Sandton Times Hour

Sandton Times Hour Edition 132 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.


  • Amelia Beattie, Chief Executive of Liberty Two Degrees, marks Sandton City’s 50th Anniversary.
  • Catherine Constantinides, activist and director of Miss Earth South Africa, celebrates 20-years of the environmental leadership initiative.
  • Stephen Watson, Co-Founder of the Elite World Cup, shares all the details of this new electric-powered motorsport.
  • Former Springboks coach Nick Mallett chats about the Rugby World Cup France 2023 and his new book.
  • Simon Keys, host of ‘Snakes in the City’ on National Geographic Wild, talks about the latest season now on TV.
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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 132 | Week 38] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


Sandton City’s 50th Anniversary With Liberty Two Degrees Chief Executive Amelia Beattie

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Sandton City is renowned amongst both local and international visitors as one of Africa’s leading retail destinations. Image: Sandton City

Since its inception in 1973, Sandton City has commanded a unique position of high-end retail, drawing shoppers from across the world to experience its diverse array of over 300 premium retailers, that reflect the most beloved brands from both within South Africa and internationally.


The centre marked its 50th-Anniversary this year. Read the full story: Sandton City Celebrates 50 Years With Retail Festival


20 Years Of Miss Earth South Africa With Activist And Director Catherine Constantinides

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As Miss Earth South Africa celebrates its 20th Anniversary, it stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration for environmental advocates and young women across the country. Image: Miss Earth South Africa

Initiated by visionary activist and former Miss Earth winner Catherine Constantinides, Miss Earth South Africa had sounded the environmental alarm bell long before terms like ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ became part of daily conversations and as the event marks two decades, so much more still needs to happen in protecting the environment.


As the Executive Director of Miss Earth South Africa and a renowned international climate activist and human rights defender, Catherine highlighted the program’s enduring commitment to empowering young women as active citizens and agents of change. She stated: ‘Their time to effect change is now!’


Read the full story: 20 Years Of Green Leadership: Miss Earth South Africa 2023 Winner Revealed


The Elite World Cup With Co-Founder Stephen Watson

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Lotus Evija, the world’s inaugural all-electric British hypercar, is on display this week at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, forming part of the unveiling of the Elite World Cup alongside the 15th BRICS Summit. Image: Elite World Cup

Ahead of the BRICS Summit, held in Sandton, the founding members of the Elite World Cup consortium, namely Tokyo Sexwale, Liu Yu, and Stephen Watson, lit up the stage with their vision for the first-ever electric hyper car World Cup, slated to launch in September 2024. Positioned as a new disruptor on the motorsport scene, the Elite World Cup aims to attract top-tier drivers with impressive profiles, supported by an advisory board that boasts extensive credentials in the motorsport arena.


Spanning continents, from the captivating racetracks of Europe to the bustling streets of Asia and Africa, and across the sprawling landscapes of the Americas, the Elite World Cup looks to challenge drivers and engineers to redefine the limits of speed, performance, and sustainability. Teams from around the globe will engage in 8-10 exhilarating World Cup race weekends, pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology to new heights.


Read the full story: Elite World Cup Unveiled In Sandton Ahead Of BRICS Summit


Rugby World Cup France 2023 With Former Springboks Coach Nick Mallett

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Nick delves into ‘The Magic of the World Cup’, capturing the essence of the tournament that transcends mere sport, becoming a global spectacle. Image: Jonathan Ball Publishers

As the Rugby World Cup looms on the horizon, the anticipation among players, coaches, and fans reaches a fever pitch. With over 30 years of analyzing and debating rugby, former Springbok coach Nick Mallett emerges as a sage voice, offering insights, opinions, and anecdotes in preparation for the pinnacle tournament.


His keen observations on ‘The Springbok Machine’ and the current state of ‘The Springboks in 2023’ provide fans with a comprehensive understanding of South Africa’s rugby prowess. As the competition intensifies, Nick notes that competition is stronger than ever, emphasizing the challenges awaiting teams in France. The enigmatic ‘Rassie Factor’ and pivotal matches that will decide the Rugby World Cup add layers to the unfolding drama.


In this rugby odyssey, Nick shines a spotlight on key elements— ‘Key Players – The Referees’, ‘The Coaches and Captains’, and the paramount role of leadership underlining that ‘Leadership is Key’. He navigates the treacherous waters of ‘Handling the Pressure’ and explores the profound “Mental Challenge” faced by players on the grand stage.


Nick, backed by his wealth of experience, concludes with ‘Nick’s Predictions’, offering a glimpse into the crystal ball of one of rugby’s most insightful minds. With Lloyd Burnard, the sports editor of and author of ‘Miracle Men’, collaborating, this collection becomes an indispensable guide for enthusiasts navigating the twists and turns of the upcoming Rugby World Cup.


National Geographic Wild Snakes in the City With Simon Keys

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National Geographic Wild’s ‘Snakes in the City’ is shifting gears for its ninth season, promising viewers an adrenaline-pumping ride through the slithering landscapes of Durban. Image: National Geographic Wild

Herpetologists Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett, alongside local snake wrangler Mbali Mtshali, continue their daring escapades capturing and releasing snakes from homes and buildings in and around the coastal metropolis.


Durban, once a lush jungle, now stands as a bustling city atop a snake-infested territory. As summer’s heat lures these reptiles into human domains, the trio of experts faces the challenge of ensuring harmony between the city’s 3.5 million inhabitants and its indigenous snake population. Simon, Siouxsie, and Mbali, available 24/7, respond to every call, be it a harmless house snake or a deadly black mamba.


This season introduces a thrilling twist as the team travels to the beautiful city of Mysore in India. Collaborating with local snake enthusiast M. S. Balasubramania, aka ‘Snake Shyam’, they confront new snake species, including the common krait, saw-scaled viper, Russel’s viper, Indian cobras, reticulated pythons, and the notorious King cobra.


Back in Durban, Mbali takes on new challenges, capturing her first spitting cobra and black mamba solo—a testament to her growing expertise as a snake catcher. ‘Snakes in the City’ continues to captivate audiences, offering a thrilling blend of adventure, education, and snake-saving heroics.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Kelvin Jones – Carry You
  • The Bucketheads – The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)
  • Gaullin – Op Opa


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