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Sandton Times Hour Edition 140 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. 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.


  • Mathew Tait, Festival Director for Emirate’s Dubai 7’s shares the details about this year’s tournament which gets underway on 2 – 3 December 2023.
  • George Mladenov, Australian Survivor’s ‘King’ George chats about his new book ‘How To Win Friends And Manipulate People – A Guidebook for Getting Your Way’.
  • Justin Blume, Candidate Attorney of APA Africa provides insight into a recent landmark decision by the South African High Court on the fairness of parental leave policies.
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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 140 | Week 48] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


Emirate’s Dubai 7’s With Festival Director Mathew Tait

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This prestigious tournament features the top 12 men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams from around the world, promising an action-packed weekend at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai. Image: Emirates

After the exhilarating conclusion of Rugby World Cup 2023, the global rugby spotlight now turns to the eagerly awaited first event of the revamped and rebranded HSBC SVNS 2024. The stage is set for the highly anticipated return of Emirates Dubai 7s, serving as the opening round on 2 – 3 December 2023.


Defending Champions and Aspirations: New Zealand steps onto the field to defend their men’s and women’s titles from the 2023 season, bringing a formidable team that clinched victories in Sydney, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Toulouse last year. Meanwhile, South Africa’s men and Australia’s women aim to replicate their victories at The Sevens Stadium in December 2022.


New Look HSBC SVNS 2024: The revamped HSBC SVNS 2024 introduces a fresh format, comprising seven regular season events and a Grand Final. The stakes are higher with promotion and relegation in play, adding an extra layer of excitement to the season. The top eight teams based on cumulative series points at the conclusion of the seventh round in Singapore secure their spot in the ‘winner takes all’ Grand Final in Madrid.


Pools and Schedule Unveiled: The announcement of pools and schedule adds to the anticipation of the opening round. Emirates Dubai 7s, a mainstay since its inception in 1999, promises an unforgettable experience with the best 12 men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams competing on two fields over two days, featuring a total of 64 matches.


Men’s Competition Highlights: In the men’s competition, Pool A headlines the clash between 2023 champions New Zealand, Canada, Samoa, and defending Emirates Dubai 7s champions South Africa. Pool B features last season’s winners Argentina, along with Spain, Australia, and Ireland. Meanwhile, Pool C sees double Olympic gold medal winners Fiji facing off against France, USA, and Great Britain.


Women’s Competition Showdown: The women’s competition is equally fierce, with Pool A showcasing the New Zealand Black Ferns Sevens, Fiji, Great Britain, and the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2023 champions South Africa. Pool B sees defending champions Australia competing against Brazil, Ireland, and Japan. In Pool C, last season’s bronze medal winners, USA, take on France, Spain, and their North American rivals Canada.


Road to Paris 2024 Olympics: With the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 on the horizon, the HSBC SVNS action promises intensity and excitement from start to finish. The revamped competition formula ensures a thrilling journey for rugby sevens fans, offering more entertainment than ever before.


Madrid Grand Final and Relegation Play-Off: The season’s culmination in Madrid brings forth the Grand Final, where the women’s and men’s HSBC SVNS 2024 champions will be crowned. Additionally, a high-stakes relegation play-off will determine the teams securing their place in HSBC SVNS 2025.


Words from World Rugby Chief Competitions and Performance Officer: Nigel Cass, World Rugby Chief Competitions and Performance Officer, expressed excitement about kicking off a thrilling year for rugby sevens at the Emirates Dubai 7s. The new and exciting format, featuring promotion and relegation, as well as the ‘winner takes all’ Grand Final in Madrid, is expected to captivate rugby fans from the opening match on Saturday morning to the final whistle on Sunday evening.


International Celebration at Emirates Dubai 7s: The 2023 edition of Emirates Dubai 7s promises an international celebration of sport, music, and entertainment. The event will boast its biggest lineup to date, featuring world-class international athletes, global artists, and award-winning hospitality experiences. The premier weekend festival is set to captivate audiences in Dubai this December.


Get Ready for an Unforgettable Season Opener: As the rugby world eagerly awaits the Emirates Dubai 7s, fans and enthusiasts can secure their seats by visiting the Emirates Dubai 7s website.


The tournament guarantees a thrilling start to the HSBC SVNS 2024 season, where each match is a step closer to the glory of the Grand Final in Madrid. Witness the athleticism, camaraderie, and excitement unfold at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, marking the beginning of a remarkable rugby sevens season.


‘How To Win Friends And Manipulate People – A Guidebook For Getting Your Way’ With George Mladenov Of Australian Survivor

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Best known for his role as Survivor Australia’s most cunning mastermind, George Mladenov has now shared his secrets in a humorous handbook that promises to teach readers how to seize power and, more importantly, how to keep it. Image: HarperCollins

In the vast landscape of motivational guidebooks, few can boast the unique blend of humour, cunning strategy, and undeniable charisma that ‘King George of Bankstown’ brings to the table.


Witty Wisdom from the King: This motivational guidebook is not your typical self-help manual. Instead, it dives into the cunning, dastardly qualities that have made George a household name in Australia. Renowned for his silver tongue, strategic genius, and unforgettable one-liners, George imparts valuable lessons on how to control any room with confidence and flair.


Anecdotes that Hit the Mark: Each chapter of the guidebook is enriched with insightful anecdotes from George’s life. These stories, delivered with the wit and humour that Survivor fans have come to love, provide a backdrop for the lessons on power and influence. From his upbringing in a tight-knit Macedonian-Greek household in Bankstown to his adventures in politics, poker, and television, George draws on key moments that have shaped his mindset.


Lessons from the Survivor Arena: Survivor Australia fans will revel in the behind-the-scenes insights and strategic gems that George shares from his time on the show. Masterminding entire tribes, navigating the cutthroat dynamics of the game, and sprinting around the world in The Amazing Race—all contribute to the wealth of knowledge that George imparts in this handbook.


Proclaiming Glory or Death: After absorbing the wisdom within these pages, readers will find themselves armed with the tools to proclaim “GLORY OR DEATH” to anyone within earshot. George’s guide goes beyond conventional self-help advice, offering a unique perspective on leadership, influence, and mastering the art of power. Prepare to double over with laughter while simultaneously feeling ready to reign over your own kingdom.


From the Macedonian-Greek Household to the World Stage: George’s journey, from his roots in a culturally rich household to becoming a strategic force on national television, provides a rich tapestry of experiences that enrich the lessons within the guidebook. Readers can expect a rollercoaster of emotions—from laughter to contemplation—as they traverse the life of this Survivor legend.


A Guide Like No Other: In a world saturated with self-help guides, George’s handbook stands out as a beacon of humour, strategy, and unapologetic charm. Whether you aspire to lead a tribe, conquer a boardroom, or simply navigate the complexities of daily life, George’s teachings offer a fresh and entertaining perspective on mastering the art of power. Get ready to laugh, learn, and seize your own kingdom with the guidance of Survivor Australia’s cunning mastermind.


Get a copy of ‘How To Win Friends And Manipulate People – A Guidebook For Getting Your Way’ on Amazon.


Redefining Parental Leave With Candidate Attorney of APA Africa Justin Blume

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In a recent landmark decision, the South African High Court has ignited a crucial debate on the fairness of parental leave policies that differentiate between mothers and fathers. Image: Caleb Oquendo on Pexels

According to Justin Blume, Candidate Attorney of APA Africa, the ruling in the case of Van Wyk and others v Minister of Employment and Labour questions the underlying assumptions and societal norms that have shaped parental leave laws, potentially paving the way for a more equitable approach to parenting rights.


Read the full article: Redefining Parental Leave: A Call for Gender Equality


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