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Mahlamba Ndlopfu


Mahlamba Ndlopfu

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.

The Mahlamba Ndlopfu we know today is slightly different from its original architectural look. Changes were made to adapt to new needs as an Official Presidential Residence through the years.

The inside is impressive with a beautiful entrance foyer, grand staircase, two large reception rooms and dining room (which can comfortably seat 60 people for a formal function), recently the entire east wing was adapted to accommodate both the President’s "Home" offices and the Spousal office.

The residence is located on the highest point within Bryntirion Estate and is surrounded by beautiful formal and informal gardens, including a breathtaking view of the Magalies Berg to the North. The garden itself has also been declared a national Heritage site in 1994

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