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.

Welcome To BRICS Film Festival!

21st July, 2018|Other, Theatre|

Welcome to a feast of film!! Dancer Thobi Maphanga from The Rickshaw Collective infront of Durban’s iconic City Hall, welcomes film lovers and BRICS delegates to the city. Durban is currently the best place on the planet for lovers of film with five major international film events taking place. On Monday, the BRICS Film Festival [...]

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BRICS Film Festival Line Up Announced

20th July, 2018|Other|

Durban Playhouse: 22 – 27 July The line up has been announced for the 2018 BRICS Film Festival taking place in the Playhouse, from 22 – 27 July as part of Durban’s city-wide July focus on film. Each BRICS member state will have a day dedicated to showcase five of their best recent films – [...]

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Denis Hurley Centre’s Mobile Clinic Is On The Road

19th July, 2018|Other|

The Denis Hurley Centre (DHC) is proud to be adding a mobile clinic to their roster of services, courtesy of the Japanese Embassy's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects programme, Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Durban in Riverhorse Valley, and SA Van Conversions, based in Westmead. Through their off-site outreach programs the DHC provides primary healthcare [...]

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BRICS Film Festival

17th July, 2018|Other|

Durban Playhouse: 22 – 27 July DURBAN: One of the events aligned to the tenth annual 2018 BRICS summit - an international relations conference attended by the heads of state or heads of government of its five member states Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – is the BRICS Film Festival coming to the [...]

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Jazzing Up African Tales – Femi Koya Releases New Album & Tour, Village Afrobeat

17th July, 2018|Music|

In association with Concerts SA, Afrobeat saxophonist Femi Koya releases his new album, Village Afrobeat, and presents it live on a national tour. Next stops: Durban and Pretoria. Music composer and performer, versatile saxophonist and dynamic vocalist, Femi Koya released his third album entitled Village Afrobeat (Femzee Productions, 2018) on 20th April. The Village Afrobeat [...]

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Word In From KickstArt Theatre Productions

16th July, 2018|Theatre|

Dear Theatre Lovers, Due to the unprecedented response from the public, we are delighted to announce that our sold out production of THE BFG will be remounted in the March school holidays 2019, with the same terrific cast at the Sneddon Theatre! This will be for a short run of 12 performances, from 20 to [...]

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Feast of Films for Durban

14th July, 2018|Other|

Feast of Films for Durban Durban is about to be the best place on the planet for lovers of film with five major international film events taking place over the next fortnight. The winter Durban film season kicks off with the second edition of the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) which will take [...]

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U.S. Orchestra Tribute For Madiba’s Centenary

13th July, 2018|Music|

American Minnesota Orchestra U.S. ORCHESTRA TRIBUTE FOR MADIBA’S CENTENARY “Music for Mandela” marks first-ever South Africa Tour and cultural exchange with a professional U.S. orchestra Celebrating Mandela from Minneapolis The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra prepares to launch its Music for Mandela project at Orchestra Hall in the northern U.S. city of Minneapolis this week. The [...]

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National Geographic Society At NEWF

11th July, 2018|Other|

NEWF 2018 Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress Durban Botanic Gardens: July 16 - 18 DURBAN: Dustin Renwick, programme officer for Storytelling Grants at the National Geographic Society, will be at NEWF 2018. The Durban Botanic Gardens is once again the venue for the second edition of the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) [...]

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Nosihe Zulu @ The Jazzy Rainbow

11th July, 2018|Music|

Saturday 21st July This performance by Nosihe Zulu at The Jazzy Rainbow is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape. Durban’s jazz [...]

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Fixtures Announced For The SPAR School Girls’ Hockey Challenge

10th July, 2018|Sport|

St Mary’s DSG, Kloof: 21 – 22 July The fixtures and umpires for the eighth SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge have been announced with the ten teams participating heading to St Mary’s DSG, Kloof to face each other in the much anticipated Grand Finals on 21 & 22 July. In Pool A, host school [...]

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Entries Open For Maritzburg SPAR Women’s 10 / 5km

10th July, 2018|Sport|

Pietermaritzburg: Sunday 19 August Online and bulk entries are now open for the Maritzburg SPAR Women’s 10/5km Challenge taking place in the KZN Capital on Sunday 19 August. The Challenge starts at 8am for both the 10km and 5km in Princess Margaret Drive outside Maritzburg College and ends at The Oval Cricket Stadium in Alexandra [...]

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Hilton Arts Festival 2018 Jongosi Programme

9th July, 2018|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton College: 14 – 16 September Bookings for the youth orientated part of the Hilton Arts Festival, the Jongosi Schools Festival is full steam ahead, with the full line up being announced. The Jongosi programme takes place on the first day of the three day festival which takes place on the magnificent grounds of Hilton [...]

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Ten Teams For The Grand Finals

9th July, 2018|Sport|

SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge St Mary’s DSG: 21 & 22 July Ten top teams have earned their spot at this year’s SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Grand Finals that will take place at St Mary’s DSG on 21 and 22 July. The tournament travelled to ten regions during the early part of the [...]

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Last Chance To Register For NEWF 2018!

6th July, 2018|Other|

NEWF 2018 Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress Durban Botanic Gardens: July 16 - 18 Film-producers, conservationists, documentary-makers and individuals keen to network and learn more about nature, environment and wildlife filmmaking can still register for the second edition of the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) which will take place at the Durban [...]

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YMCA Signs MoU With Westville Community Corrections

5th July, 2018|Other|

Wednesday 4 July 2018 The ever-proactive Greater Durban YMCA, which provides holistic support for young people, has signed an MoU with the Westville Community Corrections to enable both parties to work more closely together on projects to assist and support ex-offenders and help them integrate back into society. The Y-Justice programme helps to transform young [...]

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NEWF 2018 N.E.W Pitch Finalists Announced

4th July, 2018|Other|

DURBAN: The NEWF N.E.W Pitch short documentary pitching competition aimed at discovering the next generation or nature, environment, wildlife conservation filmmakers, has announced the 2018 finalists. The N.E.W Pitch is one of the key sessions at the Nature Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) taking place from 16 – 18 July at Durban Botanic Gardens [...]

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Ezase West Entertainment All Stars Global Tour Hits KwaZulu-Natal

29th June, 2018|Music|

In association with Concerts SA, Ezase West Entertainment presents the KwaZulu-Natal leg of their All Stars Tour, showcasing an array of hip-hop artists. Soweto-based music agency Ezase West Entertainment is promoting a tour through various venues across KwaZulu-Natal. The artist line-up includes well-known figures in the South African underground hip-hop scene: beat makers, MC’s/rappers, dancers, [...]

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Joe Nina Live In Concert @ The Jazzy Rainbow

29th June, 2018|Music|

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July These performances by Joe Nina at The Jazzy Rainbow are part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western [...]

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ISEA2018 DYR Takeover – Friday

29th June, 2018|Art, Music, Other|

Daily Intersections chat – it was great! The end of a great week of astonishing daily chats with Kevin Minter Brown on DYR getting to know some of the inspiring humans behind the wonderful Intersections week. Dinosaurs…robots…electronic French jazz…under-water soundscapes…recycled art…drifting bouys…weather-station hackathons and graffiti calligraphy in light – we have travelled around the world [...]

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Doodling Fred Paulino

29th June, 2018|Art, Music, Other|

Innovation Festival Thursday 28, Friday 29 June: Bond Shed, Point Saturday 30: KZNSA Gallery Fred Paulino from Brazil – whose Gambiologia project (Brazilian practice of makeshift) has been on show at the KZNSA, tries his hand at 3D drawing at the “doodle spot” which is part of the Innovation Festival “Disruptive Technology Exhibition” in the [...]

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Painting By Robots

29th June, 2018|Art, Music, Other|

Innovation Festival Thursday 28, Friday 29 June: Bond Shed, Point Saturday 30: KZNSA Gallery Jasmin Murugan is enjoying her holiday by building her own drawing robot at the “doodle spot” which is part of the Innovation Festival “Disruptive Technology Exhibition” in the Bond Shed on the Point. Innovation Festival (IF) takes the form of an [...]

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Shhhhhh…. Caught With His Hand In The Cookie Jar!

29th June, 2018|Art, Music, Other|

Innovation Festival Thursday 28, Friday 29 June: Bond Shed, Point Saturday 30: KZNSA Gallery TheMakerSpace’s Stephen Gray was caught red handed ..... having fun with a robotic hand, and a 3D printed skeletal hand at the Innovation Festival “Disruptive Technology Exhibition” in the Bond Shed on the Point. TheMakerSpace team is showcasing drones, 3D printing, [...]

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Shedding Some Light On The Matter:

29th June, 2018|Art, Music, Other|

Innovation Festival Thursday 28, Friday 29 June: Bond Shed, Point Saturday 30: KZNSA Gallery TheMakerSpace’s Laetitia Masson is getting creative at the Innovation Festival “Disruptive Technology Exhibition” in the Bond Shed on the Point. TheMakerSpace team is showcasing drones, 3D printing, 3D scanning and has a fun build-your-own drawing robot at the “doodle spot”. Innovation [...]

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“The Motherboard Of All Festivals!”

29th June, 2018|Art, Art Matters, Music, Other|

By Illa Thompson ISEA2018 / Digifest05 / IF Durban INTERSECTIONS Durban Last few days.... 23 – 30 June 2018 Intersections is an overwhelmingly enormous programme of various forms of electronic art which has been consuming the city over the past week. The main players are ISEA2018: the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art; Digifest05 and [...]

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