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Friday, August 26, 2022


(Illa Thompson)

Durban’s much-loved and highly supportive publicist, Illa Thompson of Publicity Matters, has been invested as a Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

“This is a chivalric order of which Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign Head (and so similar to an MBE or like the Order of the Baobab in SA). The award recognises the great work that she has done in publicity and outreach for St John in Durban and also the connection between the DHC and St John for hosting our Street Lit project (which Illa co-ordinates),” says Raymond Perrier, director of the Denis Hurley Centre.

“The award was made by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba who is The Prior of the Order in SA at a ceremony in an icy cold Johannesburg yesterday. 

“Congratulations to Illa - and all her booksellers! And many thanks to St John Ambulance - South Africa for your continued partnership with us.”