JHB Networking Event


Please join us for a relaxed, informative networking session.


Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Venue: Foakes Coffee Roastery & Bakery, Victoria Yards
(16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville)

Cost: EGF members at no charge, non-members R100 

Complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided


The line up for the afternoon is as follows:


An introduction to Victoria Yards

The session will include an introduction to Victoria Yards, an unusual new functional venue that is breathing life into a collection of early 20th century warehouses and industrial buildings with the aim to benefit the local community.  Multiple event spaces are available, which offer something very different to your standard meeting room or conference venue. Interspersed around these are artist studios, artisanal workshops, a gin distillery, a brewery, and cafes – which are able to source fresh ingredients from the veggie gardens scattered throughout Victoria Yards. 
An optional tour of the venue will be available in the second half of the event.


The story of Foakes

Happy Sekanka will talk about where Foakes began; an idea to start a brewery by 3 enthusiastic women, all the way to where it is today. Happy will tell us about the staff, the variety of breads they make and their head baker, Washington. She will explain what types of coffee they roast, who they supply as well as the daily menu at Foakes.

About Happy 

Happy is the most loyal, kind-hearted and dedicated woman. Perfectly suited to the Foakes philosophy. She has been with Foakes from the very beginning, so coffee and bread are in her blood. Or maybe it is just the waking up for 3am baking mornings to join Washington in preparing the Sourdoughs for the day! She is becoming more and more involved and is an integral part of the business, keeping it running smoothly and making Foakes’ customers happy daily.


SOBAE’s mission to reduce food wastage & illegal dumping

Listen to the SOBAE story…
 A concept founded by a couple cycling in the city, with a mission to reduce food wastage and illegal dumping by working with street vendors, city market, retailers and now their customers, collecting perfectly ripe fruit before they go to waste.
Contributing compost to Victory Yards. Offering a healthy alternative. Offering a solution for the environment.
The vision for SOBAE  is to solve this problem on a bigger scale, nationally and globally. Working with nature, working with people, having a clean environment.

About Thula & Thato 

Thula Ndema describes herself as a social creative entrepreneur. She comes from a family of business orientated people, which inspired her to study commerce, marketing and management. She came to Joburg looking for adventure and new opportunities – which she soon found, after meeting her business partner Thato.
Thato Mbongeni Masondo grew up in the East Rand, in a small, private neighborhood. It was through fashion and photography that he found his voice and the resolve to live his life on his own terms. He was inspired to move to the city, wanting to explore the people and the place. It was through his and Thula’s shared love of exploring Joburg that they soon recognised a serious food waste problem – and saw an opportunity to fix it.



We will end with an optional tour of Victoria Yards and networking. This is a great opportunity to get to know your industry peers better, and to share any sustainability challenges and successes you’ve experienced.


Parking is available at 36c Victoria Street, with overflow parking on Viljoen Street.
If you have any questions, please contact lynn@eventgreening.co.za.
Space is limited. Secure your seat and RSVP now.
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