Our vision is a Sophiatown and surrounding communities where all people truly belong: where there is healing, opportunity and prosperity; so that resources are used to create a society where none live in poverty.

Our programmes integrate leadership and value-based approaches which enhance social justice and a non-racial society.  Our business enterprise work is based on a people-planet-profit dynamic.

We also preserve and share the history of this area, and the histories of the multi-cultural communities who inspired Fr Huddleston throughout his life.

Our values are inspired by the life-long service of Fr Huddleston to the recognition of every person’s intrinsic and equal value:  we aim to operate with integrity, a focus on service, we value innovation and respect diversity

Our venues, known as Sophiatown the Mix -  are a state of the art ‘green’ building and an original 1930s Sophiatown home that has a rich history.  You can discover more by joining a walking tour every Saturday at 11am (other days by arrangement) .  Click here to find out more. or call to book

Tour Bookings:

083 550 7130

Entrance to heritage

house: R60 per person (groups 6+ R45 pp)

Full Sophiatown walking tours R180 every Saturday 11am

All profits are routed to support our work with young people and creative community development that is sustainable: where the impact on people, planet and profit is carefully judged and resources shared.

Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, 71 Toby Street, Sophiatown, Johannesburg, 2092 . Post: PO Box 468, Westhoven 2142.  

Email: thmcentre@mweb.co.za   Tel: +27 (0) 11 673 1271   Fax: +27 (0) 11 252 7976

Registered section 21 not-for-profit association no 2000/006377/08

The Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre. NPO no 020 393

             Patrons: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Ambassador Abdul Minty, Rev Mpho Tutu

Hon Sophie du Bruyn MP, Emeritus Archbishop Khotso Makhulu, Esme Matshikiza, Sally Motlana.

Board Members

Rev Sam Masemola (chair), Lebogang Motlana,
Rev Basil Manning,
Trevor Fowler,
Bon Chandiyamba.
Sec: Violet Mohotloane

The Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre (THMC)

Sophiatown-based Youth Entrepreneurs celebrate Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards March 2019

We were delighted to celebrate the BizCre8 2019 Awards for Excellence In Entrepreneurship and here are the winning entrepreneurs with our judges and sponsor, Clive Beeston, a UK based businessman.

Veg on the Go - Riah Maseko - Best female entrepreneur 2019 . Runner up - Margaret Chandia - Tru Beauty

1stOneAdventures - Jack Mthembu - Winner, Job Creation 2019.  Runner up - Riah Maseko - Veg on the Go

Neo Grow - Pitso Manyike - Winner, Innovation 2019

1stOneAdventures - Jack Mthembu - Winner Most Market Traction 2019

Our keynote speaker was Dr Michael Magonda.  

Thanks to our Programme Director Sabelo Mashwama of Esibayeni Group, and Trevor Fowler THMC board member for book-ending the event with humour and gravitas.  And click here for more info on our BizCre8 programme.

We are an 18-year strong non-profit company which exists to inspire communities and young people, and enable them to live, realise and achieve their dreams and thrive with dignity.

We do this in Sophiatown itself, and through partnerships established across the world: these include the ASHA Centre, UK; St Martin in the Fields; Gloucester Theatre Company; Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) and with individuals and groups from the USA to Uganda.

In South Africa, the THMC board established a BBBEE social enterprise company in July 2014 – Sophiatown Motswako Enterpises (SME) Pty Ltd - to deliver some specific programmes to support young entrepreneurs to create businesses.

We also host arts, culture and heritage for all, based on our firm belief that culture is integral to the society we build in the future. You can find out more about these programmes here

Our approach catalyses young people's own dreams and strengths in whichever direction they are drawn, whether this is the arts, business, technology, science or some newly emerging category!

Over 18 years we have directly impacted on more than 10,000 young lives through work, training, cultural exchanges, mentoring, bursaries and artistic endeavours, to increase access to the economy through jobs, enterprise and culture.  In 2014 we developed our Green Skills Programme supporting youth into employment in the green economy and cultural industry sectors, as well as the BizCre8 programme for youth owned or youth run organisations. Read more about these here

Latest Updates

 Introducing THMC’s new CEO: Mr Joel Tolo Dikgole


The Board of THMC are delighted to announce the appointment of Joel Dikgole as part-time CEO for the organization.

Here’s a short overview of Joel’s career and interests by way of introducing him to the THMC community and wider family. Joel has over 40 years working in the public, private and non-governmental sectors, including extensive experience in Finance, Accounting and administration.

Joel writes ‘I am a teacher by profession and have taught in secondary schools and lectured to UNISA students in Accounting. I am very passionate about education and training and I strongly subscribe to the skills development philosophy in our country. My academic qualifications include a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Penn-state University (USA) and a Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCOMPT) from UNISA.

I was CEO of the W&RSETA from 2003 to 2016. Among the many accomplishments of the W&RSETA under my leadership, is the development of the International Leadership Development Program (ILDP) in 2009 which is accredited by the Henley Business school and GIBS respectively. To date the ILDP boasts of alumni of more than 200 executive and senior managers who qualified through this program and are transforming the landscape of wholesale and retail sector.

I was also instrumental in establishing the first Retail Schools of Excellence in TVET colleges in KZN, the first Chair of Retail at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the rollout of several Masters’ and Doctorate scholarships.

I have served on the Council of the University of Johannesburg for 13 years and chaired the Human Resource and Ethics committee of the council for 3 years.

Currently, I chair the Boards of Tshimedzwa Learning Academy, Tshimedzwa Development Centre (Smollan Holdings subsidiaries) and Anova Health Institute respectively. I am also a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of Sasol Foundation and the Diocese of Johannesburg respectively. I was recently been appointed Bursar of the Diocese of Johannesburg - Anglican Church Finance Board.

Please join us in welcoming Joel to the Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre! Joel can be reached on (joel@sophiatownthemix.com).



Jack Mthembu took two awards this year - in the Job Creation category (presented by Elmond Khoza, a former winner);and Most Market Traction (left) presented by Mr and Mrs Clive Beeson, sponsors of the awards.

Fr Trevor, concerned that a 14 year old Hugh Masekela was not fulfilling his potential at St Peter’s School, gave Hugh money to buy a second hand trumpet.

He was promptly inundated with requests, including from a teenage Jonas Gwangwa, for other instruments.  From this gift came the Huddleston Jazz Band and lifelong musical careers. Read here how even Louis Armstrong got involved!

Commemorating O R Tambo and his friendship
with  Fr Huddleston at the Trevor Huddleston Memorial building      

Riah Maseko a BizCre8 entrepreneur, with President Ramaphosa March 2018

Clive Beeston  Awards Sponsor

We are proud to announce our collaboration with #Intsusa and #Theatreduo to ensure A Place of Knowing production, selected for the 2019 International Youth Arts Festival, is able to fly the SA flag in the UK

Join us by donating airmiles or cash for flights and visas: