Sandton Times Hour

Sandton Times Hour Edition 71 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.


  • Nyimpini Mabunda, CEO of General Electric in Southern Africa chats about leadership and his new book ‘Take Charge: Life lessons on the road to CEO’.
  • CEO of Galetti Corporate Real Estate, John Jack, talks about the sale of Sandton boutique hotel, Marion on Nicol.
  • Clynton Yon, Senior Communications Manager at Toyota South Africa shares the brands significant win at the SAGMJ 2022 Car of the Year awards.
  • Sandton Times Correspondent Makaira Govender reviews the opening of Voco Hotel in Rosebank and the Gin Academy at the Indaba Hotel.
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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 71 | Week 24] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:



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For those who want to get some career growth tactics and learn more about leadership tips, read ‘Take Charge: Life lessons on the road to CEO’. Image: Jonathan Ball Publishers

Nyimpini Mabunda is the CEO of General Electric in Southern Africa and chairman of the US-South Africa Business at US Chamber of Commerce. He sits on several boards and is a regular speaker at events. He hails from what was then called Gazankulu, got his first degree at UCT at the age of 18, started his professional career at a multinational at 19 and became a line manager at 21.


Join Nyimpini Mabunda on his journey from his childhood in an apartheid-era homeland to the CEO’s office at one of the world’s leading businesses. In a career spanning Procter & Gamble, Nando’s, Diageo and Vodacom in South Africa, the UK and Uganda, Mabunda actively sets out to always improve his business acumen and leadership skills.


Constantly in learning mode and infused with positive energy, Mabunda’s path offers insightful lessons and practical advice for anyone who wants to succeed in their career, build and lead a business.


On Sale: MARION ON NICOL with John Jack

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It’s an exciting time for the hospitality industry as it shifts to meet ever-changing needs and compete for market share believes John Jack, CEO of Galetti Corporate Real Estate. Image: Galetti Corporate Real Estate

South Africa’s hospitality industry was one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, property investors are working to reinvent some of the country’s most sought-after properties.


Despite the recent uptick in tourism – particularly in business hubs like Gauteng and tourism hubs like Western Cape – the industry is still working hard to recoup its losses, but there are strong indicators of a turnaround in the near future. Given the change that the industry has experienced in the last few years, several iconic hospitality institutions are now up for grabs. Prime listings are coming to market and property investors have their sights firmly set on transforming the landscape.


One such iconic listing is the Marion on Nicol in Sandton. The 25-room hotel boasts an additional land portion adjacent to it to cater for future expansion which can be built out to suit the current market demand.


SAGMJ 2022 CAR OF THE YEAR with Clynton Yon

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The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) named the Toyota Corolla Cross the 2022 Car of the Year, as well as the winner in the Compact Family Category. Image: Toyota

Toyota continues its winning streak on the continent with a stellar performance at the 2022 Car of the Year awards that included the overall Car of the Year trophy and four of the nine categories.


They gave top honours to the Toyota Urban Cruiser in the Compact Category, the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid in the New-Energy Category and the Toyota Landcruiser 300 in the Adventure Sports-Utility Vehicle Category.


VOCO HOTEL Opening and Gin Tasting at THE INDABA HOTEL with Makaira Govender

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Sandton Times Correspondent Makaira Govender reviews the opening of Voco Hotel in Rosebank and the Gin Academy at the Indaba Hotel. Image: Makaira Govender

voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank has opened as the first voco property in Africa. As one of IHG’s newest hotel brands, voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank hopes to deliver on the promise of its name – ‘to invite’ or to ‘come together’ in Latin.


The 131-room hotel embodies the characteristics of voco with exclusive features and distinctive hallmarks, setting it apart for a memorable stay. The guest rooms benefit from the voco design concept with thoughtful comforts like cosy bedding made from 100% recycled materials, Antipodes high quality organic amenities in larger dispenser bottles, and high-speed Wi-Fi, Smart TVs, executive desks and in-room refreshments.


Guests staying at voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank can enjoy in-room dining selecting from Proud Mary’s innovative menu featuring delicious small plates, salads, grills and a boutique wine list you would find at no other eatery in town.


Then, learn a little more about the history and nuances of Gin paired with Winter-inspired treats as a Gin Master leads you through a curated tasting of the award winning Flowstone Wild African Botanicals Gin: Bushwillow, Marula and Wild Cucumber at the Indaba Hotel on Thursday, June 30:

  • 60-minute Gin Pairing starting at 6pm
  • Glass of Bubbly on Arrival
  • Featuring Indigenous Bushveld Flowstone Wild African Botanicals Gin
  • Wild Card Surprise Tasting
  • Guest Appearance by Flowstone Gin Maker


Book your Gin Pairing for R200 per person at



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