Now on Mix 93.8 FM, the weekly Sandton Times Hour brings the pages of The Sandton Times to life with an array of entertaining and informative interviews.
- Troy Sheperd shares the details of his TikTok success in South Africa.
- Cindy Sheedy Walker of Extraordinary provides some good news for African Wild Dogs at Mabula.
- Graham Eagle shares all the details on the 2022 South African Car of the Year award.
- Ronald Abvajee looks at managing mental health in the workplace in a post-COVID world.
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The Sandton Times Hour returns with a podcast and weekly radio show! In this week’s episode [Edition 68 | Week 21] The Sandton Times looks at some stories making headlines in Sandton as well as these interviews:
South African TikTok with Troy Sheperd
Troy Shepherd is no stranger to TikTok – in fact, his 1.8-million followers know and love his work. This is what has seen his account grow significantly and turn into one of South Africa’s best-loved TikTokers, garnering over 70- million likes.
Born in Vanderbijlpark, Troy celebrates South Africa’s unique funny bone and cultural differences…or is it similarities? His skits of everyday situations faced by all South Africans has many smashing the like button and sharing his unique content.
TikTok Handle: @troysheperds
New Wild Dog Pack For Mabula with Cindy Sheedy Walker
A newly formed pack of 4 African Wild Dogs was released from their temporary holding boma onto the Mabula Private Game Reserve in the southern part of the Waterberg, Limpopo this May. The two males and two females will form the second-known breeding pack of African Wild Dogs in the Waterberg.
The males naturally dispersed from their resident pack in northern Limpopo in early 2021 in search of females. They traveled 330km before arriving on Mabula in July 2021. With no suitable adult females available in South Africa’s wild dog metapopulation, two females in the free-roaming Waterberg Wild Dog population were identified for translocation. The two females were translocated just prior to their dispersal from their natal pack in the northern part of the Waterberg in March 2022 to Mabula to be bonded with the males.
The four dogs spent several weeks in adjacent holding bomas to facilitate social bonding and allow time for the new pack to acclimate to the area before their release onto the reserve. The bonding was extremely successful, and the dogs are now roaming the reserve as a cohesive pack.
With fewer than 650 African Wild Dogs remaining in South Africa, this translocation and formation of a new breeding pack contribute toward the long-term conservation of African Wild Dogs in South Africa. It also boosts the Mabula Private Game Reserve’s eco-tourism potential, as Mabula will become the closest reserve to Gauteng with free-ranging African wild dogs!
2022 South African Car of the Year with Graham Eagle
This prestigious competition, staged by the South Africa Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ), has run continuously since 1986. The Guild announced the 25 finalists for this year’s competition at the end of January.
Besides the overall winner’s crown, finalists can also win one of ten categories. The ten categories include Budget, Compact, Compact Family, Midsize, Premium, Luxury, Performance, New Energy, Adventure SUV, and 4X4 Double Cab. The Budget and Premium categories have no contenders this year.
There are also category winners for the Motor Enthusiasts Choice, which is selected by the public via social media, and the Juror’s Excellence Award, which awards the vehicle with the highest scores based only on juror scores without the automated sales scoring.
The Guild is busy finalising the plans for this year’s reveal.
Mental Health with Ronald Abvajee
Ronald Abvajee is the founder and owner of Healthy Living Consulting (HLC) – an established business driving engagement in the workplace through wellbeing, team alignment, technology, and media.
Despite his qualification as an exercise physiologist with a degree in Physical Education and Human Movement Sciences and achieving a 5th-degree black belt in karate, Ronald reveals it’s the remarkable Japanese art of Kintsugi which has most inspired him. His office décor is a testament to this, with a few pieces holding pride of place in his workspace.
The practice of Kintsugi – repairing broken vessels by sealing the cracks with lacquer and carefully dusting them with gold powder is a remarkable art. The Japanese believe the golden cracks make the pieces even more precious and valuable.
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