Sandton Times Hour

Sandton Times Hour Edition 100 Podcast Show Notes

The only radio show and podcast dedicated to Africa’s richest square mile, the weekly SANDTON TIMES HOUR brings the pages of The Sandton Times to life with an array of entertaining and informative interviews, every week on Mix 93.8 FM, Mondays at 7pm.


  • Adrian De Kock, Food and Beverage Director on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Jade provides a behind-the-scenes look at cruise hospitality.
  • UK journalist Sara Macefield, talks about her experience cruising South African waters.
  • South Africa’s Adele Mackenzie, Editor, Travel News Weekly and Tourism Update looks at cruise numbers for South Africa.
  • Spanish journalist Javier Ortega Figueiral shares his insights on cruise trends.
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THE SANDTON TIMES HOUR is the go-to weekly digest on greater Sandton including fabulous food spots, luxurious lifestyle bits, first-hand travel tips, motoring notes, and world-class entertainment. In this week’s episode [Edition 100 | Week 5] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:



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Food and Beverage Director on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Jade, Adrian De Kock. Image: The Sandton Times

With an impressive track record, Food and Beverage Director on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Jade, South African Adrian De Kock shares some of the inner workings of hospitality onboard, what it takes to make it on a cruise ship and some of his career highlights.


CRUISING SOUTH AFRICA With UK Journalist Sara Macefield

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Sara Macefield, freelance journalist for over a decade in the UK soaks up South Africa’s sun and impeccable views. Image: Sara Macefield

There’s nothing quite like South African weather and combined with the hugely attractive price point, our home on the Southern tip of Africa is one British tourists shouldn’t miss out on. That’s according to Sara who enjoys a return to South Africa, having last visited in 1995. Whilst there are a few things to work on, like service and South Africa’s world renowned crime and safety record, there is so much tourists can enjoy and experience at very reasonable prices, which should have international travelers flocking to our shores.


SOUTH AFRICAN CRUISE NUMBERS With Editor Of Travel News Weekly & Tourism Update Adele Mackenzie

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Miriro Matema, Founding Editor of Gallivant Africa, Adele Mackenzie, Editor of Travel News Weekly and Tourism Update and journalist Javier Ortega Figueiral (Forbes & La Vanguardia) visiting the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. Image: Miriro Matema

Adele reflects on a week long journey on the Norwegian Jade, which had seen the most South African passengers aboard any NCL trip to date, during this first season in the region.


In December 2022, Norwegian Jade became the first vessel in the NCL line’s 18 ship fleet to home-port from the newly developed Cape Town Cruise Terminal, offering international and local guests a 12-day journey along the South African coast with an overnight stay in Cape Town and visits to Mossel Bay, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Richard’s Bay and onwards to Luderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia.


Adele references James Vos, a member of the mayoral committee responsible for economic growth for the City of Cape Town. According to him, the cruise ship sector brings an estimated R100-million in passenger spend to a port on each visit. In addition to this, one job is created for every 12 cruise guests.


Following a milestone inaugural season sailing out of Cape Town, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has set its sights on 2024, bringing the Norwegian Dawn into South African waters.


CRUISE TRENDS with Spanish Journalist Javier Ortega Figueiral

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Javier Ortega Figueiral poses with the Norwegian Jade on its voyage around the Southern African coastline. Image: Javier Ortega Figueiral

The smaller the ship, the more premium and wait till those premium cruise lines really discover South Africa! That is the conversation with Spanish journalist Javier. Overly impressed with what Africa and South Africa has to offer, Javier shares some of his experiences and touches on some cruise trends for 2023.



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