Durban South Africa Temple
Ground broken on Saturday, April 9, 2016; estimated to be completed in 2018–2019 (no official dates announced)
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 9 April 2016 by Carl B. Cook
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Durban South Africa Temple was held on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Elder Carl B. Cook of the Seventy and president of the Africa Southeast Area presided, joined by other Church leaders, dignitaries, and community leaders. "Today the ceremonial shovels will turn the soil, and the construction of the temple will begin," said Elder Cook. "We can likewise begin building. We can build our personal lives in preparation for the temple. Today we can increase our faith, we can increase our obedience to God, and serve Him more fully."1
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 reported that a site announcement was expected shortly.
The Durban South Africa Temple will be constructed on a hillside property overlooking the ocean near the N2 highway in the Izinga development of Umhlanga Rocks, just north of Durban. Umhlanga is one of the fastest growing cities in South Africa, which enjoys a low crime rate and is known for having the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere—the Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
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.2
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.
1.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Ground Broken for Durban South Africa Temple," 9 Apr. 2016.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for France, Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming," 1 Oct. 2011.