known for its grand turn-of-the-century Victorian mansions, many of which have succumbed to commercial, educational, and civic developments.

The nearly two-week public open house of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple attracted more than 19,000 visitors including civic and business leaders and government representatives.

Nearly 3,500 of the 12,000 members of the extensive temple district attended the dedicatory services of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple.

The dedication of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple brought a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to every habitable continent of the world.