About Sophie Thompson

Sophie joined the business in 2001. Sophie brings to the company a wealth of experience and expertise in particular in the sporting arena – she played springbok action cricket; has SA colours for athletics; Natal colours for athletics (club and school); hockey; softball; water-polo and outdoor and indoor cricket. Sophie has studied Sport Psychology and Computer Technology. The main accounts that she works on are the SPAR Women’s Race in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge, as well as a lot of the sailing events that take place in Durban. She was part of the successful team that worked on the PyeongChang’s 2018 Winter Olympic Bid and the World Transplant Games. In rejuvenating the Durban scene of sailing, she has also started photography to help promote the sport.

Benny Bushwhacker In Human Nature

12th July, 2019|Theatre|

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 29 July – 11 Aug The inimitable Benny Bushwhacker comes to Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 29 July to 11 August. The Republic of South Africa proudly welcomes home, Benny Bushwhacker, world renowned conservationist, environmental campaigner, and the only man to have thrice walked the length of Africa barefoot. The legend returns [...]

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Interview With Amba Brown From Durban Girls’ College

12th July, 2019|Sport|

Amba Brown, who plays right half for the Durban Girls’ College First X1 Hockey team, the Durban Central Regional champs of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge is eager to get onto the astro at the Grand Finals that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The plucky 18-year [...]

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Interview With Emily Mvune From Amanzimtoti High School

12th July, 2019|Sport|

Emily Mvune, Captain of Amanzimtoti High School’s First X1 Hockey team, is eager to lead her team, the Durban South Regional champs, onto the astro in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. Emily is currently in Matric, [...]

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Interview With Kiana Cormack From St Mary’s DSG

12th July, 2019|Sport|

One of KZN’s leading lights in schoolgirls’ hockey, Kiana Cormack who is a midfielder and captain of St Mary’s D.S.G. First Hockey XI, and also currently plays for the Namibian Women’s Hockey team, will have the honour of leading her team, the overall defending champs of the last year’s SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge, as [...]

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Open Air Winter Sundowner Concert

12th July, 2019|Music|

Early African Intellectuals as Composers of Music Killie Campbell Library on Friday 26 July at 5.30pm The open-air winter sundowner concert of Dr Thokozani Mhlambi’s Early African Intellectuals as Composers of Music project will be held in the gardens of the Killie Campbell Library on 26 July at 5.30pm. After a successful launch hosted in [...]

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Ninth Grand Finals Approaches

12th July, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge Grand Finals St Mary’s DSG, Kloof: 20 and 21 July The names have been drawn out the hat for the Grand Finals of the ninth SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July. Fixtures for the upcoming [...]

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Interview With Leah Kriel From St Anne’s Diocesan College

12th July, 2019|Sport|

Leah Kriel, co-captain with Georgina Baker of the St Anne’s Diocesan College’s First X1 Hockey team, is eager to lead their team, the Pietermaritzburg North Regional champs, onto the astro in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. [...]

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Interview With Cara Waud From Epworth School

11th July, 2019|Sport|

Cara Waud, the dynamic captain of Epworth School’s First X1 Hockey team, the Pietermaritzburg Central Regional champs of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge is eager to get onto the astro at the Grand Finals that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The seventeen-year old live-wire, who is [...]

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Interview With Jonelle Geldenhuys From Ferrum High School

11th July, 2019|Sport|

Jonelle Geldenhuys, Captain of the Ferrum High School First X1 Hockey team, will lead her team as current Northern KZN Regional champs onto the astro in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The plucky 18-year old, who [...]

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Interview With Lungelo Manqele from Wartburg Kirchdorf School

11th July, 2019|Sport|

Lungelo Manqele, Captain of the Wartburg Kirchdorf School First X1 Hockey team, will lead her team as current Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi Regional champs onto the astro in the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The Grade 11 [...]

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Interview With Laiken Brisset From Crawford La Lucia

11th July, 2019|Sport|

Laiken Brisset, midfielder for the Crawford La Lucia First X1 Hockey team, the current Durban North Regional champs, is eager to get out onto the field with her teammates for the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge that takes place at St Mary’s DSG, in Durban on July 20 and 21. The [...]

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Ten Teams Head To Grand Finals

11th July, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge Ten Teams St Mary’s DSG, Kloof: 20 and 21 July The ten regionals for the 9th SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge wrapped up recently, and in their wake, the exciting line-up for the Grand Finals has been revealed, with the top teams taking to the St Mary’s DSG astro on [...]

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MSC Week Wraps Up

10th July, 2019|Sport|

The annual MSC Week hosted by the Point Yacht Club concluded recently having had four competitive days of sailing offshore in typical Durban winter fashion. Taking honours in the ORC Division, Durban's Siyanda Vato skippering CFM produced the goods in a competitive Durban fleet. Vato was chased by Gregg Hurter on Belatrix in second and [...]

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Namibian Smashes Durban Record In 30th SPAR Women’s Challenge

23rd June, 2019|Sport|

NAMIBIAN Helalia Johannes (Nedbank International) ran an incredible race in Durban today to win the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge in 30 minutes 59 seconds (30:59), the fastest time over this distance ever recorded in Africa. In doing so she also smashed the Namibian record for the third time in a matter of two months leaving [...]

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Point Yacht Club’s MSC Week

21st June, 2019|Sport|

Offshore Durban: 1 – 5 July Eager sailors will be following this year’s MSC Week’s slogan of Live, Love, Sail to the letter as they take to the water offshore of Durban from 1 – 5 July, hosted by Point Yacht Club. The week long regatta will have the aquatic athletes competing in a variety [...]

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Four Seasons…. Hunting Music

20th June, 2019|Music|

Not quite the pastoral hunting scene which Vivaldi had in mind when he composed his iconic Four Seasons, but Munich-based Korean violinist, Ye-Eun Choi, got inspired in the Durban Natural Science Museum ahead of the final concert in the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) 2019 Winter Season taking place in the Durban City Hall on Thursday [...]

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Four Seasons…. More Than Just A Pizza

20th June, 2019|Music|

Pic by Illa Thompson Experience the original Four Seasons: Vivaldi’s iconic musical masterpiece will be performed by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) in the final concert of the 2019 Winter Season. Pictured trying the Four Season pizza variety are visiting American conductor Robert Moody with KZNPO musicians Simiso Radebe and Sue-Phil Petersen. The final concert [...]

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Brenda Mtambo To Entertain At SPAR Women’s Challenge

19th June, 2019|Music, Sport|

Jonsson Kings Park Stadium: Sunday 23 June This year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the SPAR Women’s Challenge 10/5km, much-loved ‘soul sister’ Brenda Mtambo will take to the stage to entertain the crowds on Sunday 23 June at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium outer fields. Mtambo is known for her powerful, soulful voice, having sung [...]

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KickstArt’s Charlotte’s Web – Review by Chris Sutton (The Rat Line)

18th June, 2019|Theatre|

This gem of a story, penned by American author E.B White, should depress sales of bacon and pork sausages for a bit. But maybe not - as Charlotte points out; humans have short memories! Whilst White was not a vegetarian himself he was apparently very aware that a farmer is one who betrays his animals [...]

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Fast Pace Expected At SPAR Women’s Challenge

18th June, 2019|Sport|

SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km / 5km Durban: Sunday 23 June As thousands of women gear up to participate in the 30th SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km/5km, attention falls on the front runners who will be making great strides towards yet another quick pace in the hopes of an impressive pay out in this milestone event. To [...]

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2019 Jongosi Youth Programme Released

13th June, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival: Friday 13 September Bookings are now open for the 2019 Jongosi Youth programme at the Hilton Arts Festival. The full programme and all details are available on www.hiltonfestival.co.za . Jongosi takes place on the first day of the annual Hilton Arts Festival – 13 September this year – in the grounds of [...]

The Matchume-Mashiloane Project

13th June, 2019|Music|

Matchume from Maputo and Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane from Durban explore new musical horizons Nzango Artist Residency and iSupport Creative Business present the Ponte-Maputo Durban project, a unique exchange opportunity involving two musicians and a photographer taking place throughout the month of June. The two musicians, multi-instrumentalist Matchume and pianist Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane, will be spending [...]

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Mostly Mozart

13th June, 2019|Music|

KZNPO Winter Season Week Three – “Mostly Mozart” Durban City Hall: Thursday 13 June – 7.30pm GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Sodi Braide, noted young British born pianist of Nigerian parentage, is caught playing on the magnificent Steinway piano in Durban’s City Hall for the first time ahead of his performance with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra [...]

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Road Closures And Parking For SPAR Women’s Challenge

13th June, 2019|Sport|

Participants and their supporters of the Durban SPAR Women’s 10/5km Challenge that takes place on Sunday 23 June around Jonsson Kings Park Stadium and Moses Mabhida stadium precinct are reminded to arrive early and plan their route to the race, and where they will park. As always there are a number of road closures that [...]

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Trumpeter Lungani Gumede @ The Rainbow

12th June, 2019|Music|

Saturday 15 June Rainbow Restaurant and Concerts SA present the Lungani Gumede Quintet in Concert- this Saturday, 15 June. We might have seen the last of The Rainbow’s legendary Sunday afternoon concerts for a while but we are blessed to have trumpeter Lungani Gumede leading a quintet of some of Durban's finest onto The Rainbow [...]

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