Our vision is a South Africa where everyone truly belongs: where opportunity, prosperity and resources are used to create a society where none live in poverty; where children and young people are active citizens of the world, cherishing our democracy, our Constitution and our freedoms

Our programmes encompass leadership, inspiration and value-based approaches aligned to those of Fr Huddleston and those who worked for social justice and a non-racial society.

We also preserve and share the history of this area, and 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, focus on service, value innovation and respect diversity.

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.

Is a 16 year strong non-profit company which provides opportunities for young people to reach their full potential, promotes a society free of racism and discrimination and inspires people to build their dreams in peaceful ways.  

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 programmes to support young entrepreneurs to create businesses, and support innovative community development as well as arts, culture and heritage for all. You can find out more about these programmes here.

The Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre (THMC)

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

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.

15 June 2018, the staff and friends of the Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre in Sophiatown will mark the anniversary of the birth of Father Huddleston, the anti-apartheid activist who called O R Tambo his “greatest friend”.

Tour Bookings:

083 550 7130

Entrance to heritage house: R45

(Full Sophiatown walking tours R170 every Saturday 11am)

Sophiatown-based Youth Entrepreneurs celebrate Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards

Seven youth-owned businesses were rewarded last week at the 2018 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards held in Sophiatown. Over 100 guests cheered the category finalists and winners at the annual event featuring the Beeston Awards to recognise outstanding green entrepreneurship in South Africa.

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February 2018 Media Release

Sophiatown’s Removal Commemorations goes back to the future through music

February 9-19th 2018

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In March we joined the nation and the world in remembering Bra Hugh Masekela, his legacy and influence:  read here about Bra Hugh receiving his first trumpet from Fr Huddleston;  and here, a later gift of a trumpet from the legendary Louis Armstrong.

Here we remember Bra Hugh’s impact on us at the Fr Huddleston Memorial Centre in Sophiatown (clip courtesy of Kliphard)

Skweyiya was eventually recalled back to Lusaka where he set up the ANC Legal and Constitutional Department, and he continued to head the department from Johannesburg after his return to South Africa in 1990. He also chaired the ANC Constitution Committee and played a “critical role” in constitutional negotiations.  He was involved in the CODESA processes as well as engaging various alliance partners, the legal fraternity and civil society formations on the process. In later years, Skweyiya represented the ANC at the Human Rights Commission at the United Nations.

Skweyiya will also be remembered for his ten years as Minister of Social Development. In that position, he spearheaded the creation and implementation of child grants and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). As an MP from 1994, he also served as the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

The THMC board records its sadness at the passing of former High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Dr Zola Skweyiya.  Having worked with Fr Trevor Huddleston during his years in active exile, Dr Skweyiya was part of a delegation to bring Fr Huddleston’s original 1955 Isitwalandwe Medal back to South Africa, where it is part of a permanent exhibition at the Sophiatown National Heritage House. The Fr Huddleston Centre worked closely with the South African High Commission in the UK for many  years since Fr Trevor’s death in 1998, including with HE Lindiwe Mabuza and HE Cheryl Carolus. Having joined the ANC in 1956, Dr Skweyiya was sent into exile in Tanzania and Zambia in 1963. After being sent to Germany, he studied for a law degree. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Leipzig.  Later he helped build ANC forces across the continent. He was responsible for setting up the ANC office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After 1982, he represented the ANC at the Organisation of African Unity.

Ambassador Dr Z Skweyiya (second left ) participates in the receipt of Fr Huddleston’s original 1955 Isithwalandwe Medal from the UK to South Africa June 2013

In 2009, President Jacob Zuma appointed Skweyiya to the position of High Commissioner of South Africa to the UK and Ireland. He retired from that post in 2013 and became an active and respected ANC veteran.