Build the future with the Sophiatown experience


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Sophiatown Heritage ToursSophiatown’s spirit alive and growing among young entrepreneurs, musicians and community builders as they ‘build dreams in peaceful ways’.

Every February, Sophiatown’s history is often recalled in public space, because it is the anniversary of when this freehold suburb began to be physically destroyed under apartheid legislation between 1955-1962.

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However, Sophiatown’s story did not end there: throughout this year, the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre is inviting South Africans and those who have made South Africa their home, to celebrate the ‘Good Things’ that are happening in Sophiatown today, 11 years after she was renamed by the City of Johannesburg, by getting involved!

Over the last 16 years we have reached thousands of young people with ways to become active citizens, to study, travel, volunteer and to find work. Today we invite you to join us in celebrating the vibrancy that was ‘Sof’town’, by building the future. Visit Sophiatown’s Urban Experience: a walking tour of this special place; mentor a young person starting a business; join our music academy, or share your gifts here for the benefit of others.

Open Community Encounters: Saturday 18 February from 13h00 – 15h00
Entrance is free but RSVP in advance. See the facebook page.
These are regular conversations which help us imagine a future where our individual and collective being and actions are not shaped by our past anymore, where we connect with others to build the kind of community we all long for.

Good Things: 21 February – our business ideas workshop
Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship – BizCre8: See the BizCre8 YouTube Channel to see videos of the best upcoming youth entrepreneurs in the green space receiving their awards. 140 youth making a difference to the environment, to business and to our communities. “Some of the best start-ups I’ve come across; I’m offering my personal mentorship to the overall winner, Elmond Khoza of LAMO Solar”. – Ajay Lalu, MD Blacklite Consulting.

Contact Sophiatown The Mix to find out how to get involved in BizCre8’s programme:

World class African Jazz up close
World class African Jazz up close

Sophiatown Academy of Music: tuition for all levels – beginners to masters: weekday afternoons and Saturdays:

Jazz Encounters: Friday 24 February – launching the national tour of Dani Mali Quintet. Click here for details.
World-class South African jazz up close, and affordable, every month.


Africa Zazi – a cultural journey through the continent for children and young people aged 14+ every week in Sophiatown.
Africa Zazi – a cultural journey through the continent for children and young people aged 14+ every week in Sophiatown.

The LAUNCH of Africa Zazi – a cultural journey through the continent for children and young people aged 14+ every week in Sophiatown in term time. Per session R60. For bookings and dates contact: Rinkie 083 550 7130.

The mission of the Fr Huddleston Centre is to provide opportunities for young people to reach their full potential, promoting a society free of racism and discrimination and inspiring people to build their dreams in peaceful ways. A new space: Sophiatown the Mix is the first public building, open to all, constructed in Sophiatown for 60 years.


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