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.

Roland Perold

5th February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Day two of our ‘Love the Arts’ feature we meet the fabulous Roland Perold. Roland spent the early part of lockdown collaborating with fellow musical thespians from around South Africa and created a marvellous piece called Stories 2020. The piece came to fruition and was staged at the Seabrookes Theatre in December. He has performed [...]

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Contagious Creativity

4th February, 2021|Art|

The Studios at Lifestyle Centre, Ballito: 5 Feb – 9 March 2021 Opening – day-time Friday 5 February The new Gallery in Ballito’s Lifestyle Centre is opening its second exhibition, titled “Contagious Creativity”, on Friday 5 February 2021, running till 9 March 2021 featuring mixed media work by some of the most interesting new creatives [...]

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Straw Nzimande

2nd February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

The first artist that we catch up with in our ‘Love the Arts’ feature is the lovely Mpilo ‘Straw’ Nzimande. Straw, a hugely talented physical actor studied at UKZN PMB and has been a professional actor for eight years. His favourite place that he has performed is The Guild Theatre in East London and he [...]

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Love The Arts

1st February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Building up to the month of love, one can’t help but reminisce back to era where artists could ‘perform freely’. PubMat decided to find out from a few of our favourites, what they love about their craft. So they have teamed up with, the award winning photographer, Val Adamson Photography, who with some time on [...]

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Exploring A New Way Of Learning

28th January, 2021|Other|

Swales Online Academy: Exploring a new way of learning. First term to go ahead as scheduled at new Swales Online Academy. Swales Online Academy, the brand new innovative, contemporary educational platform, is ready to welcome fulltime students for the 2021 academic year, proceeding with first term start-up as planned. Swales Academy is a co-ed institution [...]

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Finding Beauty, Inspiring Hope

26th January, 2021|Art|

‘We don’t find beauty; we make the world beautiful by paying attention.’ (Ralph Emmer) Lauriana Glenny solo exhibition Finding Beauty, Inspiring Hope Stepping Stone Studios, Assagay: view by appointment Walkabout: Sat 30 Jan at noon Finding Beauty, Inspiring Hope: A collection of oils on canvas and luxurious charcoal drawings by artist Lauriana Glenny celebrating the [...]

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Fiona Kirkwood Exhibits At 11th International Fiber Art Biennale

14th January, 2021|Art|

Exciting news - Durban artist, Fiona Kirkwood heard today that her award-winning latest installation, Rain, will be exhibited at the 11th International Fiber Art Biennale: “From Lausanne to Beijing”, curated out of Beijing China, which can be viewed online from this Saturday, 16 January, exhibiting alongside some of the most respected global art makers. In [...]

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Finding Beauty, Inspiring Hope – POSTPONED

17th December, 2020|Art|

EXHIBITION POSTPONED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR ‘We don’t find beauty; we make the world beautiful by paying attention.’ (Ralph Emmer) Lauriana Glenny solo exhibition Finding Beauty, Inspiring Hope Stepping Stone Studios: scheduled to open from Saturday 19 December 2020 – now postponed It is with deep regret and after much deliberation that artist Lauriana Glenny [...]

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St John Launches Innovative First Aid e-Learning

16th December, 2020|Other|

The Order of St John in South Africa is transforming the First Aid training sector by introducing a world-first, international gold standard First Aid e-learning course. The innovative 18-hour first aid blended learning course combines the theoretical component of First Aid Level 1; with a classroom-based practical hosted at St John Training Centres across South [...]

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New Promo Video For 1000 Hills Tourism

15th December, 2020|Other|

1000 Hills Tourism CTO launches new promo video KZN: The Valley of a 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation has launched their newest promotional video to once more highlight the memorable experiences that families can enjoy over this festive season and beyond. The video shows that the beautiful hills and valleys can be magnificent to look [...]

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Christopher Duigan: Calm in the Chaos

14th December, 2020|Music|

Piano concerts adapting to change One of the country’s most prolific and accomplished concert pianists, Christopher Duigan, has performed two live streamed free concerts every week throughout lockdown. So far he has clocked in an astonishing 70 concerts since the beginning of lockdown! Duigan, and his Music Revival initiative, are synonymous with accessible live classical [...]

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Let It Rain

9th December, 2020|Art|

Fiona Kirkwood, internationally recognized South African artist, wins major global award. DURBAN: It has just been announced that Durban artist, Fiona Kirkwood, has just won a Silver Medal for her latest installation, Rain, in a major international show “From Lausanne to Beijing” curated out of Beijing China to be viewed online in January, exhibiting alongside [...]

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16 Days of Activism

25th November, 2020|Other|

“Love has no gender - compassion has no religion - character has no race.” Abhijit Naskar #16DaysofActivisim #GBV #UNiTE #OrangeTheWorld

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It Grows

25th November, 2020|Music|

A Musical Revue by Simthandile Mtolo Seabrooke’s Theatre, DHS: 3, 4, 5 Dec at 7pm It Grows, The Musical is a solo music revue and multi-media art exhibition experience that looks at the complexity of life and love, from an honest and intrinsically personal perspective of a black woman working in the arts - created [...]

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Stories 2020 ~ Be part of the journey.

24th November, 2020|Music|

Welcome theatre lovers. Be part of the journey… Ok. So where are we going? Seabrookes Theatre @ Durban High School: Sunday 13 December @ 11.30am As the end of a very peculiar year approaches, many of us have endured a rollercoaster of hardships and challenges and have material for phenomenal tales. One such creative musical [...]

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Spring Serenade

18th November, 2020|Music|

The KZN Youth Orchestra in Concert St Thomas Church: Sun 29 Nov at 11am The KZN Youth Orchestra has formed a chamber ensemble of 14 of their core players who will present a delightful concert of Baroque, Classical, Rock and Contemporary music entitled Spring Serenade, on Sunday 29 November at St Thomas Church, Musgrave starting [...]

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Poppy Day: Lest we Forget

10th November, 2020|Other|

Honouring Edwin Swales This month, we remember those who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty, in armed conflicts around the globe. Armistice Day – or Poppy Day as it is better known - is commemorated around the world on November 11. At DHS, we remember the brave men who fought during the [...]

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Exploring A New Way Of Learning With Swales Online Academy

27th October, 2020|Other|

Swales Online Academy at Durban High School - Exploring a new way of learning Durban High School is collaborating with DigiCampus to launch Swales Online Academy, an innovative, contemporary educational platform, which will be ready to welcome fulltime students for the 2021 academic year. Operating out of Durban’s prestigious DHS campus, Swales Academy will be [...]

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The League

9th October, 2020|Sport|

Durban Summer / Winter Sailing Season: 24 October – 26 June Eager Durban sailors will be hitting the water for the brand new L26 racing series simply called The League, that will take place both inshore and offshore over 20 Saturdays during the 2020 and 2021 Sailing Season. Three series will be accommodated in The [...]

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World Sight Day

9th October, 2020|Other|

#HopeInSight Thursday 8 October 2020 Today is World Sight Day - the most important advocacy and communications day in the eye health calendar to encourage people to be aware of eye care. Understanding that 75% of the world’s vision impairment is avoidable, the focus globally is to encourage people to take an eye test. St [...]

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NEWF 2020

7th October, 2020|Other|

Community re-imagined in a social VR World Inhabit your avatar and attend the 2020 Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress in a virtual world. New dates confirmed: 25 – 30 October 2020 DURBAN: The NEWF2020 Congress (the annual Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress) will take place in a real-time virtual world from 25 – [...]

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6th October, 2020|Theatre|

KickstArt presents: SYLVIA A Romantic Comedy about a man… and his dog. Enjoy a few hours of furry, feel-good theatre! SEABROOKE’S THEATRE, DHS, St Thomas Road 23 Oct – 1 Nov (Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week) Fridays 7pm; Saturdays 2.30pm; Sundays 11am & 3pm Tickets R150 throughout - Computicket Seating unreserved through Computicket [...]

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Durban App Development Course Now In Cape Flats

18th September, 2020|Other|

Durban App development course now being taught on the Cape Flats Respected Cape Town-based tech / education NGO, Genesis Community IT Initiative (Genesis CITI) or better known as the I-CAN Centre, is the latest organisation to partner with Durban’s IT Varsity offering their bespoke online IT digital literacy training to marginalised young adults in and [...]

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The Ultimate Countdown

18th September, 2020|Music, Theatre|

Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya: online from 18 Sept This Friday, 18 September sees the launch of The Ultimate Countdown - the first online show to be staged at Rockwood, Sibaya. “We are counting down some of the best songs from our show,” explains show host, theatre owner and the creator of the shows, Andrew Webster. “It [...]

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Ethiopian Film, Finding Sally

12th September, 2020|Other|

To Screen at DIFF - 10 - 20 September August and September will be a period for Ethiopian filmmaker, Tamara Mariam Dawit, who has the African premiere of her documentary Finding Sally, at the Durban International Film Festival (10-20 September) Finding Sally is a haunting film that unravels a secret held by her aunts, that [...]

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