Face­book Africa’s cool of­fice space

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It has been two years since Face­book Africa head Nunu Nt­shingila first opened the so­cial-me­dia web­site’s Africa outpost in Jo­han­nes­burg as a small op­er­a­tion in a one-room of­fice.

But fast-for­ward to 2017 with a 42% growth to more than 170 mil­lion monthly African Face­book users, and Nt­shingila is now wel­com­ing City Press to Face­book’s brand-new, three-storey head­quar­ters in Bryanston.

“It is a big mo­ment for us,” says Nt­shingila. “I can’t be­lieve that we’ve fi­nally got here. We have worked re­ally hard, so I feel ex­tremely proud to be stand­ing here with you.”

Nt­shingila takes City Press on a tour, start­ing in a room of em­ploy­ees work­ing at “hot desks” – mo­bile work­sta­tions that can be cus­tomised into stand­ing or sit­ting desks. They are an im­por­tant part of Face­book’s cor­po­rate phi­los­o­phy.

“I will lit­er­ally walk into the Dublin of­fice, find some­where to sit and get work­ing,” ex­plains Nt­shingila. “It is a very mo­bile en­vi­ron­ment.” Around the central space are meet­ing rooms, each with an African name such as Tim­buktu, Qunu or Bolle­makiesie, where lo­cal staff in­ter­act with their global coun­ter­parts around the world – num­ber­ing 17 000 in to­tal.

“The struc­tural de­sign of the of­fice is the same world­wide. You see the ex­posed brick walls, con­crete and open ceil­ings, but in every mar­ket they use lo­cally sourced cul­ture pieces to recog­nise the mar­ket they are in,” Nt­shingila says.

“We worked with lo­cal de­sign firms and artists to cre­ate the space – for in­stance, our cool braai area – and used art­work such as Lyndi Sales’ in­stal­la­tion, which rep­re­sents our cul­ture of in­no­va­tion and re­flects our mis­sion of con­nec­tiv­ity, open­ness and shar­ing.”

Is Face­book Africa on par with of­fices in the rest of the world? “At this level we have a good deal! I’ve seen a lot of them, and we com­pare re­ally well.”

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