Set in Johannesburg's highveld of the Cradle of Humankind, 58 is a place to restore conscious appreciation for life in all its manifestations and create a model for a regenerative society.
Born from values of collaboration, community, presence and regeneration, the project aims to create a thoughtful platform for discussions and experiences that realign us to our humanity and nature.
58 is a place to stay, experience arts, eat farm-to-table food, contemplate, learn about regenerative practices, have bespoke treatments at the holistic healing centre, read in the library or swim in the waterfall.
Founded in 2009, Columba Residency’s vision is to instill a sense of grit, purpose, determination and 21st century skills, into large numbers of young African leaders through their unique and dynamic peer-on-peer leadership model. With a powerful track record of 7900 graduates from 189 schools, Columba is creating a deep impact - changing the lives of individuals, the culture of schools and the aspirations of communities, nationwide. With the completion of their new permanent residency in the Valley, alongside NIROX, its leaders intimately experience the arts and nature; unharnessing new ways of being and imagining their future.
The Claire and Edoardo Villa Will Trust aims to celebrate and promote the rich artistic legacy of Edoardo Villa (1915-2011). Named after the artist and his wife, Claire Zafirakos, the trust encompasses two key functions. The first is broadly reputational and focuses on ensuring that Villa’s important contributions to South African art history remain clear and accessible to both art specialists and the general public, now and into the future. The second purpose of the trust is to promote the professional advancement of sculpture as a discipline through a bursary/grant scheme.
Signature Library aims to promote learning by exposing communities, particularly young people, to programmes that will ensure that they are able to take full advantage of the opportunities in the community and country. Most importantly, Signature Library emphasizes and embeds the role that young people must play in nation-building and in achieving social cohesion. The Soweto Signature Library at Kholwani Primary School has positively transformed the school, the children and their community.
NIROX is now, together with Signature Library and 58, creating the Cradle Signature Library at the local Matla Combined School.