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Sandton Times Hour Edition 146 Radio & 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.


  • Professor Keith Engel, CEO of the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT) takes a look at Budget Day 2024, what we can expect and how it might or might not affect our pockets.
  • Hamza Farooqui, CEO of the Millat Group shares all the details of bringing British sandwich brand Pret A Manger to South Africa.
  • Alan Rosenmeyer, Publisher of MottorMatters chats about the Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car of The Year finalists.
  • Stuart Taylor, Creative Director of Laugh Africa Comedy Festival gives us a sneak preview of the upcoming comedy extravaganza coming to Sandton.
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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 146 | Week 08] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


Budget Day 2024 With CEO of the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT) Professor Keith Engel

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With a career spanning both the public and private sectors, Professor Keith brings a wealth of experience to the table. Image: South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT)

As the anticipation mounts for the February Ministerial Budget Speech, South Africa braces itself for a whirlwind of fiscal revelations and economic strategies. Among the myriad of issues to be addressed, tax matters often find themselves relegated to the back burner, with scant details provided on how new proposals will affect taxpayers. However, with the 2024 Budget Speech looming, all eyes turn to Professor Keith Engel, CEO of the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT), for insights into potential tax increases and economic stimuli.


His tenure as the former National Treasury Chief Director for Legal Tax Policy design, coupled with his role as a partner in the Africa tax practice of EY, affords him a unique perspective on the intricate interplay between policy formulation and economic growth. Notably, Professor Keith played a pivotal role in shaping tax policy following the Katz Commission of Inquiry, demonstrating his keen understanding of the nuances inherent in fiscal governance.


As SAIT’s CEO, Professor Keith occupies a central position in advising the government on tax technicalities and policy matters. Established in 2007, SAIT has emerged as the preeminent authority on taxation in South Africa, wielding considerable influence through its network of specialist committees and research associates. Thus, Professor Keith’s prognostications on the forthcoming Budget Speech carry significant weight, serving as a barometer for the nation’s economic trajectory.


With Minister Enoch Godongwana tasked with navigating the country through uncertain economic terrain, the question on everyone’s mind is whether he will deliver the much-needed salvation. As Professor Keith contemplates the Minister’s potential strategies, South Africa eagerly awaits the unveiling of policies aimed at reigniting economic growth and ensuring fiscal sustainability. In this high-stakes game of fiscal roulette, all eyes remain fixed on the Ministerial podium, where the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.


Pret A Manger Comes To South Africa With CEO Of The Millat Group Hamza Farooqui

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Pret A Manger or ‘prêt à manger’ translates from French to ‘ready to eat’. Pret’s decision to venture into South Africa reflects the country’s vibrant economic potential, according to Hamza Farooqui, CEO of The Millat Group. Image: Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger, the well-known fresh food and coffee chain, prepares to make its debut on the African continent, starting with its entry into South Africa.


Now, a landmark development agreement has been inked between Pret A Manger (popularly referred to as Pret) and the Millat Group, granting Millat the exclusive license to operate ‘Pret’ shops in Southern Africa. This strategic partnership underscores Millat’s dedication to expanding its presence in the food and beverage sector, offering customers access to fresh, organic, and sustainable culinary delights.


Read full story: Pret A Manger Set To Open In South Africa In 2024


Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car Of The Year Finalists With Publisher Of MottorMatters Alan Rosenmeyer

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Nominated in this year’s award, the new BMW 7 Series commands attention even before you set foot inside…and did this vehicle get attention wherever we went with it. Image: BMW

The anticipation builds as the prestigious Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car of The Year (COTY) competition has revealed its top 18 finalists.


Spanning eight categories, from budget-friendly vehicles to luxurious limousines, the competition showcases an array of automotive brilliance. In the Performance category, four formidable rivals, including the Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota Corolla GR, BMW M2, and Honda Civic Type R, promise an exhilarating showdown. Meanwhile, the Compact Family category sees fierce competition between the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser, and newcomer Omoda C5, adding an intriguing dynamic to the mix.


Read full story: Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car of The Year Finalists


Laugh Africa Comedy Festival With Creative Director Stuart Taylor

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Minnie Dlamini, known for her charm and charisma, is no stranger to the limelight. Having entertained audiences across various platforms, she now steps into the realm of comedy roasts with eagerness and excitement. Image: Laugh Africa Comedy Festival

The Laugh Africa Comedy Festival, scheduled from 5 April 2024 to 7 April 2024 at the Sandton Convention Centre, sets the stage for Minnie Dlamini’s roast. Featuring over 50 comedians across English, Vernacular, and Afrikaans genres, the festival promises a diverse line-up of talent.


Read full story: Minnie Dlamini Set To Sizzle In Sandton Comedy Roast


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Michael Bublé – You’re the First, the Last, My Everything
  • Tiësto, Tears For Fears, NIIKO X SWAE, GUDFELLA – Rule The World (Everybody)
  • Texas – Inner Smile
  • Paul Russell – Lil Boo Thang (Luca Schreiner Remix)


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