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Sandton Times Hour Edition 150 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.


  • Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer of FlySafair discusses a number of key travel developments and trends for 2024.
  • U.S. Correspondent Natascha Wittmann provides a behind the scenes look at the 2024 Oscars.
  • Richard Meyer, General Manager of Curaprox chats about World Oral Health Day on the 20 March 2024 and the importance of good oral health care.
  • Andrea Badiola Mateos, Chief Commercial Officer of Finance Magnates shares some details ahead of the 2024 Finance Magnates Africa Summit (FMAS:24) coming to Sandton.
  • Melissa Williams-Platt, Co-Founder & Trustee of Footprints 4 Sam shares her ambition to raise R80-million to renovate the neonatal ICU at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.
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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 150 | Week 12] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


Key Travel Developments And Trends For 2024 With Chief Marketing Officer Of Flysafair Kirby Gordon

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Aviation in Africa is tracking global trends closely, reaching 93% recovery by the end of 2023. Although these figures speak to an increasingly robust industry and an end to the volatility of the past few years, there are still a number of key developments and trends which need to be considered going forward. Image: FlySafair

Low-cost airline FlySafair held a media round table this past week hosted by Chief Marketing Officer, Kirby Gordon, to unpack a number of key developments and trends for 2024.


Read the full story: FlySafair Unveils 6 Aviation & Travel Trends For 2024


2024 Oscars With U.S. Correspondent Natascha Wittmann

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As an entertainment correspondent, Natascha’s coverage extends beyond the Oscars to include prestigious events like the Golden Globes and Cannes Film Festival. Image: Natascha Wittmann

The 96th Oscars, a spectacle celebrating the finest achievements in cinema, took center stage on 20 March 2024, at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Ovation Hollywood. Broadcast live in over 200 territories worldwide, the event showcased the brilliance and diversity of the film industry, with awards bestowed by the esteemed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Among the correspondents covering the glitz and glamour of the Oscars was Natascha Wittmann, a seasoned entertainment journalist hailing from Göppingen, Germany. Natascha’s journey into the world of Hollywood began in 2013 when she relocated to Berlin to work for maz&movie, a prominent movie production company. Her role immersed her in the whirlwind of international press junkets, movie premieres, and red carpet events, sparking a deep passion for storytelling through interviews and captivating narratives.


Driven by her aspiration to craft compelling stories, Natascha transitioned to become a freelance journalist, delving into the vibrant entertainment scene of Los Angeles. Her portfolio boasts interviews with A-list celebrities such as Keanu Reeves, Bradley Cooper, and Patricia Arquette, among others, showcasing her adeptness in capturing the essence of Hollywood’s elite. Her work, spanning various media outlets including BILD and Refinery29 Germany, reflects her dedication to delivering engaging content that resonates with audiences worldwide.


With her unwavering passion and expertise, Natascha Wittmann continues to make waves in the realm of entertainment journalism, captivating audiences with her insightful storytelling and keen insights into the world of Hollywood.


World Oral Health Day With General Manager Of Curaprox Richard Meyer

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In celebration of World Oral Health Day, Curaprox is extending an invitation to families for four days of oral health education. From 20 – 23 March 2024, join Curaprox at Sandton City, located outside Woolworths and Clicks on level 4 parking, from 10am to 6pm. Image: Curaprox

Global cases of oral disease have soared by a staggering 1-billion over the last three decades, underscoring the critical importance of maintaining good oral health practices. As World Oral Health Day approaches on 20 March, the spotlight turns towards the vital role oral hygiene plays in overall well-being. With nearly 3.5-billion people affected by oral diseases worldwide, the need for awareness, education, and effective products is more pressing than ever.


In a discussion with Richard Meyer, General Manager of Curaprox, the emphasis is placed on the significance of regular oral care routines. Richard shares invaluable tips and tricks suitable for the entire family, highlighting the mantra that a healthy mouth equals a healthy body. However, instilling these practices, particularly in children, can often pose challenges.


As children navigate various milestones in their growth and development, establishing a winning oral health routine can prove to be one of the more arduous tasks for parents. From bedtime battles over brushing teeth to morning bathroom power struggles, the journey towards oral health can feel like an uphill battle.


In celebration of World Oral Health Day, Curaprox is extending an invitation to families for four days of oral health education. From 20 – 23 March 2024, join Curaprox at Sandton City, located outside Woolworths and Clicks on level 4 parking, from 10am to 6pm. Dedicated oral hygienists will lead interactive sessions and games, transforming the notion of brushing into an engaging and enjoyable experience for children and parents alike. With an innovative approach, Curaprox aims to debunk the myth that oral care has to be dull, proving that with the right knowledge and techniques, maintaining a healthy smile can be both fun and rewarding.


2024 Finance Magnates Africa Summit (FMAS:24) In Sandton With Chief Commercial Officer Andrea Badiola Mateos

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Chief Commercial Officer Andrea Badiola Mateos expresses excitement about the upcoming summit, highlighting the invaluable opportunities it presents for professionals to connect, learn, and thrive. Image: 2024 Finance Magnates Africa Summit (FMAS:24)

The financial world is abuzz with anticipation as the 2024 Finance Magnates Africa Summit (FMAS:24) gears up to take center stage in Sandton. Following the resounding success of its predecessor, FMAS:23, Finance Magnates is poised to deliver yet another unmatched networking opportunity.


Set against the backdrop of the vibrant Sandton Convention Centre, FMAS:24 promises to be a melting pot of industry titans, thought leaders, and innovators. With a decade-long legacy of hosting prestigious events, Finance Magnates brings together the brightest minds in online trading, fintech, payments, and crypto sectors.


Attendees can expect a myriad of enriching experiences, including interactive sessions, educational resources, and engaging discussions. Whether you’re a seasoned industry veteran or a budding entrepreneur, FMAS:24 offers something for everyone, providing a conducive environment to expand horizons and drive professional growth.


Mark your calendars for 20 – 22 May 2024, and seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in this prestigious event. Join Finance Magnates in shaping the future of finance, as FMAS:24 unfolds in the heart of South Africa’s economic hub, Sandton.


For more information on how to register for FMAS:24, visit the event website.


R80-Million To Renovate The Neonatal ICU At The Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital With Co-Founder & Trustee Of Footprints 4 Sam Melissa Williams-Platt

In a heartwarming turn of events spurred by personal tragedy, Melissa and Fred Platt have dedicated themselves to transforming the landscape of paediatric healthcare in South Africa. Their journey began with the loss of their son, Sam, who spent his brief life battling illness in hospital. Out of this sorrow, Footprints 4 Sam emerged – a beacon of hope committed to bringing dignity and support to children and families facing similar challenges.


Footprints 4 Sam operates with a mission to redefine paediatric healthcare, focusing not only on medical treatment but also on fostering connections and dignity for patients and their families. Their efforts extend beyond individual care to encompass systemic change within government hospitals, emphasizing a more humane and inclusive approach to healthcare.


Now, with their ‘Dare to Dream’ campaign, Footprints 4 Sam is embarking on its most ambitious project yet: the renovation of the neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital. This initiative, aimed at commemorating the hospital’s 80 years of service, seeks to raise an impressive R80-million. The refurbished ICU will not only enhance medical facilities but also symbolize a community’s commitment to caring for its most vulnerable members.


The success of this endeavour hinges on widespread support and awareness. Melissa Williams-Platt, co-founder and trustee of Footprints 4 Sam, invite the community to join hands in making this dream a reality.


For more information, visit the Footprints 4 Sam website.


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