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Sandton Times Hour Edition 130 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.


  • Former Springbok rugby player Bob Skinstad provides some predictions and analysis ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
  • Kirby Gordon, CMO of FlySafair, shares some insights into ticket prices for domestic flights ahead of the holiday season.
  • Devina Haripersad, business and data journalist with The Citizen chats about the latest luxury travel company to leave clients out of pocket.
  • 16-year-old pop star Emma Temlett shares the details about her first single, ‘Claustrophobic’.
  • South African singing sensation Belinda Davids returns to the Joburg Theatre with ‘The Greatest Love of All’, bringing Whitney Houston’s musical legacy to life.
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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 130 | Week 36] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


2023 Rugby World Cup With Former Springbok Rugby Player Bob Skinstad

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The timing of the Rugby World Cup 2023 holds a special significance, resonating with the celebration of two centuries since the game of rugby football took its fledgling steps into existence. Image: The Sandton Times

France’s role as the host of the 10th Men’s Rugby World Cup is no mere coincidence. A testament to its rich rugby heritage, this marks the second time the nation has embraced this prestigious responsibility since its unforgettable stint in 2007. The echoes of the past will undoubtedly add a layer of nostalgia and inspiration as teams from across the globe battle it out on the hallowed grounds of French rugby.


It was in 1823 that a spirited pupil at Rugby School, William Webb Ellis, exhibited an audacious disregard for conventional rules. His decision to catch the ball and embark on a daring run laid the groundwork for a sport that would capture hearts and minds worldwide. As the rugby community gathers to commemorate this landmark moment, the tournament becomes not just a sporting spectacle, but a tribute to the innovation and indomitable spirit that birthed the game.


Get the full schedule for the 2023 Rugby World Cup: Rugby World Cup 2023: Fixtures, Schedules And Kick-Off Times For South Africa In France


Ticket Prices For Domestic Flights With FlySafair CMO Kirby Gordon

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Airlines are now reassessing their market positions, with a focus on operational costs per seat. Image: FlySafair

The South African domestic passenger aviation market is on the path to recovery and stabilization, with available seats nearing 80% of pre-pandemic 2019 levels. While reaching the full 100% benchmark would be ideal, these figures indicate a renewed equilibrium in the market.


Several factors have played a role in this stabilization. South Africa’s national economic performance has weakened, coupled with high unemployment rates and an increasing cost of living for consumers due to rising interest rates. For airlines, operational costs have surged, primarily driven by higher fuel prices and the volatile rand-dollar exchange rate.


Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer at FlySafair, shared insights into the current aviation landscape. He emphasized that despite occasional turbulence, the market supply has been adequately addressed by current players. This ensures that there isn’t an upward trajectory in prices due to seat shortages.


The industry’s present status quo is apparent, especially during the low season, such as May and August, when airlines offered attractive deals, signaling a return to normalcy. This translates to reasonably priced and sustainable domestic flight options for consumers. While price levels may never return to their 2019 standards due to dynamic factors like fuel prices and exchange rates, the current pricing structure is deemed both fair and sustainable.


Full-service carriers, known for their additional amenities, such as complimentary luggage, seat selections, loyalty programs, and meals, must offer genuine value to justify their pricing. As South Africa transitions from winter to spring, consumers are gearing up for the eagerly awaited summer holiday season. With the market returning to equilibrium, the timeless advice for booking flights holds true: book early to secure the best fares.


For more information or to book, visit the FlySafair website.


Luxury Travel Company Gone Bad With The Citizen Business And Data Journalist Devina Haripersad

“In a disconcerting echo of the Hello Darlings incident from 2022, another unsettling episode has emerged within the travel industry, whereby a Johannesburg-based travel agency stands accused of swindling thousands of rands from unsuspecting victims.”


Read the full story: Clients Furious After Priority Escapes Travel Agency Echoes Hello Darlings Scam


‘Claustrophobic’ With 16-Year-Old Pop Star Emma Temlett

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Emma Temlett, a 10th-grade student at Redhill School in Sandton, has always had a passion for singing, and she’s recently discovered her love for song writing. Image: Emma Temlett

At just 16 years old, pop sensation Emma Temlett is taking the music world by storm with her powerful debut single, ‘Claustrophobic’. This talented young artist has been on a remarkable journey to discover her unique sound, and with this release, she’s ready to introduce herself to the world.


It’s not every day that we come across a young artist who can craft such a profound and emotionally charged song for their debut. Emma’s ‘Claustrophobic’ is an anthemic and upbeat pop track that strikes a chord with listeners. It’s a song that manages to convey deep emotions while also making you want to dance along to its infectious melodies.


The production of the song, handled by the acclaimed producer Daniel Baron, enhances the emotional depth of ‘Claustrophobic’ while giving it a fresh and contemporary sound that perfectly complements Emma’s artistry. Her goal is to create music that allows people to connect with their emotions in a world where feelings are often suppressed. Emma aspires to touch hearts and heal souls through her music, much like the songs that have touched her own heart.


With the release of ‘Claustrophobic’, Emma Temlett has taken her first steps into the music industry, and she’s not stopping there. She’s already working on her debut EP, set to drop in 2024. For now, you can find ‘Claustrophobic’ on all major digital music platforms, and it’s a must-listen for anyone looking to be moved by the talent and emotion of this young artist. Emma Temlett is a rising star, and her journey in the music world has only just begun.


‘The Greatest Love Of All’, Bringing Whitney Houston’s Musical Legacy To Life With Belinda Davids

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Get ready for a musical spectacle as South African singing sensation Belinda Davids returns to the iconic Mandela Theatre at the Joburg Theatre with ‘The Greatest Love of All’. Image: Belinda Davids

Following last year’s sensational sold-out run, Belinda Davids is back by popular demand from 24 August 2023 to 10 September 2023. This encore season is set to exceed all expectations, so fans are urged to secure their tickets promptly to avoid disappointment.


Belinda Davids has shared the stage with international stars like Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, and Monica. Her remarkable talent has graced television shows like Fox TV’s ‘Showtime at the Apollo,’ ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ and BBC1 TV’s ‘Even Better Than the Real Thing.’ For this special return season, she will be treating the audience to additional songs from Whitney Houston’s iconic repertoire.


‘The Greatest Love of All’ is an acclaimed tribute show, described as ‘mind-blowingly spot on’ by critics and fans worldwide. Broadway World hails Belinda Davids as a star in her own right, commanding the stage with her extraordinary presence. Belinda Davids’ vocal prowess has wowed audiences across the globe, from the USA and UK to Europe, the Middle East, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and her homeland, South Africa.


The two-hour production promises to fill you with joy, nostalgia, and wonder as it takes you on a heartfelt journey through Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, including classics like ‘I Will Always Love You,’ ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody,’ ‘How Will I Know,’ and many more.


Belinda Davids was invited to audition at the Got Talent All-Stars competition held in Spain earlier this year, where her ‘Golden Buzzer’ moment left audiences in awe.


Show Information:

Venue: Joburg Theatre
Dates: 24 August 2023 to 10 September 2023
Weekdays: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm
Weekends: Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm
Ticket Prices: From R180 to R390


Tickets are available for purchase at WebTickets.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • SOL3 MIO – World In Union
  • Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • Emma Temlett – Claustrophobic


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