Sandton Times Hour

Sandton Times Hour Edition 70 Show Notes

The only radio show and podcast dedicated to Africa’s richest square mile, the weekly SANDTON TIMES HOUR brings the pages of The Sandton Times to life with an array of entertaining and informative interviews, now on Mix 93.8 FM every Monday at 7pm.


  • Tamsyn Jack and Nompumelelo Mampholo provide some insights into their Miss South Africa Top 30 journey.
  • Bruce Whitfield talks about his latest book ‘Genius: How to Take Smart Ideas Global’.
  • More ‘Travel Notes’ on Newmark Hotels & Reserves Drostdy Hotel and Mount Camdeboo.
  • How Olives & Plates caters to the Standard Bank exclusive airport Library Lounge.
  • Jonathan Foster-Pedley shares some of the latest air technology at Henley Business School in Africa.
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THE SANDTON TIMES HOUR is the go-to weekly digest on greater Sandton including fabulous food spots, luxurious lifestyle bits, first-hand travel tips, motoring notes, and world-class entertainment. In this week’s episode [Edition 70 | Week 23] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


MISS SOUTH AFRICA Top 30 Finalists Tamsyn Jack and Nompumelelo Mampholo

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If she could be a superhero Nompumelelo Mampholo would be Wonder Woman because she’s a woman of super strength and power and can fly! Image: Miss South Africa

Meet the Top 30 contestants vying for the title of MISS SOUTH AFRICA 2022 and vote for your favourite to make it into the Top 10. The 30 hopefuls are an impressive and diverse group and include an estate agent, a corporate lawyer, a veterinarian, a forensic science graduate, teachers, models, entrepreneurs, and law students. They come from all over South Africa with Gauteng leading the field with 13 contestants.


Tamsyn Jack (25), from Somerset West in the Western Cape, is an entrepreneur working with some of South Africa’s leading start-ups and small businesses. She graduated with a Food Science Degree from the University of Stellenbosch. She describes herself as compassionate, brave and inquisitive. She loves listening to podcasts while getting ready for the day and it is her dream to meet women’s rights activist and actress, Emma Watson.


Nompumelelo Mampholo (26) is from Diepkloof, Zone 4 in Soweto, Gauteng, but currently resides in Sandton. She is a real estate agent and founder and CEO of Conqueres Connect, youth-owned waste management, and recycling solutions company.



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GENIUS: HOW TO TAKE SMART IDEAS GLOBAL examines what it takes to thrive in an increasingly complex, fast-paced and divisive global environment. These are lessons for anyone looking to succeed anywhere against the odds. Image: Bruce Whitfield

South Africa and its fraught political economy provide a fascinating case study into how it takes a particular brand of genius to thrive in a difficult domestic environment and to take the ideas and the businesses that deliver them from local to global. GENIUS: HOW TO TAKE SMART IDEAS GLOBAL tells the stories of some of the extraordinary individuals, companies, and industries whose ideas, products, and raw materials solve problems and add value across the globe.


Greatness comes from acting on purpose, and there is a generation of South Africans solving problems for the future. Learn how Pratley beat Armstrong to the moon, how a former Eskom quantity surveyor capitalised on Britain’s obsession with meerkats to create the UK’s most visible price comparison website, how to take a Mediterranean-style food concept to the Mediterranean, and how a device designed to beat diamond smuggling made it from the set of a popular US hospital drama into emergency rooms and pathology labs across the US.



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Taking pride and center on Graaff-Reinet’s main road is The Drostdy Hotel, rich with its own history. Image: The Sandton Times

Long road trips deserve a great stopover or two and the Great Karoo hasn’t always been known for its luxury accommodation – that is, until now. Nestled in the heart of South Africa, Graaff-Reinet has seen the country’s history unfold over decades, from early settlers to prospectors, royal visits and fierce battles, natural wonders, and the home-cooked Karoo dishes.

A blend of Cape Dutch, Victorian, and Karoo architecture, The Drostdy Hotel was established in 1786 as a government office and housed the local magistrate. Fast forward a few years, and the building converted to a hotel, and over the past decade was taken over by new owners and received a magical new look and feel, whilst remaining true to its history and surroundings.

Not far from here is Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve, which covers around 14’000 hectares, nearly 400 times the size of the wild animal park in Kent. The climate and topography are also very different. The land offers guests spectacular views and varied terrain on which to enjoy exploring for both traces of the past and wildlife. The property is vast and includes a variety of accommodation, from spacious manor houses to a romantic private cottage and of late, new luxury pods.


Yet the charm of Mount Camdeboo lies deep in its history, with the property having been a town known as Petersburg, the traces of which can still be uncovered today. Petersburg gradually faded away over time, becoming part of a collection of farms, which in turn transformed into a private game reserve, eventually giving way to Mount Camdeboo as it stands today, with the main Manor House being the former Police Station, the then Post Office is now the conference building and the private accommodation designed with families in mind used to be the Home Affairs offices. This layered with a rich history of Anglo-Boer war battles, and Mount Camdeboo is a sought-after destination for history fans and wildlife enthusiasts alike.


OLIVES & PLATES Caters To The Standard Bank Library Lounge
Located in the OR Tambo International Airport, Standard Banks’s premium and exclusive Library Lounge services their Wealth and Investment, Signature Banking, and Private Banking clients.


Andrea Neophytou of Olives & Plates has recently taken over this sophisticated space with a feast of exquisite tastes, ready to rival any international airport lounge. A sanctuary of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy airport, lush cakes are accompanied by the fragrant scents of flavours on the grill, providing an idyllic setting to switch of or get some work done before catching a domestic flight.


Breath Clean Air at HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL with Dean Jonathan Foster-Pedley

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Henley Business School Africa is a leading global business school with campuses in Europe, Asia and Africa. It is the only business school in Africa to hold quadruple international accreditation. Image: Henley Busines School

Having employed people from the airlines to help create a safe environment, Henley Business School has taken on the expensive exercise, to reconfigure its ventilation and air-conditioning system to help filter out the bad and circulate the good.


With ambitions to be the safest environment possible, especially during 2022, former commercial pilot and aerospace marketing executive now Dean and Director of Henley Business School Jonathan Foster-Pedley is going where no business school has gone before in Africa, by bringing in technology that’ll help students breath a bit easier.


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