“The office space will be a hub for innovation for the industry, welcoming partners such as industry bodies, institutions, and associations, agencies, civil society, and policymakers who share Facebook’s aim of fostering progress and creativity in Africa,” says Nunu Ntshingila, regional director of Facebook Africa.

“With its simple, functional, open design, and many meeting spaces, the new office is designed to facilitate openness and collaboration,” adds Ntshingila.

Facebook worked with three local artists on the new main artwork inside the building; Cameron Platter, Hlengiwe Dube, and Lyndi Sales. This is part of a global Facebook programme called Artists in Residence (AIR), which exists to promote creativity, innovation, openness, and connectivity within the Facebook community through art and design. All furniture was locally sourced to celebrate African culture.

Employees at the South African office contributed their ideas to shape the décor of the office, for example, the Baobab tree made from wood, engraved with greetings from all eleven official languages of South Africa, the safari-themed 'break-out' area that was a result of a team hack, and the names of the meeting rooms named after iconic African words.

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