Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mahlamba Ndlopfu - Zuma's Official Residence

Date of origin1936-1940
Previous namesLibertas
StreetGeorge Washington Blvd.
Access via Church Street
Magisterial districtTshwane
CountrySouth Africa
GPS coordinates25°44’14.73” S
28°13’35.53” E
Planning authority nameDepartment of Public Works
Architect/Firm(data here)
Project architect/DesignerGerard Moerdyk/Moerdijk
Commissioning ownerDepartment of Public Works
Current ownerDepartment of Public Works
Current occupantPresident Jacob Zuma
Previous usesOfficial residence of the prime minister

Official residence of the president of South Africa

Mahlamba Ndlopfu is the Official Residence for the President
of the Republic of South Africa in Pretoria.
The house was formerly known as Libertas and was completed in
1940 as the official residence for the Prime Minister of South Africa.
The Architect was Dr Gerrit Moerdyk who designed the house in a
traditional Cape-Dutch style but with certain adaptations for a residence
of this status. Dr Moerdyk was selected to be the architect after his design
won the national competition by the Department of Public Works for such
a project.
The name Libertas was changed in 1995 to what we know today
as Mahlamba Ndlopfu (Shangaan). Mahlamba Ndlopfu means
"The new dawn" when translated into English.