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Sandton Times Hour Edition 131 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.


  • Andrew Pratley, CEO of Pratley Group, talks about the 75th Anniversary of the company and its signature product that went to space.
  • Dr. Anthony Townsend and Dr. Brad Kallenbach, co-founders and clinical psychologists chat about Equanimity Wellness, a psychedelic-assisted therapy facility based in Sandton.
  • Zikie Molusi, Head of Marketing and Strategy for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, shares all the details of this year’s event.
  • Khetha Mbata, a sign language interpreter for Newzroom Afrika, talks about South African Sign Language being adopted as the country’s 12th official language by the National Assembly.
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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 131 | Week 37] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


Pratley Group 75th Anniversary With CEO Andrew Pratley

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As Pratley celebrates its 75th anniversary, Andrew expresses gratitude for the dedicated staff who have contributed to the company’s success. Image: Pratley

In 2023, Pratley, a renowned local manufacturer specializing in adhesives, electrical products, and various other sectors, proudly marks its 75th anniversary. This remarkable milestone is especially significant for the company as it remains a privately-owned family business, now being steered by the third generation, headed by CEO Andrew Pratley.


The enduring success of Pratley can be attributed to its diverse and extensive product range, unlike anything else in the global market, coupled with a reputation for producing high-quality, reliable products. Pratley is widely recognized as an iconic South African brand, boasting the unique distinction of having its product on the Moon, a source of national pride.


Discussing the current business environment, Andrew acknowledges the challenges posed by global economic conditions. However, he remains optimistic about eventual recovery, highlighting the need for a competent, non-corrupt, and pro-business political environment in South Africa to facilitate business growth and employment opportunities.


Pratley’s commitment to innovation is evident as it plans to launch at least two new electrical products in 2023, along with exciting additions to its adhesive range, including another world-first product. Andrew emphasizes that research and development (R&D) will continue to be a cornerstone of Pratley’s growth, with substantial investments in R&D initiatives.


To commemorate this significant milestone, Pratley has planned special events for the second half of the year, promising exciting celebrations while maintaining its commitment to delivering excellence and innovation.
Pratley’s 75-year journey exemplifies its enduring commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction, making it a true South African success story.


For more information, visit the Pratley website.


Equanimity Wellness With Co-Founders & Clinical Psychologists Dr. Anthony Townsend & Dr. Brad Kallenbach

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The Equanimity Wellness Centre stands at the forefront of the mental health and wellness industry, offering CPD-accredited workshops for healthcare professionals, hosting public seminars, and providing free mental health resources on social media platforms. image: Equanimity Wellness

In the heart of Sandton Equanimity Wellness Centre has launched promising alternative options for healing. Founded by clinical psychologists Anthony Townsend and Brad Kallenbach, this facility goes beyond traditional therapy, embracing cutting-edge practices within a holistic wellness framework. Equanimity Wellness is a refuge for those seeking compassionate support, aiming to alleviate suffering, catalyse healing, and foster personal transformation through evidence-based approaches.


In a country grappling with mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, workplace stress, and chronic pain, Equanimity Wellness steps forward as a new resource. South Africans experience higher rates of depression and anxiety, leading to adverse effects on their daily lives. Workplace stress and burnout, often overlooked, are significant contributors to reduced employee performance and overall well-being. Chronic pain affects nearly one in five South African adults, resulting in physical and mental health complications.


However, Equanimity Wellness recognizes that South Africa faces a shortage of adequate mental healthcare services and trained professionals. To address these pressing issues, the center offers world-class therapeutic initiatives and continuous professional development opportunities for healthcare and wellness professionals.


A cornerstone of Equanimity’s offerings is their psychedelic-assisted therapy program. Over the past decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in psychedelic medicine, with compelling evidence suggesting their potential for profound healing in controlled therapeutic settings. The center operates in accordance with the highest ethical and international-best practice standards, using legally approved medicines and methodologies.


Key elements of the Psychedelic-assisted Therapy Program at Equanimity Wellness include thorough client screening, preparation, safe and monitored psychedelic journeys, and integration therapy. Each client undergoes comprehensive health and psychological assessments to ensure treatment suitability and safety. Qualified psychologists provide guidance and support for optimal therapeutic experiences, and psychedelic treatments are administered intravenously in a comfortable, private environment.


Clients at Equanimity Wellness not only benefit from the psychedelic-assisted therapy program but also have access to a wide range of wellness services. These services encompass traditional therapy, physiotherapy, life coaching, audiology, vitamin drips, yoga, sex and relationship coaching, breathwork workshops, and expert skin and body treatments.


Through partnerships and community education, Equanimity Wellness aims to reduce stigma and advance the practice of holistic, evidence-based healthcare in South Africa. It is a sanctuary of healing and transformation, dedicated to nurturing well-being and resilience in a rapidly changing world.


For more information, visit the Equanimity Wellness website.


Standard Bank Joy of Jazz With Head of Marketing and Strategy Zikie Molusi

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Image: Joy of Jazz

The 2023 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz promises to be a celebration of music, culture, and unity, bringing together jazz enthusiasts from near and far to experience the magic of jazz in all its diverse forms.


Read the full story: Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz Returns To Sandton In 2023


South Africa’s 12th Official Language With Sign Language Interpreter Khetha Mbata

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Off-camera, Khetha enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, exploring décor ideas, engaging in DIY projects, and listening to podcasts and audiobooks while driving. Image: Khetha Mbata

Khetha Mbata is a vibrant South African sign language interpreter who plays a crucial role in delivering IsiZulu news on Newzroom Afrika’s Izindaba Zethu. This effort recently gained significance as South African Sign Language was adopted as the country’s 12th official language, benefiting over 4-million deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals in South Africa.


Hailing from Newcastle, Khetha is not only a news interpreter but also assists deaf students at Wits University’s Disability Rights Unit. She advises aspiring journalists to explore news reporting in various languages to ensure important messages aren’t lost in translation. Mzansi Wethu’s Izindaba Zethu/Iindaba Zethu, the first IsiZulu and IsiXhosa news bulletin, launched in February 2023 and airs daily on DStv Channel 163 at 7pm.


Khetha’s passion for news stems from a desire to make information accessible to the deaf community. Her most memorable coverage was during the pandemic, where providing information in sign language helped save lives. Anchoring on Izindaba Zethu has been an incredible journey for her, where she feels valued and part of the team. Speaking IsiZulu authentically is a source of pride for her, emphasizing the importance of communicating with people in their own language.


Khetha encourages young journalists to explore news reporting in various languages, work hard, and tell credible, fact-based stories that resonate with daily life and bring hope and positivity. She hails from Newcastle, a vibrant city in KwaZulu Natal, known for its friendly people, good schools, and comprehensive hospital facilities.


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