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.

12th February, 2020|Uncategorized|

EVITA BEZUIDENHOUT’S 2020 LUTHULI HOUSEKEEPING REPORT (Evita Bezuidenhout has presented her Luthuli Housekeeping Report since 2015 as a forerunner to the annual State of the Nation.) I bring you some good news: Eskom is still here. And some bad news: Eskom is still here! Before I unpack/tick the boxes of my 2020 Luthuli Housekeeping Report [...]

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12th February, 2020|Music|

Music Revival: February 2020 Christopher Duigan on Piano In the last week of February Christopher Duigan presents his monthly series of KZN Music Revival concerts with a beautiful programme of classical piano music, entitled ‘Fantasy’ - a pianistic ‘tour de force’ classical repertoire which highlights fantastical, impulsive and imaginative musical elements as presented in the [...]

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Romantic Brahms, Rachmaninoff To Open KZNPO’S 2020 Summer Season

11th February, 2020|Music|

Durban City Hall: Thurs 13 Feb: 7.30pm Ahead of Valentine’s Day, three pieces from the Romantic period classical music are on the menu for the opening concert in the KZNPO Summer Season, taking place in the Durban City Hall on Thursday 13 February at 7.30pm: Japanese maestro Yasuo Shinozaki conducts two concert staples by Romantic [...]

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Filmmakers Head Up The KZN Coast For Filmmaking Lab

11th February, 2020|Other|

NEWF hosts Advanced Underwater Filmmaking Lab for Six Filmmakers Six intrepid filmmakers journey up the KwaZulu-Natal coastline to participate in the Nature Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers (NEWF) Advanced Underwater Filmmaking Lab this month. The NEWF Underwater Lab, sponsored by Vulcan Productions, heads to Sodwana Bay in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park where the first of three [...]

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“Oberammergau Of Africa”

11th February, 2020|Music, Other, Theatre|

Durban Passion Play Playhouse Drama: 25 March – 12 April The Durban Catholic Players’ Guild will present the 15th Durban Passion Play at the Playhouse Drama Theatre from 25 March until 12 April. The Passion Play strives to restore the true meaning of Easter. It is an epic scale dramatic production depicting Jesus' passion, covering [...]

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KZNPO’S Rousing 2020 Summer Season

10th February, 2020|Music|

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra has announced details of its four-concert 2020 Summer Season. This runs in the Durban City Hall every Thursday between 13 February and 5 March, each concert starting at 19h30. The season continues to espouse the proud tradition of the Orchestra’s World Symphony Series (WSS), which launched in Durban 24 years ago. [...]

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Valentine’s Sunday Jazz Concert

7th February, 2020|Music|

Music unites across faith lines to honour Monsignor Paul Nadal and support the Denis Hurley Centre…. in the month of love! Durban Jewish Centre: Sunday 16 February at 3pm The Denis Hurley Centre will host a fabulously retro summer afternoon jazz concert and olde-style “Tea Dance” to be held at the Durban Jewish Club on [...]

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Chambers Club Launches In The Heart Of The Professional Quarter

6th February, 2020|Uncategorized|

Durban: Chambers Club, a members’ club for South Africa and Africa’s business and professional community located in the iconic Professional Quarter in the heart of the city, launches formally on Tuesday 4 February. The beautiful former Nedbank Building designed by Norman Eaton in central Durban has been transformed into a professional quarter for the legal [...]

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Busy January Concert Series For Music Revival

14th January, 2020|Music|

Pmb, Durban, Ballito, Hillcrest and Kloof concerts Enterprising music entrepreneur, and acclaimed pianist, Christopher Duigan, presents a busy concert series for his Music Revival project, at the end of January. For his January programme, he teams up with long term collaborator, James Grace. Grace studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a [...]

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18th December, 2019|Music|

Locally recorded song makes ECR’s Top 40 Black City Records presents Gloire Mapenzi’s Signs 17 December 2019 A single with a strong social cohesion theme from Durban record label, Black City Records, Signs, has made it to the East Coast Radio Top 40 this week. This tenacious record label is the brainchild of Chatsworth’s Yogan [...]

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uMhlanga Carols Under The Stars

14th December, 2019|Music|

uMhlanga Summer Festival, 2019 Granada Square, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, Thursday 19 December 2019 from 6pm Always a crowd favourite, the annual al-fresco uMhlanga Carols under the Stars takes place at the Granada Square in uMhlanga Rocks on Thursday 19 December from 6pm in the courtyard of one of the favourite shopping and dining destination on [...]

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Unique Magic Show At Seabrooke’s Theatre This December

9th December, 2019|Other, Theatre|

DHS: Seabrooke’s Theatre from Thursday 19 December. A unique magic show, Mysteries, is opening at Seabrooke’s Theatre in Durban on Thursday 19 December. Created by and starring acclaimed magician Russell Comrie, and directed by former Durban director, academic and magician, Murray McGibbon, this one-man show explores the nature of secrets and how they shape our [...]

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Music Revival Christmas Concert

9th December, 2019|Music|

Holy Trinity Church Hillcrest: Tues 10 Dec 7:30 pm Tatham Art Gallery: Fri 13 Dec 7:30 pm Pietermaritzburg-born soprano Bongiwe Madlala will be sharing the stage with MC Andy Capostagno and international concert-pianist Christopher Duigan at a Christmas Concert for Music Revival’s KZN Christmas offering. Music-lovers can look forward to an evening of songs, carols [...]

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Alice In Wonderland Review By Chris Sutton (The RatLine)

5th December, 2019|Theatre|

Betterer and Betterer! KickstArt have trumped the deck with this year's pantomime! Alice in Wonderland was not my favourite story when I was a child. When opening a gift of a richly illustrated edition I was put off by a scary picture of the Cheshire Cat. My interest in the story was rekindled much later [...]

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The Story Of South African Jazz

28th November, 2019|Music|

Volume Two Rivertown Contemporary Art Gallery: Fri 6 Dec 2019 @ 6pm Featuring: South African Jazz Pioneers and Next Generation DURBAN: The Story of South African Jazz, the second volume of the three-part book series about musicians talking about musicians, eras, and influences, will be launched at the Rivertown Contemporary Art Gallery with a free [...]

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Vendors Needed For

28th November, 2019|Markets & Fairs, Music, Other|

Peace and Living Green Festival Inanda Dam: Sun 8 December Stalls are available for vendors to participate in a glorious festive-season day-long Peace and Living Green festival being held at the beautiful Inanda Dam on Sunday 8 December. The festival is being held prior to Christmas and at the beginning of the holidays to allow [...]

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KickstArt’s Alice in Wonderland

26th November, 2019|Theatre|

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre 29 November 2019 to 5 January 2020 KickstArt's family end-of-year 2019 pantomime is a spectacular new production based on the classic book by Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 29 November until 5 January. Durban’s daring and bold theatre production company, KickstArt, has a [...]

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Fun On The Beach This Holiday

21st November, 2019|Holiday, Music, Other|

uMhlanga Summer Festival, 2019 uMhlanga: 14 – 23 December The annual uMhlanga Summer Festival brings a myriad family-centred, holiday activities to uMhlanga for the 2019 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 – 23 December. The theme for this year’s festival is Colours of Africa: Embracing all that is Beautiful. The season, as [...]

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#HeTwo Review By Chris Sutton (The RatLine)

21st November, 2019|Theatre|

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said that "Evita Bezuidenhout is not a woman, Evita Bezuidenhout is a legend." 25 years after his veritable tent full of clowns relinquished power to a new dispensation, Pieter-Dirk Uys still makes the legendary Tannie relevant. In a series of movie clips and on stage appearances, Pieter-Dirk Uys reveals how and [...]

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It’s A Kinda Magic

19th November, 2019|Other|

Practising the art of Sabrage – opening a bottle of champagne with a sword, professional clown – Hilton resident - Gavin Stockden gets in some much needed practice ahead of this Friday’s Beaujolais Nouveau at the Alliance Française de Durban. Stockden will be performing some of his magic and mayhem during the festivities where visitors [...]

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Here Kitty Kitty

19th November, 2019|Theatre|

Pieter Dirk Uys and Evita Bezuidenhout together in #HeTwo: Evita Exposed Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Dbn: 19 – 24 Nov Enjoying a quiet moment after setting up for his show, entertainer Pieter Dirk Uys opted to spend some quality time with some lucky kitties: Cal the Ginger won the heart of the well-known South African entertainer [...]

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You’re Simply The Bass!

18th November, 2019|Music|

Budding double bass player, Hlakanipho Xolo, was among the musicians and singers who spent the weekend rehearsing for a very special fund-raising concert taking place this Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm at the Durban Music School, Play Your Part Gala Performance. Conducted by Russel Guy Scott with the KZN Youth Wind Band, Clermont Community Choir, Voices [...]

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Final Concert In KZN Philharmonic’s 2019 Spring Season

18th November, 2019|Music|

Durban City Hall: Thursdays from 31 October to 21 November Final Week: Thurs 21 November at 7.30pm The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019 Spring Season, wraps up its four week season on Thursday 21 November, each World Symphony Series concert starting at 19h30 in the Durban City Hall. Regrettably last week’s concert was cancelled due to [...]

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14th November, 2019|Uncategorized|

KZN Philharmonic’s 2019 Spring Season Durban City Hall: Week three Thursday 14 November at 7.30pm Good afternoon I have just heard from the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Management that tonight’s Spring Season concert scheduled to take place in the Durban City Hall has been cancelled due to the anticipated storm. The Weather Bureau has suggested that [...]


Play Your Part Gala Performance

14th November, 2019|Music|

KZN Youth Wind Band Durban Music School: Saturday 23 November at 2.30pm Durban: On Saturday 23 November at 2.30pm, the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band (KZNYWB) will present Play Your Part Gala Performance a one-show-only musical programme including two moving wind band pieces honouring significant women of Zulu royal history, Queen Nandi and Princess Mkabayi, in [...]

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