THMC is based in Sophiatown and works as a catalyst for young people to learn, take action and achieve their goals for life, while linking to and serving, the wider community. Our mission is inspired by the work of Father Trevor Huddleston who stood against discrimination, and provided educational opportunities for thousands of South Africans, throughout his life.

Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, Corner of Good & Herman Streets, Sophiatown, Johannesburg . 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.

Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre

This beautiful historic 1930s house was the former home of Dr A B Xuma.  Now a museum, the house is also available for private hire for functions such as book launches,  film location, corporate receptions and promotions. Call: 011 673 1271 for info.  www.sophiatown.net

Thanks to the National Department of Arts & Culture, the National Lotteries Board (NLDTB), and the City of Joburg, the new building will house the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre programmes in a a state of the art environmentally ‘green’ structure, promoting green businesses, training and work experience for young people.

By night the building will become a cultural space for all hosting film, theatre, dance and all manner of social events aimed at reviving the spirit of old Sophiatown.  See www.Sophiatown.net for more info.

On Friday 25 July THMC hosted guests from all over the province to ensure the ground breaking for the new sophiatown enterprise and cultural centre was celebrated in style.  Over 200 people joined musicians, poets, religious leaders and activists to give the project the best start - songstress Dorothy Masuku led the singing. Here is a selection of photographs from the day.


Hugh Masekela pays tribute to Fr Huddleston in London, 60 years after receiving his first trumpet.

Hugh Masekela opened the Bishop Trevor Huddleston Centenary evening in London on June 17 2014, hosted by the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre and St James's church Piccadilly.

The evening marked the end of the centenary celebration  for Father Huddleston's birth, and launched the Father Trevor Huddleston Arts Bursary for 2014-2015.

An invited audience enjoyed Hugh's reflections on his career, the role of Father Huddleston in supporting the young musicians at St Peter's School, and where South Africa is headed now, as a still young democracy.

Click here to see a short UK television interview with Bra Hugh where he pays tribute to Fr Huddleston.

The Future Is All Green Business In Sophiatown

On October 29, 2014, the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre  (THMC) which continues his legacy launches the Sophiatown Green Incubator.   In partnership with the Green Fund, the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre will establish the first of its kind - a youth focused incubator for small businesses in the green economy sector.

Dr Charity Mbileni, Programme Director says “this green business incubator offers a chance for young people with highly developed ideas and talents in the environmenal or ‘green’ space to make their business dreams come true”.

Charity explains “Based in Sophiatown, the green business incubator programme consists of three phases – initially ideas and talent are taken through a two day ‘boot camp’, then a three week business idea development stage,  from which the 30 best businesses are selected for assistance to grow and reach a level of operational sustainability.”

To see how to apply and whether you meet the criteria go to:  www.green.sophiatown.net .

General enquiries: Violet Mohotloane 011 673 7238

THMC has a 12 year history of work with youth,  focusing on training and skills development among young people in the historic western area neighbourhoods including Soweto.  THMC also runs the Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre which gives opportunities to emerging artists and cultural practitioners.

Partnership with DBSA Green Fund (Project Sponsor) – this partnership is for a three year programme designed to support 90 new business starts ups in the green economy, created and run by young people.

To get involved if you run a green business looking for talent, interns, supply chains or are interested in mentoring a youth business, contact Violet Mohotloane : 011 673 7238 or email: info@green.sophiatown.net

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN - there is a 2 stage process.

First ensure you meet our criteria for age/proof of residence/citizenship, then:

Submit your personal details in our online form and include an email address where you can be contacted.  Once we verify your details, we will contact you with information for the follow up which includes attendance at a half-day workshop on green business and a practical task to complete.

If you have a green business idea and outline plan already, you can submit this at the half-day workshop, but it is not a requirement at this stage.

If you are aged between 30-35 and have business experience you can also register your interest on the online form.


Aged 18-30 with minimum matric or equivalent

SA citizen and proof of residence in Gauteng (school registration, phone contract etc)

Not in full time work or education at present.

Aged 30-35 with previous business experience in the green sector ?  You can  register your interest for our virtual support programme on the same form.



The dream of Father Huddleston was to see young people develop to their full potential - whether in music, mathematics, medicine or business.   For 50 years, Father Huddleston campaigned tirelessly for the rights of the youth to quality education and training.  



On Sunday 26th April, the Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Building was dedicated and named by a multi-faith gathering led by Bishop Steve Moreo and in the company of Premier David Makhura.  The address was given by THMC founder, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and tributes included those from Jonas Gwangwa.

The building will host the first youth incubator for green businesses, training and resource programmes, as well as cultural events.  The project was largely funded by the National Lottery with support for DAC, as well as individual donors from around the world who knew Father Huddleston and his work.

The Huddleston Centre was founded in 1999 and focuses on youth development opportunities as well as creating local arts, culture and heritage programmes.  THMC also runs the Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre, next door to the new building.

For more information, photographs or to visit the building contact:  Rinkie  083 550 7130 011 673 1271

Fr Trevor Huddleston (click here to read more about his life)


Sophiatown Motswako Enterprises (Pty) Ltd (SME) is offering a tender opportunity for the provision of hospitality services for its Cultural Hub situated on 71 Toby, corner

Edward Street Sophiatown, close to Melville, Auckland Park and Westdene. The offer is in form of  profit sharing with operations due to commence July 2015. SME is a social enterprise, wholly owned by the Trevor Huddleston Memorial

Centre.   We support ethical, sustainable entrepreneurship which responds to South Africa’s socio-economic context and addresses local needs. The concession period is renewable annually subject to standards being met. The appointed operator will service community events, trainees, visitors and staff. To be considered you must submit your proposal, along with evidence of an appropriate operating license good standing and Health and Safety certificates. Click here to Download the tender Document.