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Sandton Times Hour Edition 118 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.


  • Nico Myburgh, General Manager of Sun International’s flagship property, The Palace of the Lost City, chats about his new appointment.
  • Executive Chef at the helm of The Palace of the Lost City kitchens, Chef Wesli Jacobs, talks about his plans for The Palace dishes.
  • Andy de Wet, Owner of CND Nursery based in Sandton shares the details of his Agapanthus Black Jack, which won best flower of the year at the Chelsea Flower Show.
  • Comedian Daliso Chaponda shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) and is heading to Sandton this week for two live shows.
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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 118 | Week 24] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY New General Manager Nico Myburgh

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Nico Myburgh, the newly appointed General Manager of The Palace at Sun City, is determined to propel the iconic hotel to new heights of success. Image: Sun International

With 12 years of experience at Sun International’s premier property, Nico returns with a clear objective of repositioning The Palace as a deluxe six-star hotel. The recent refurbishments, including the addition of the world-class Royal Spa and Salon, as well as a comprehensive refresh of rooms and suites, have already resulted in increased occupancy rates, setting the stage for Nico’s mission.


Having previously served as the Hotel Manager at The Table Bay Hotel during the pandemic, Nico believes his passion and strong work ethic make him the right fit for the role. He expresses his deep love for The Palace and its people, relishing the opportunity to engage with customers and create memorable experiences for them. The hotel’s rich history and reputation as a global destination for major events and conferences make it an easy sell to guests of all ages.


As an iconic hotel with stunning architecture and hand-painted ceilings, The Palace holds a special place in Nico’s heart. He is determined to exceed the expectations of every traveler who stays at this remarkable property. Nico’s leadership comes at a time when Sun International is focused on recovering from the pandemic, with local travel demand rising and international leisure travel and conferencing gradually picking up.


To ensure a unique and exceptional experience for each guest, Nico emphasizes the importance of thorough planning and flawless execution. The team at The Palace, consisting of 540 members, works tirelessly to deliver outstanding service to guests, regardless of their status or background. The hotel has welcomed renowned guests, including celebrities like Michael Jackson, Elton John, and Morgan Freeman, among others.


Nico recognizes the value of teamwork and empowers his staff to communicate openly and precisely, aiming for faster service and minimal troubleshooting.


Visit the Sun International website for more information.


THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY New Executive Chef Wesli Jacobs

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Prior to his current role, Wesli served as the Executive Chef at Sun International’s The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, where he catered to high-profile guests from around the world. Image: Sun International

Wesli Jacobs, the Executive Chef at Sun International’s The Palace at the Lost City, has achieved remarkable success in the hospitality industry through his dedication and passion.


With a strong culinary background and an unwavering commitment to his craft, Wesli has earned a reputation for his exceptional skills and innovative approach to gastronomy. Having started his culinary journey at a young age in Durban, he has pursued his passion by obtaining a diploma in cookery and kitchen management and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration in hospitality management.


Now overseeing a vast culinary empire at The Palace, Wesli infuses the menus with local flavors, incorporating African spinach and mielies, as well as showcasing South Africa’s game meats. He aims to create unique dining experiences described as ‘Contemporary Afro-Asian Grill’ by introducing innovative dishes like Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas and luxurious combinations such as caviar, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and pickled cucumber.


Alongside his culinary endeavors, Wesli emphasizes staff training and development, ensuring impeccable service through daily meetings and master classes. His ultimate goal is to contribute to The Palace’s re-establishment as a six-star luxury property, inspired by the legacy of Sol Kerzner and his commitment to innovation.


With a focus on excellence in food and service, Wesli is poised to elevate The Palace to new heights of culinary excellence and hospitality distinction.


Visit the Sun International website for more information.


CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW WINNER With Owner of CND Nursery Andy de Wet

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With its captivating beauty, extended blooming season, and impressive floral abundance, this RHS Plant of the Year 2023 winner is set to steal the hearts of gardeners worldwide. Image: Royal Horticultural Society

In the world of horticulture, there’s a new champion on the scene. Introducing the winner of the RHS Plant of the Year 2023: Agapanthus BLACK JACK (‘Dwaghyb02’). This stunning agapanthus variety, bred by De Wet Breeders, is set to take the gardening world by storm.


With its mesmerizing deep purple-black striped blooms, BLACK JACK is a true showstopper. Whether planted in borders or containers, this vigorous agapanthus demands attention. BLACK JACK sets a new standard for dark-flowered agapanthus, boasting huge, rounded umbels densely packed with up to 100 florets. And here’s the cherry on top—this beauty has an extended blooming season, ensuring a delightful display for longer.


Ideal for terraces, balconies, and small gardens, BLACK JACK is the perfect choice for those with limited space. It’s a low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plant that brings beauty and elegance to any setting. While it does require some frost protection, its versatility and striking appearance make it well worth the effort.


What truly sets BLACK JACK apart from its counterparts is the sheer abundance of its flowers. With up to 10 times more florets per flowerhead than other varieties, this agapanthus takes floral extravagance to a whole new level.


The recognition of a herbaceous plant winning the prestigious Plant of the Year award is a testament to BLACK JACK’s exceptional qualities. Tim Upson, the RHS Director of Horticulture, Education & Communities, expressed his enthusiasm for this remarkable agapanthus. He highlights its suitability for small spaces and containers, emphasizing its versatility and ability to bring joy to even the most compact of gardens.


So, gardeners and plant enthusiasts, get ready to make space in your borders and containers for the extraordinary Agapanthus BLACK JACK.


Visit the CND Nursery website for more information.



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With an impressive resume that includes appearances on The Royal Variety Performance 2020, Britain’s Got Talent 2017, and QI, Daliso is no stranger to the spotlight. Image: Daliso Chaponda

Prepare to be entertained by one of the most talented comedians of our time! Daliso Chaponda, a household name in the world of comedy, has graced the stages of numerous renowned shows and events.


His wit and humor have captivated audiences across the globe, amassing over 300 million views of his stand-up performances online. But Daliso’s talent doesn’t stop there. He is also a talented writer, creator, and host of the BBC Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere, which garnered a Rose d’Or nomination and has aired for two successful series.


Daliso’s comedic prowess has taken him to some of the world’s most prestigious comedy festivals, including Edinburgh, Melbourne, Singapore, and Cape Town. His hilarious performances have left audiences in stitches, earning him rave reviews and sold-out shows during his UK tours.


It was Britain’s Got Talent that truly catapulted Daliso into the limelight. As a finalist in the 2017 series, he won the hearts of the judges and the British public with his sharp wit and infectious humor. Since then, his career has soared to new heights, with appearances on The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Good Evening Britain, The News Quiz, and The Now Show on BBC Radio 4.


Now, it’s your chance to witness Daliso Chaponda’s comedic brilliance live! Join him at the BlackBrick Sandton 2 venue, located on Fredman Drive in Sandown. Prepare for an evening of laughter and entertainment as Daliso takes the stage and delivers his unique brand of comedy that is guaranteed to leave you in stitches.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience the comedic genius of Daliso Chaponda. Secure your tickets now and get ready for an unforgettable night of laughter.


Tickets are R200 per person. Visit the WebTickets website to book.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Jain – Makeba (Mark Storm RMX)
  • deadmau5 – The Veldt Cinema (BYNX Edit)
  • Mr. Belt & Wezol, Plastik Funk feat. Tim Morrisson – Groove Tonight (Extended Mix)


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