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Sandton Times Hour Edition 114 Podcast Show Notes

The weekly Sandton Times Hour is a Sandton magazine show that brings the web pages of The Sandton Times to life.


  • Marc Pendlebury, Founder and Co-Owner of WhiskyBrother talks about winning a global award and shares five whiskies to try this World Whisky Day.
  • Performer Ntambo Rapatla shares details of ‘The Dress Code’, a new show at the Theatre on the Square in Sandton.
  • Gillian Kombora, Head Of Digital Marketing for The Capital Hotel, Apartments & Resorts provides a winter travel hack for Cape Town on a budget.
  • Mun Manal, Owner of Ukkō talks about his journey and what makes his restaurant such a popular dining destination.
  • Andrea Shine, Performance Manager and Darren Meltz, Chairperson of the Johannesburg Queer Chorus (JQC) provide all the details around their upcoming performance at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg in June.
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As the only radio show and podcast dedicated to Africa’s richest square mile, this Sandton magazine show is packed with an array of entertaining and informative interviews blended with the best music, every week on Mix 93.8, Mondays at 7pm.


The Sandton Times Hour is the go-to weekly magazine show broadcast from greater Sandton. The Sandton magazine show features 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. In 2023, the radio show and podcast was selected by Feedspot panellists at #15 on a ranking of Top 40 South Africa Podcasts on the web.


In this week’s show [Edition 114 | Week 20] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


WORLD WHISKY DAY With WhiskyBrother Founder and Co-Owner Marc Pendlebury

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Known as the Oscars of Whisky, the annual Icons of Whisky awards international industry leaders, producers, promoters and retailers, judged by an esteemed panel of experts. Image: 2023 Icons of Whisky

In a first for South Africa, specialist whisky retailer, WhiskyBrother has been awarded as the Global Multiple Outlet Retailer of the Year at the 2023 Icons of Whisky announced in London by Whisky Magazine.


The South African retailer, which started out as a Twitter account and blog post, competed against retailers from across the world including Scotland, America, Ireland, Japan and Europe, in two rounds of judging, for this prestigious accolade.


This is the second international award for WhiskyBrother – the first in 2021 when they were awarded as the Global Single Retail Outlet by the same competition, presented online due to COVID-19.


Founder and co-owner of WhiskyBrother, Marc Pendlebury shares his 5 Whisky Picks for World Whisky Day 2023:


Tamdhu 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky – The Special Occassion Pick
Launched in 2022, a limited release single malt whisky from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. Matured for 18 years in a combination of American and European oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chillfiltered, naturally coloured and bottled at 46.8%.

Nose: Dry nutty sherry, cherry, milk chocolate, rum raisin, citrus, baked oats and plum.
Palate: Sherry notes are rich, complex and mouthcoating with vanilla, brown sugar, red apple and dried fruits.
Finish: Long and warming, dried apricot and dates, soft spice and stewed apple.


Speyburn 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky – The Competitively Priced Pick
A 10yo single malt from the Speyburn distillery in Speyside. Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry American oak casks. Bottled at 43%.

Nose: Fresh, clean with a hint of lemon.
Palate: Medium bodied with hints of toffee and butterscotch.
Finish: A long, sweet finish.


Glen Scotia Campbeltown Festival Release – The Unique Pick
In celebration of the Campbeltown Festival taking place this month, buy the limited edition Glen Scotia 8yo 2022 Festival Release on special offer during the month and save, while stocks last. A limited-edition 8 year old single malt released in celebration of the Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malts Festival 2022. Created from a heavy peated spirit distilled in 2013 and matured for seven and a half years in 100% first-fill bourbon barrels, before a twelve-month finish in first-fill Pedro Ximenez hogsheads. Non-chillfiltered, naturally coloured and bottled at a cask strength of 56.5%.

Nose: Signature sea spray on the nose, with a gentle smoke reminiscent of a fading bonfire on a Campbeltown beach.
Palate: Runny treacle, rich spices, and an underlying peat influence come together in harmonious celebration.
Finish: A true taste of Campbeltown, there is a touch of salinity and maritime nuances throughout.


Boplaas 6 Year Old Single Cask – The Local Pick
A single cask release selected by and bottled exclusively for WhiskyBrother&Co. A third whisky collaboration with South African distillery Boplaas, this single grain whisky was double matured in ex-bourbon casks for a total of 6 years. Only 259 bottles were produced. Non-chillfiltered, naturally coloured and bottled at a cask strength of 58%.


Kavalan Solist Bourbon Cask – The New World Producer Pick
This release is part of a trio of exclusive Solist releases, which includes a Port Cask and Vinho Barrique, as well as the opportunity to purchase the set at a special price. A single malt from the Kavalan distillery in Taiwan, in their internationally acclaimed and award-winning Solist range of single casks. Distilled in July 2015, bottled earlier this year in July 2022 and matured exclusively in an ex-bourbon barrel (200L). Only 163 bottles produced. Non-chillfiltered, naturally coloured and bottled at cask strength of 54%.


All these releases and more are available on the WhiskyBrother website.


THE DRESS CODE With Performer Ntambo Rapatla

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Ever since Eve grabbed that fig leaf, humankind has been obsessed with what we wear, why we wear, and how we wear the clothes that make us, break us and fake us. Image: The Dress Code

Join seasoned musical theatre and television stars Ntambo Rapatla, Sharon Spiegel Wagner and vocalist, producer and performer Lorri Strauss as they laugh, sing and strut their way through ‘The Dress Code’. This ultimate chic, comedy musical revue is on stage at Theatre on the Square in Sandton until 28 May 2023.


Directed by fashion forward Alan Swerdlow and with musical direction by the stylish, Clifford Cooper, this production is a must see for fashionistas or anyone who enjoys an evening of comedy and music.


‘The Dress Code’ takes the audience on a journey that explores the diverse and often humorous issues related to fashion and pokes fun at the complexities of our relationship with clothing. Whether you are addicted to online shopping, have opinions on fast fashion, or worry about not wearing the right dress code to a function, this show has something for anyone who wears clothes.


Tickets are R200 and are available at Computicket. Weekday evening shows start at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 5pm and 8pm and Sundays are at 3pm.


CAPE TOWN ON A BUDGET With The Capital Hotel, Apartments & Resorts Head Of Digital Marketing Gillian Kombora

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This winter, one lucky winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime Hopper Tour from NAC Helicopters Cape Town, a two-night stay at The Capital 15 on Orange, and return flights from LIFT, all worth R30’000! Image: The Capital Hotels, Apartments & Resorts

Picture yourself curled up in a plush bathrobe, sipping on a glass of wine as you gaze out at the majestic mountains of Cape Town. You’re not just staying in any ordinary hotel room – you’re in an Executive Suite at The Capital 15 on Orange by The Capital Hotels, Apartments & Resorts.


Read Win A R30’000 Cape Town Vacation With The Capital Hotels, Apartments & Resorts for all the details.


UKKŌ RESTAURANT With Owner Mun Manal

The restaurant promises a unique dining and culinary experience, with memorable service and a perfectly balanced tapas style offering. Image: The Sandton Times

Ukkō, a stylish Mediterranean Tapas and Sushi restaurant with a wine and mixology bar is located at the upmarket Nicolway Shopping Centre. Ukkō is the brainchild and solo venture of seasoned restaurateur, Mun Manal, who has been in the restaurant industry for over 23 years, having previously operated Mezepoli and Plaka Group.


Ukkō gets its name from “Ukkonen”, a Finnish mythology referencing the god of the sky, weather, harvest and thunder. In the same mythology it was customary to come together and consume food and alcoholic beverages as a sacrifice. The celebration was believed to guarantee good weather and harvest for the year ahead. The symbol which is an “anchor looking hammer” represents the weapon Ukkō used to strike lightening.


The dishes are prepared with quality ingredients, meticulously put together to deliver mouth-watering flavours, paired with the finest South African wines and crafted cocktails.


The restaurant’s interior has a modern Med-Asian feel, with warm wood tones and natural stone finishes, in a relaxed setting, giving the space a cozy yet trendy feel that transports you to a tranquil space. Ukkō is the perfect place to share the simple joy of great food with family and friends.


To book a spot at Ukkō, visit their website.


THE JOHANNESBURG QUEER CHORUS (JQC) With Performance Manager Andrea Shine & Chairperson Darren Meltz

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Various Voices is the main European LGBTQ+ Choir Festival of LEGATO, the European Association of LGBTQ+ choirs. Image: Johannesburg Queer Chorus

The Johannesburg Queer Chorus is about to embark on our journey to represent South Africa at the Various Voices Festival in Bologna, Italy! Before they say Ciao Italia, they’ll be sharing their musical journey for one night only.


The Johannesburg Queer Chorus ‘The Road We Travel’ details:
Venue: Deutsche Internationale Schule
Date: 4 June 2023
Time: 6pm; Doors open at 5:30pm


Tickets to the Johannesburg Queer Chorus ‘The Road We Travel’ performance are R100 and available on Quicket.


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  • Altego – Bling Bling


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