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The Church of Scientology of Port Elizabeth has completed the purchase of one of the city’s historic landmarks—the United Building on the corner of St Mary’s Terrace and Govan Mbeki Avenue. It will contribute to the area not only by way of the planned restoration and renovation project but also through increased community activities that will now be possible.
The United Building on the corner of St Mary’s Terrace and Govan Mbeki Avenue in Port Elizabeth will be the new regional headquarters for the Scientology religion.
The building will be the regional headquarters for the religion.
This announcement comes on the heals of a recent milestone for Scientology in South Africa: the Commissioner of Revenue recognized the church as a public benefit organization and granted it tax-exemption.
The church has also recently acquired new property in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
Artist’s renderings are of the exterior of the building, once renovations are completed.
“We see our investment in Nelson Mandela Bay as a contribution to the uplifting of the area,” said Paul Sondergaard, public affairs director for the religion in South Africa. Sondergaard went on to say that the Church will restore the property to its former glory to add to the heritage of Port Elizabeth. He emphasized that the new building will make it possible to greatly expand the church’s anti-drug and human rights campaigns and provide more assistance to the region through its Scientology Volunteer Ministers—an international help and disaster relief program with a membership of over 100,000 worldwide.
“L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology religion, once wrote, ‘From Southern Africa will spring the next great civilization,'” said Sondergaard, “The Church of Scientology of Port Elizabeth is working with other committed members of our community to bring this about.”