Sandton Times Hour

Sandton Times Hour Edition 113 Podcast Show Notes

With an array of entertaining and informative interviews blended with the best music, every week on Mix 93.8, Mondays at 7pm, the weekly Sandton Times Hour brings the pages of The Sandton Times to life as the only radio show and podcast dedicated to Africa’s richest square mile.


  • John Vlismas talks about his comedic and academic journey to date, as well as his new course ‘Speak Up – A Crash Course in Talking’ with Henley Business School – Africa.
  • Gaz Hollywood, Owner of the Colada Club, best known for restaurants like Proud Mary, Fugazzi and MAMASAMBA, chats about their success so far.
  • Speaker and Author Douglas Kruger, CSP, shares details of his move from South Africa to the island of Jersey as well as his life as an author.
  • Namritha Sivsanker, CEO and Founder of Hope SA Foundation highlights some of the important work her organisation is doing.
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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, business 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 113 | Week 19] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:



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John will cover the design of useful and effective content, bringing in some science about the brain to support his hunches built over 25 years of ethnographic research. Image: Henley Africa

John Vlismas knows how to talk. He’s convinced people to laugh on several continents. He talked some into marrying him (briefly). He’s pitched television shows, films, sponsorship deals, product launches and arena shows. And won.


He’s designed three linked one-hour lessons to tell you what he’s learned. Go at the most feared activity in history from three angles and the chance of doing well goes up, right? John thinks there’s more to it than picturing the audience naked and saying your words nicely. He believes you need to do some thinking about speaking before you start. There are exercises to help embed the learning.


For more information on ‘Speak Up – A Crash Course in Talking’, visit the Henley Africa website.


THE COLADA CLUB With Owner Gaz Hollywood

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The Colada Club is home to restaurant brands MAMASAMBA, Proud Mary and Fugazzi, situated in Rosebank. Image: The Sandton Times

Rosebank is a bustling area filled with a variety of dining options, but three restaurants stand out among the rest: MAMASAMBA, Proud Mary, and Fugazzi. These restaurants are known for their delicious food and unique atmosphere. Each of these brands has its own unique flair that sets them apart from the rest.


MAMASAMBA is a Latin American restaurant that serves Latin American dishes with a modern twist. The restaurant’s atmosphere is warm and inviting, with a contemporary Latin American aesthetic that creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The menu features a range of dishes inspired by the cuisines of different Latin American countries. The restaurant also serves a range of cocktails inspired by Latin American ingredients. MAMASAMBA is a great place to go if you’re looking for a unique dining experience that showcases the best of Latin American cuisine.


Proud Mary is a café-style restaurant that specializes in breakfast and brunch. The restaurant’s interior is bright and airy, with large windows that let in plenty of natural light. The menu features classic breakfast items like pancakes and eggs Benedict, but with a twist. The restaurant also serves a range of specialty coffee drinks. If you’re looking for a relaxed and casual dining experience, Proud Mary is the place to be.


Fugazzi is an Italian restaurant that combines traditional Italian cuisine with modern techniques and ingredients. The restaurant’s interior is sleek and sophisticated, with a contemporary Italian aesthetic that creates a refined and elegant atmosphere. The menu features classic Italian dishes. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list. If you’re looking for an Italian dining experience with good food, Fugazzi is the perfect choice.


Whether you’re looking for Latin American cuisine, classic breakfast dishes with a twist, or modern Italian cuisine, these restaurants have something for everyone. So the next time you’re in the area, be sure to check out MAMASAMBA, Proud Mary, and Fugazzi.


The ISLAND OF JERSEY With Speaker and Author Douglas Kruger

Douglas is the author of 6 business books, including the highly acclaimed ‘Own Your Industry – How to Position Yourself as an Expert,’ with Penguin Random House. A multiple award-winning speaker, his clients include senior management at companies like MultiChoice, BMW, Liberty and HP. In 2015, Liberty and MultiChoice booked him for their multi-city roadshows. Douglas’s results were so exceptional that in 2016, both organisations insisted on using him again.


In 2016, in honour of excellence in his craft, Douglas was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame by his chapter of the Professional Speakers Association. In 2018, he was granted the acclaimed ‘Certified Speaking Professional’ designation by the National Speakers Association in America, the highest earned award granted by this international body, and held by only 12 per cent of speakers globally.


For more information on Douglas Kruger, visit his website.


HOPE SA FOUNDATION With CEO and Founder Namritha Sivsanker

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The primary focus is on initiatives that help South Africa and the African continent gain a more comprehensive understanding of issues like disaster relief, gender-based violence, skill development, and poverty alleviation. Image: Hope SA Foundation

A non-governmental organization in South Africa, Hope SA Foundation supports underprivileged communities on the African Continent and in South Africa.


Hope SA Foundation also aims to increase local involvement in protecting and sustaining the use of the earth’s biological natural resources to support the economic vitality of communities. All projects are driven by needs. Assistance to other groups with similar community service aims is another area of concentration.


Hope SA Foundation also services in areas such primary healthcare, human rights for women and girls, environmental development, HIV/AIDS, disaster assistance, basic education, gender equality and food supplies.


For all the details on how to lend your support, visit the Hope SA Foundation website.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Bob Sinclar – Love Generation
  • Kallisto & The High – Somebody I Used To Know
  • Kallisto – Wherever You Will Go


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