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Sandton Times Hour Edition 158 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 both on radio and as a podcast.


  • Author and investigative journalist, Graham Coetzer, chats about his latest book ‘Hunting With The Hawks – Untold Stories From The Elite South African Crime Fighting Unit’.
  • Director Richard Finn Gregory talks about ‘School Ties’ (on M-Net, DStv Channel 101), a four-part documentary series that delves into the abuse within some of South Africa’s most esteemed boys’ schools.
  • Award-Winning Portuguese Journalist and National Geographic Channel Correspondent, Mariana van Zeller shares the details of her chilling new series ‘Trafficked: Underworlds’ – the first episode delves into South Africa’s Assassins.
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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, premiering every week on Mix 93.8, Mondays at 7pm and distributed as a podcast across most of the world’s leading digital audio channels including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Afripods and more!


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 158 | Week 21] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


‘Hunting With The Hawks’ With Author & Investigative Journalist Graham Coetzer

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Graham Coetzer is an award-winning South African investigative journalist and television producer. Image: Tafelberg Publishers

Graham Coetzer, an award-winning South African investigative journalist and television producer, is renowned for his in-depth reporting and compelling storytelling. With numerous accolades to his name, including the National Press Club Journalist of the Year Award and short-listings for the prestigious Taco Kuiper Award and the Global Shining Light Award, Graham has built a reputation for excellence in journalism. Living in Pretoria, his career has taken him on countless adventures across Africa, uncovering stories that often remain hidden from the public eye.


His latest work, ‘Hunting With The Hawks – Untold Stories From The Elite South African Crime Fighting Unit’, is a gripping collection that showcases the extraordinary efforts of South Africa’s elite crime-fighting force, the Hawks. This book delves into nine riveting cases that highlight both the cunning of the underworld and the relentless pursuit of justice by the Hawks.


From dismantling the network behind the largest cash heist in South African history to uncovering the illicit operations of illegal mining kingpins, Graham brings to life the complex and dangerous world of crime in South Africa. One of the standout stories involves the dramatic prevention of a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by a greedy wife against her unsuspecting husband, illustrating the depth of human depravity and the critical role of the Hawks in thwarting such schemes.


‘Hunting With The Hawks’ not only exposes the deviousness of South Africa’s most dangerous criminals but also serves as a tribute to the dedication and hard work of the country’s top police unit. Graham masterfully captures the tension and excitement of these high-stakes investigations, offering readers a rare and thrilling glimpse into the inner workings of one of the nation’s most formidable crime-fighting teams. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in true crime and the relentless fight for justice in South Africa.


‘School Ties’ With Director Richard Finn Gregory

In a ground-breaking four-part documentary series titled ‘School Ties’, M-Net (DStv Channel 101) delves into the harrowing world of grooming and sexual abuse within some of South Africa’s most esteemed boys’ schools.


Produced by Devilsdop, Steinheist and Convict Conman producers Idea Candy, School Ties meticulously examines individual cases of abuse, shedding light on the tragic aftermath and the collective efforts of government, schools, and society to combat this pervasive issue.


Read the full story: Unveiling The Reality: M-Net’s ‘School Ties’ Chronicles Abuse In SA Schools


‘Trafficked: Underworlds’ With Award-Winning Portuguese Journalist and National Geographic Channel Correspondent Mariana van Zeller

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‘Trafficked: Underworlds with Mariana van Zeller’ continues to push the boundaries of investigative journalism, offering viewers a gripping and eye-opening journey into the dark heart of the global shadow economy. Image: National Geographic

National Geographic is set to captivate audiences once again with the premiere of the fourth season of its Emmy-nominated docu-series, ‘Trafficked: Underworlds with Mariana van Zeller’. Airing from Thursday 23 May 2024 at 9pm on National Geographic (DStv Channel 181), this season promises to delve even deeper into some of the world’s most elusive and dangerous criminal underworlds.


Mariana van Zeller, a Peabody and DuPont Award-winning investigative journalist, is renowned for her fearless approach to uncovering the geopolitical forces that drive the multi-trillion-dollar black market economy. ‘Trafficked: Underworlds with Mariana van Zeller’ offers an immersive look into these shadowy realms, providing viewers with a comprehensive understanding of the intricate and often perilous networks that sustain global trafficking operations.


In each episode of ‘Trafficked: Underworlds with Mariana van Zeller’, Mariana penetrates a different clandestine world, seeking to understand the players, the economics, and the human impact of these illegal activities. This season, she explores a diverse array of underworlds, including those of assassins, sextortion rings, black market organ trade, illicit medical markets, wildlife trafficking, and migrant smuggling. Additionally, the series will cover the illicit networks involved in drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and even the shadowy trade of terrorist gold.


The premiere episode offers a harrowing investigation into the world of assassins in South Africa. With approximately 3’000 contract killings occurring globally each year, Mariana seeks to uncover the motivations and mechanics behind this deadly trade. The journey begins in her hometown of Los Angeles, where she tracks down an assassin, and then takes her to South Africa, a nation where contract killings have become alarmingly frequent. This episode aims to shed light on what drives individuals to adopt such lethal careers and the broader implications for societies plagued by such violence.



This season promises to be both informative and emotionally charged, providing a platform for the untold stories of the people and communities affected by these underground trades.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Meduza, OneRepublic & Leony – Fire (Official UEFA EURO 2024 Song)
  • Myles Smith – Stargazing
  • Martin Solveig feat. Ina Wroldsen – Places
  • Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise


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