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Sandton Times Hour Edition 151 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.


  • Clive Butkow, Managing Partner at Condusive Capital chats about investing in Africa’s emerging tech entrepreneurs.
  • Darin D’Oliveira, Developer of Avianto Estate shares some details on the latest entertainment expansion for the whole family: Syringa Park.
  • Beatrie Gouws, BDO South Africa Tax Director chats about how the non-adjustment of tax thresholds for inflation in the 2024 Budget Speech will affect everyday taxpayers.
  • There’s a new Japanese restaurant in Sandton called AKIDO, and Executive Chef Earl provides some background to this new fine dining destination.
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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 151 | Week 13] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


Investing In Africa’s Emerging Tech Entrepreneurs With Condusive Capital Managing Partner Clive Butkow

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With a planned first close of $15 million and a final target close of $50 million, Conducive Capital seeks to diversify and empower the early-stage investment sector, particularly promoting black women venture capitalists. Image: Conducive Capital

Conducive Capital, a ground-breaking venture capital fund, debuted today, aimed at propelling South African disruptive technologies to global success. Led by Clive Butkow, founder of Kalon Venture Partners, and Mitchan Adams, co-founder of Ozow, the fund prioritizes investments in post-revenue, capital-efficient start-ups with significant growth potential.


Harnessing Clive’s extensive entrepreneurial experience and Adams’ fintech expertise, Conducive Capital offers more than just financial backing; it provides strategic guidance, operational support, and mentorship to nurture start-ups into industry leaders. With a focus on innovation and transformation, the fund aims to drive impactful solutions that revolutionize industries and improve lives across Africa. As Clive emphasizes, Conducive Capital isn’t just an investment opportunity; it’s a partnership dedicated to fostering growth, innovation, and meaningful change in the South African and African tech landscape.


For more information, please visit the Conducive Capital website.


Syringa Park With Avianto Estate Developer Darin D’Oliveira

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Located at Avianto Estate, Syringa Park is easily accessible via Clinic Road or Driefontein Entrance, with e-hailing options available for added convenience. Trading hours vary, with the park open on weekends and for requested events. Image: The Sandton Times

Introducing Syringa Park at Avianto Estate, the ultimate destination for family fun and entertainment in Muldersdrift. Recently launched, Syringa Park offers a myriad of facilities designed to cater to all ages and interests.


Situated on a sprawling 10-hectare site, Syringa Park features 14 gourmet take-away restaurants, creating a culinary haven for visitors. From Texan Barbecue to Sushi & Oysters, there’s something to tantalize every palate. The park also boasts two bars, including the Corona Sunset VIP Bar and the El Jimador Wooden Decks, offering panoramic views of the venue.


For entertainment, Syringa Park offers a range of activities to suit all interests. Thrill-seekers can enjoy the outdoor go-kart track, while families can explore South Africa’s biggest kids play park, courtesy of Mi-Fitness Kids. Additionally, visitors can browse the Crafters Market – Petticoat Lane, featuring local artisans and their handcrafted goods.


Safety and convenience are paramount at Syringa Park, with measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. From ample secure parking to trained EMS personnel on-site, every aspect has been carefully considered.


As proud partners of Syringa Park, we invite you to join us for a day of fun, food, and festivities at Muldersdrift’s newest hotspot. Experience the ultimate lifestyle destination at Syringa Park – where memories are made and adventures begin.


Non-Adjustment Of Tax Thresholds For Inflation With BDO South Africa Tax Director Beatrie Gouws

The unveiling of South Africa’s 2024 budget has sparked widespread discussion about its implications for taxpayers across different income tiers. While Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s budget has been commended for its fiscal prudence, its tax provisions have raised concerns among citizens from various socioeconomic backgrounds.


Tax expert Beatrie Gouws from BDO shed light on the budget’s impact on taxpayers. Notably, the budget maintained income tax rates for the 2024/2025 fiscal year, but failed to adjust tax thresholds for inflation. This decision means that many earners may be pushed into higher tax brackets as their incomes rise, resulting in increased tax liabilities.


For top-tier taxpayers, who have historically borne the brunt of tax hikes, the budget poses additional challenges. The exodus of high-income earners, as evidenced by the decline in the number of millionaires in South Africa, raises concerns about the country’s economic health and tax revenue.


Middle-tier taxpayers face a delicate balance between growth aspirations and fiscal constraints, with the budget’s failure to provide relief from bracket creep exacerbating their tax burden. Similarly, lower-tier earners and social grant recipients are disproportionately affected by stagnant income adjustments, exacerbating poverty and socio-economic exclusion.


In light of these challenges, questions arise about the necessity of increased tax revenue and the potential economic ramifications. As households grapple with financial pressure, policymakers face the daunting task of balancing fiscal responsibility with the need for inclusive economic growth.


Japanese Fine Dining In Sandton With AKIDO Executive Chef Earl

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Whether you’re a sushi aficionado, a lover of grilled specialties, or simply seeking an unforgettable culinary adventure, Akido invites you to indulge your senses and embark on a journey of gastronomic discovery. Image: The Sandton Times

Introducing Akido, the newest addition to Sandton’s vibrant culinary scene. Situated on the street level of The Leonardo at 75 Maude Street, Sandown, Akido promises an unparalleled Japanese dining experience that combines exquisite flavours with a delightful ambiance.


Prepare to be captivated by a menu that boasts an array of tantalizing options. From traditional sashimi featuring succulent cuts of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail to signature rolls like the Salmon Roll, Tuna Tekka, and Spicy Tuna, every dish is crafted with precision and care to ensure a symphony of flavours with each bite.


To complement your meal, Akido offers an extensive selection of beverages, including a curated list of Japanese beers, fine wines, and expertly crafted cocktails. And for the perfect ending to your dining experience, indulge in a delectable dessert like the Chocolate Vanilla Crunch or the homemade Apple Tart served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a night out with friends, or simply craving authentic Japanese cuisine, Akido presents the art of Japanese dining in the heart of Sandton.


Akido is open from Monday to Saturday,12:30pm to 9:30pm.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Bon Jovi – Legendary
  • Switch Disco & Ella Henderson – REACT
  • Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
  • Mi Casa x Malik Harris – WHO CARES


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