Welcome

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 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.




The Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre (THMC)

Sophiatown-based Youth Entrepreneurs celebrate Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards

Seven youth-owned businesses were rewarded 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.

Download a media release here

And click here for more info on our BizCre8 programme.

We are an 18-year strong non-profit company which exists to provide opportunities for young people to reach their full potential, to promote a society free of racism and discrimination and to inspire 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 some specific programmes to support young entrepreneurs to create businesses, and support innovative community development.

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

Our impact for the last 12 months:


We are all about people:  connecting and working together to make a better South Africa.  Click here read a story about Fr Huddleston’s commitment to the development of young people that inspires us

The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards for 2019 will be held on March 14th in Sophiatown

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      

 Heritage Team Leader, Tshepo Letsoalo introduces the Biko commemorative exhibition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   introduces the Biko commemorative exhibition


Riah Maseko a BizCre8 entrepreneur, with President Ramaphosa March 2018


Preparing for a performance of Todd Matskiza's 'Uxolo' with the choir of St Martin in the Fields London