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Sandton Times Hour Edition 104 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 blended with the best music, every week on Mix 93.8, Mondays at 7pm.


  • Lorna Scott, Founder of the Inverroche Distillery and its world famous gin talks about her business journey and helping entrepreneurs build their communities.
  • Herman Swart, General Manager of The Maslow Hotel in Sandton reflects on the hotels 10-year Anniversary this year.
  • South African soprano Pretty Yende shares her journey from Piet Retief to performing at the coronation of King Charles III.
  • Wessel Visser, Director: Corporate FUJIFILM South Africa chats about the opening of their new head office in Sandton.
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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 and so much more beyond the borders of greater Sandton. The radio show and podcast has been selected by Feedspot panellists at #15 on a ranking of Top 40 South Africa Podcasts on the web for 2023. In this week’s episode [Edition 104 | Week 9] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


INVERROCHE GIN With Founder Lorna Scott

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Inverroche Distillery was founded by Lorna Scott and her family in the southern Cape coastal village of Still Bay, at the tip of the African continent. Image: Inverroche Distillery

As the pioneers of South African craft gin, Inverroche has gone from a small home industry to the largest handcrafted luxury gin brand in just 10 short years. The portfolio includes a core range of three award winning variants of gin, three limited editions, two rums and three liqueurs and is already available in 30 countries on 4 continents.


What differentiates the brand is its use of rare, indigenous flora known as “fynbos” from the Western Cape, which grows nowhere else on the planet. “Fynbos” has long been used by indigenous people for medicinal and culinary purposes but is now under threat due to agricultural development and invasive alien plants. Lorna felt that one way of preserving this unique biome would be to find a sustainable, commercial use for it and to create a global brand which would tell the story of these historically significant plants which contributed to the survival and emergence of modern humans.


Gin is, at its core, a social creation. It is our belief that the creation of the gins themselves should have a social impact beyond the simple enjoyment of our products, and to create opportunity. It is this belief that has kept Inverroche heavily involved and linked to the community – as the brand prospers, so should the people of Still Bay, where Inverroche is proud to employ just under 70% indigenous women from the local area that subsequently means at least 45 families are directly sharing in Inverroche’s success! Invested in its community, while producing world class gins and spirits, Inverroche has grown to a flourishing and pioneering craft distillery.


For more information on Inverroche, visit the website.


The MASLOW HOTEL SANDTON 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY With General Manager Herman Swart

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The Maslow Hotel in Sandton is a business-centric hotel set in a large, lush, natural garden, which makes the hotel a green lung in Sandton. Image: The Maslow Hotel

The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, part of Sun International, marks its 10-year Anniversary this year. Set in a large, lush, natural garden, which makes the hotel a green lung in Sandton, The Maslow Hotel, under the guidance of General Manager Herman Swart has enjoyed a renewed success following the turmoil of a multi-year pandemic.


January kicked off well above expectations, the best figures the hotel has seen even before Covid-19, which Herman puts down to three things: the hotel’s staff and interaction with guests (the hotel as such benefits from a high repeat clientele), the quality of guests that stay and the hotel’s setting with large garden, which is a tranquil oasis.


Local travel is coming back nicely, while international travel is taking more time. Conferencing has also made a remarkable recovery.


For more information on The Maslow Hotel, visit the website.



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Pretty started at the age of 16, when she first got into touch with Opera by hearing Delibes’ Flower Duet on a television advertisement. Image: Sony Music

Born in in the small town of Piet Retief, South African soprano Pretty Yende has risen to the top of the opera world with unparalleled speed. With her magnetic charm, acclaimed operatic and solo performances worldwide, and a critically lauded discography, South African soprano Pretty Yende has quickly become one of the brightest stars of the classical music world.


Since making her professional operatic debut at the Latvian National Theatre in Riga as Micaela in Carmen, she has been seen at nearly all of the major theaters of the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Opernhaus Zürich and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, as well as most recently Vienna Staatsoper.


Of late, Pretty has been invited to perform at King Charles’ III coronation in May 2023.


For more information on Pretty Yende, visit her website.



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Managing Director Fujifilm South Africa, Taro Kawano; President & CEO Fujifilm Europe, Toshihisa Iida; H.E. Ambassador Shigeru Ushio (Ambassador of Japan); and Managing Director Fujifilm Middle East, Michio Kondo cut the ribbon at the new head office opening ceremony. Image: The Sandton Times

FUJIFILM’s presence in South Africa marks a new chapter as the Japanese multinational conglomerate opened its new head office in Sandton.


At 999m², the newly constructed five-storey FUJIFILM head office incorporates the FUJIFILM Technology Centre Africa, office space for employees, boardrooms, a FUJIFILM repair centre and a 30-seater auditorium for training purposes.


Read the full story on The Sandton Times: FUJIFILM South Africa Opens New Head Office In Sandton.


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  • Daft Punk – One More Time
  • Avicii ft. Sandro Cavazza – Without You
  • Parra for Cuva Feat. Anna Naklab – Wicked Games


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