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.

Pavishen Paideya

13th February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Our 12th ‘Love the Arts’ feature is with birthday boy, Pavishen Paideya. Pavi has danced his way into many a dance audience’s heart over the years. He became a professional dancer nine years ago and performs tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, Spanish, kathak and Bollywood, oh and he choreographs too. Especially over the last year, he [...]

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Musa Hlatshwayo

12th February, 2021|Other|

In day 11 of our ‘Love the Arts’ feature, we chat to Musa Hlatshwayo - choreographer & dancer extraordinaire. He has performed in many conventional & non-conventional spaces, he has toured through a few states in America, extensively though the UK & Africa & says he has most enjoyed performing in Africa. He rarely looks [...]

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Denis Hurley Centre AGM

11th February, 2021|Other|

The Denis Hurley Centre AGM and anniversary commemoration of Archbishop Hurley Denis Hurley Centre on YouTube: Sat 13 Feb: recorded AGM viewable from 7am, live interactive session: 11am The Denis Hurley Centre Annual General Meeting, stakeholder report back and commemorative prayers will be taking place on-line this year. The pre-recorded material will be viewable from [...]

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Kirsty Ndawo

11th February, 2021|Uncategorized|

Our tenth performer that we met up with is the sensational dancer Kirsty Ndawo. She has been dancing since she was in crèche and is trained in ballet and contemporary mainly but has picked up a few more skills along the way. She has completed her RAD Adv 2, did a year dance residency with [...]

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Lisa Goldstone

10th February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Day nine of our ‘Love the Arts’ feature, we go behind the scenes with Lisa Goldstone. She introduces herself by saying, “Hi, my name is Lisa and I like listening to music, writing poetry and random adventures.” She studied Drama and Performance at UKZN Howard College and completed her Honours Degree in 2015. She started [...]

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Bryan Hiles And Cara Roberts

10th February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Day six of our ‘Love the Arts’ feature, we catch up with versatile duo Bryan Hiles and Cara Roberts. Masterful Bryan has been dazzling local audiences for two decades since studying drama at Tech. He has worked from coast to coast, including starting 2020 at the Sharjah International Fringe Festival. Energetic Cara has been performing [...]

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Clare Mortimer

10th February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

In day eight of our ‘Love the Arts’ feature, we chat to captivating actress and director Clare Mortimer. What do you love about performing? Nothing and everything. On a daily basis I berate myself for this career path! So much so that for nearly three years I didn’t perform live at all. I am an [...]

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Amanda Kunene

10th February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

In day seven of our ‘Love the Arts’ feature, we meet Amanda Kunene a performer, singer, actor and dancer. She loves every aspect of performing arts. She has been performing rom as young as she can remember, but professionally for 10 years now. She is a BA Music and Drama Performance Studies graduate and a [...]

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Laurie Glenny

6th February, 2021|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Day five in our ‘Love the Arts’ feature we meet artist Laurie Glenny. Since graduating as a Fine Artist in 1994, she is never without a paintbrush in her hands, but often with a commercial design or teaching ‘hat’ on. However, after a bout of illness in 2009, she took some time off to focus [...]

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Cathy Peacock

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

Our fourth artist in our ‘Love the Arts’ feature that we had the honour of spending time with is the sonorous trumpet player, Cathy Peacock. Cathy is the founding member of Platform Jazz and is a full time member of the KZN Philharmonic. She started playing when she was nine. Her Dad was teaching her [...]

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FlatFoot Zinhle Nzama And Siseko Duba

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

In today’s ‘Love the Arts’ feature we got to spend time with two contemporary dancers, Zinhle Nzama and Siseko Duba. Both of these powerful, expressive dancers are with the main FLATFOOT Dance Company. Zinhle has been performing with FLATFOOT for seven years now and Siseko joined the Newlands township dance development programme in 2010 and [...]

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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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