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Sandton Times Hour Edition 116 Podcast Show Notes

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


  • LEGO Group Set Designer, Ollie Gregory chats about his fascinating job and what goes into designing for one of the world’s most loved building bricks.
  • The Miss South Africa 2023 Top 30 finalists provide some insight into their journey this year.
  • Makaira Govender, Contributor to The Sandton Times shares a brief update on some of the events she attended over the past weeks.
  • Plus, bonus interview with LEGO Group Set Designer, Milan Madge chats about some of the sets he has designed and more background info on one of the best jobs in the world and more of the Miss South Africa 2023 Top 30 finalists sharing their stories and aspirations.
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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 offers readers all they ever wanted online, and 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 116 | Week 22] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


LEGO Sets With LEGO Group Set Designer Ollie Gregory & Milan Madge

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The LEGO Ideas Jazz Quartet, designed by Ollie Gregory, features brick-built figures of a pianist, bassist, trumpeter and drummer in dynamic poses, plus highly detailed buildable models of their instruments – a grand piano, double bass, trumpet and drum kit. Image: LEGO

LEGO Senior Designers Ollie Gregory & Milan Madge recently visited South Africa and sat down with The Sandton Times to share some background to the world’s most popular building bricks.


Ollie has designed LEGO sets including the Jazz Quartet, The Ice Castle, 123 Sesame Street, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and so many more, whilst Milan is the man behind the Lion Knights’ Castle, Pirates of Barracuda Bay, the Space Shuttle Discovery, to name a few.


For more information, visit the LEGO website.


The Miss South Africa 2023 Top 30 Finalists

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The Miss South Africa Top 30 at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton. Image: Miss South Africa

Carmen Barnard (24) is representing Gauteng. She is a model, dog lover and has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of South Africa. Carmen has become known for her critical thinking and passion for fostering diversity and inclusivity and uses her platform to promote female leadership and empowerment. She always makes time for her passions which includes her love of pasta which she would happily eat every day.


Lerato Maponya (26) is from Johannesburg, Gauteng, but was born in Soweto. She graduated in International Relations from the University of Pretoria and currently works as an HR Manager in the emergency service industry. She has always been passionate about philanthropy and giving back to her community. She’s a MARVEL fan who loves trying different restaurants. If she is not watching MasterChef, she is pretending to be the chef in her own cooking show which she calls “That’s how you cook it”.


Lungo Katete (26) from Midrand in Johannesburg, Gauteng, is a creative at heart with a flair for all things design. This led her to achieve her Bachelors, Honours and Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand. She considers herself to be very graceful, resilient, ambitious, charismatic and loves to explore her creative side through music.


Bryoni Govender (26) is from Johannesburg and is a qualified lawyer working as a trainee associate, whilst awaiting admission to become an attorney. She describes herself as graceful, ambitious and courageous, and loves a good mutton curry on the weekend. She adores animals but dogs are her favourite. She also loves travelling and would like to have a conversation with Angelina Jolie because of the way she uses her platform as an actress for women empowerment by shining light on women and girls’ rights around the world.


Bryoni Govender made the Top 12 in 2018.


Jordan van der Vyver (27), from Durbanville, Western Cape, is a model and businesswoman who recently embarked on an entrepreneurial journey as the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of an online pioneering platform. She aims to provide aspiring individuals with invaluable insights, expert advice and comprehensive resources. Her prime concern is cultivating an inclusive society.


Jordan van der Vyver is married. She previously placed in the Top 10 (2020).


Natasha Joubert (25), from Tshwane in Gauteng, is a BCom Marketing Management graduate and is the owner and fashion designer of Natalia Jefferys, a company she started when she was 19. She has never let her circumstances define her future and wants to enable others to also learn independence and creating their own narrative. She enjoys spending time in nature, hiking and being with loved ones.


Natasha represented the country at Miss Universe after she made the Top 3 in 2020.


Read the full story: Miss South Africa 2023 Top 30 Revealed


Mzansi Food & Drink Show, NatGeo & Huawei Launches With Sandton Times Contributor Makaira Govender

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The HUAWEI P60 Pro rocks a Rococo Pearl finish – a gorgeous blend of modern technology with an 18th-century French art style that’ll make heads turn. Image: HUAWEI

Mzansi Food & Drink Show
The Mzansi Food & Drink Show will take place at the Kyalami Convention Centre from 15 to 17 June 2024. This mega food and drink festival will incorporate previous events including the hugely successful and popular Coffee & Chocolate Expo and Fire & Feast with new additions Fine Food & Wine, Bar & Good Spirits and the Mzansi Food Market.


Visitors to the show will be able to enjoy food and drink tastings, cooking demos, masterclasses, special offers and a marketplace filled with gastronomic delights. It promises to be a fun-filled event, catering for the whole family, and taking place over a long weekend that includes Youth Day and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16 – the perfect occasion for the Fire & Feast Festival in particular to entertain dads and lads with all things outdoor, meat and braai.


For more information, visit the Mzansi Food & Drink Show website.


Secrets Of The Elephants
In celebration of Earth Day 2023, National Geographic and the Walt Disney Company Africa hosted the launch of the epic four-part series SECRETS OF THE ELEPHANTS. Guests attending the exclusive launch were whisked off to Ivory Tree Game Lodge for the ultimate wildlife experience.


Read the full story: Nat Geo ‘Secrets of the Elephants’ Launches In The Pilanesberg


HUAWEI Unveils the HUAWEI P60 Pro, HUAWEI Mate X3 and Many More
HUAWEI launched a series of new technologically advanced flagship products. From revolutionary smartphones, laptops, to trendy wearables and more – consumers and tech enthusiasts alike, are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting the latest and greatest products to help them get things done.


For more information, visit the HUAWEI online store.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Mi Casa – ROCK3T
  • Sigala feat. James Arthur – Lasting Lover
  • Jen Jis – These Boots Are Made For Walking (feat. Melody Gardot)


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