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Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced

Location:  Durban, South Africa.
Announcement:  1 October 2011

Construction Status

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, a special broadcast was transmitted from Church headquarters to all of the congregations in Africa. During President Uchtdorf's remarks, he encouraged members to pray for construction of the Durban South Africa Temple to begin. Missionaries serving in the area report that a site announcement is expected shortly.


Groundbreaking Ceremony

No groundbreaking date has been announced for the Durban South Africa Temple.


Temple Rendering

Renderings of the Durban South Africa Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.


Temple Site

No site location has been officially announced for the Durban South Africa Temple.


Temple Announcement

On October 1, 2011, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a temple in Durban, South Africa, in the opening session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference.1

The nation of South Africa has 12 stakes, 4 districts, and 1 operating temple in the city of Johannesburg, over 350 miles (570 kilometers) northwest of Durban. The city of Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. With a metropolitan population of almost 4.5 million people, it is the country's third largest city, behind Johannesburg and Cape Town.


Temple Facts

The Durban South Africa Temple will be the fourth temple built in Africa and the second built in South Africa, following the Johannesburg South Africa Temple (1985).



1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for France, Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming," 1 Oct. 2011.

"I am deeply interested in this work. I am anxious to encourage the people to press on in securing their genealogies and after doing so in laboring in our temples."
—Heber J. Grant

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