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Sandton Times Hour Edition 124 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.


  • Marion Scher, Author of ‘Big Bully: An Epidemic of Unkindness’, talks about bullies in the workplace and schools, where they wreak havoc with their victims’ mental health.
  • Natalie Botha, General Manager of the Protea Hotels by Marriott Balalaika Sandton chats about the extensive R2-million renovation of Lords Bar, one of the first bars in Sandton, which opened 74 years ago.
  • Journalist with African Business Magazine, Chris Bishop, shares the success stories of two African multi-millionaires.
  • Comedian Nik Rabinowitz returns to the Theatre on the Square in Sandton with his new show ‘RAMBUNCTIOUS’.
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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 124 | Week 30] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


‘Big Bully: An Epidemic of Unkindness’ With Author Marion Scher

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‘Big Bully: An Epidemic of Unkindness’ delves into the intricate links between bullying and mental health issues, revealing the deep scars that such abuse can inflict on individuals. Image: Bookstorm

Bullying is a scourge that extends far beyond the confines of playgrounds; it infiltrates workplaces, relationships, and schools, leaving a trail of emotional devastation in its wake.


In South Africa, the rates of bullying are alarmingly high across various environments, underscoring the urgent need to address this epidemic of unkindness. In an effort to shed light on this issue and offer support to victims, veteran journalist Marion Scher, a well-known mental health advocate in South Africa, has penned a compelling book that confronts the reality of bullying – ‘Big Bully: An Epidemic of Unkindness’.


Drawing from extensive interviews conducted in schools, workplaces, and homes, Marion weaves together the gripping stories of bullies and their victims, demonstrating how pervasive this problem truly is. While bullying has always existed, the rise of the online environment has provided bullies with an even broader arsenal of tools to torment their targets, amplifying the impact of their cruelty.


Marion’s journey in writing this book was not an easy one, as she had to confront heart-wrenching and brutal accounts from those who endured torturous relationships. The question that haunted her throughout was how one could become entangled with such individuals. By exploring the nature of bullies and shedding light on their tactics, she attempts to unveil the mechanisms that make them so destructive.


To provide a comprehensive perspective, Marion enlists the insights of a range of experts who help decode the psychology of bullies and their victims. The book offers invaluable advice on how to cope with bullies in different contexts, be it dealing with a bully boss, a schoolyard tormentor, or an abusive partner. Armed with stories, statistics, and practical guidance, it equips readers with a deeper understanding of how bullies operate and how to navigate the complex emotions that arise in their presence.


However, the ultimate message of the book is a call to action. Marion urges victims to find their voice and hold bullies accountable for their actions. Furthermore, she calls on schools, workplaces, and society as a whole to unite against this epidemic and put an end to the tormentors’ reign.


‘Big Bully: An Epidemic of Unkindness’ is a powerful work that shines a much-needed spotlight on the pervasive issue of bullying. Through personal stories and expert analysis, the book serves as a lifeline for victims who often suffer in silence, letting them know that they are not alone.


By spreading awareness and fostering understanding, Marion Scher’s work seeks to create a more compassionate and empathetic society that stands united against bullying. It is a rallying cry to combat unkindness and build a future where kindness and respect prevail.


Purchase the book ‘Big Bully: An Epidemic of Unkindness’, on the Bookstorm website.


R2-Million Lords Bar Revamp With General Manager Natalie Botha

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Lords Bar, known as the heritage bar of the hotel, holds significant historical importance, being one of the first bars in Sandton. Image: The Sandton Times

Get ready to step into a realm of timeless elegance and unparalleled charm as the Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika Sandton unveiled the exquisite transformation of its iconic Lords Bar at 20 Maude Street.


Read the full story First Look: The Protea Hotel By Marriott Balalaika Sandton R2-Million Lords Bar Revamp.


AFRICA’S RICHEST With Journalist Chris Bishop

A journalist for more than four decades, Chris Bishop has spent the past 30 years reporting on the African continent. As a broadcaster, Chris has reported for the BBC’s Business Breakfast in London and across Africa for SABC. He was the founding editor of Forbes Africa and an editor for the business channel CNBC Africa.


His book AFRICA’S BILLIONAIRES, published by Penguin, is a best-seller. His new book THE BEE BILLIONAIRES, a comprehensive look at over two decades of South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policy – what has worked, what hasn’t worked and should it continue to be a policy, released in 2023.


Chris has moderated sessions on investment in Africa at both the IMF in Washington and the World Economic Forum in Davos.


RAMBUNCTIOUS! With Comedian Nik Rabinowitz

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Nik Rabinowitz, a renowned South African comedian, has captivated audiences with his distinct brand of comedy for over a decade. Image: Nik Rabinowitz

Get ready for an uproarious night of laughter and wit as acclaimed comedian Nik Rabinowitz makes his highly-anticipated return to Theatre on the Square with his brand-new show, RAMBUNCTIOUS! From the 25 July to 5 August 2023, audiences in Sandton will have the chance to experience Nik’s unique comedic style and unfiltered perspective on life in South Africa.


Known for his quick wit, intelligent humor, and charismatic stage presence, Nik has become one of the country’s most beloved comedians. With numerous sold-out shows and appearances on international stages, Nik continues to entertain and delight audiences with his hilarious performances.


After weathering a global pandemic, navigating an ISIS terror threat, and surviving the chaos surrounding his son’s Barmitzvah, Nik Rabinowitz is all set to share his uproarious thoughts and feelings on these incredible experiences—well, maybe not the Barmitzvah. With his signature wit and observational humor, Rabinowitz promises an unforgettable night filled with laughter and unexpected surprises.


RAMBUNCTIOUS! is a must-see comedy show that offers a refreshing and hilarious take on life’s absurdities. Fearlessly diving into topics that resonate with audiences, Nik presents them in a way that is not only relatable but also side-splittingly funny. Expect an evening of uproarious anecdotes and sharp comedic insights from one of South Africa’s most beloved comedians.


For more information and to purchase tickets to RAMBUNCTIOUS!, visit the Computicket website.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Laurent Simeca – All Night to the Sun (Radio Edit)
  • Milk & Sugar vs. John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air (Radio Edit)
  • Phats & Small – Turn Around (Radio Edit)


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