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Thursday, July 18, 2019


(Anton Lasich)

One of Durban’s strongest supporters of the arts, Anton Lasich, passed away at his home in Morningside on July 10, 2019.

He is probably best known for his publication, Durbs Magazine, which he started in April, 2010. The purpose of this highly informative on-line magazine was to promote theatre, performers, performances and events in Durban.

Lasich was educated at St Henry’s Marist College in Durban and Christian Brothers College in Kimberley before finishing his schooling at SACS in Cape Town where he earned himself a Matric exemption and entrance into the University of Stellenbosch.

He completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology in 1987. Following on from his degree, he completed his honours in Anthropology. He based his thesis for his Masters on a socio-economic study at Cross Roads in Cape Town.

Programming. IT, all thing computers and design remained a passion throughout Lasich’s life. In 2007, he started Designme and he was the former owner at Kwazulunatal dot com specialising in website design implementation. He was also the owner of Account Processors, focusing on preparing accounts for medical professionals. From April 2019 until his death, he was the co-owner at Banan Designs, Durban.

He thoroughly enjoyed and found his purpose in service to others which was a common thread throughout his life.

“Shortly after he launched Durbs Magazine on April 1 in 2010, Anton told me he wanted to carry the artSMart Events list on it. I was delighted because I knew this inclusion on Durbs Magazine - as well as any other website he had to support the arts - would give the Events List a much wider viewership. I pay tribute to his passion for the arts and his support of artSMart. It will be a strange and sad feeling each week not to email him with the updated Events List,” says artSMart owner/editor, Caroline Smart.