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Sandton Times Hour Edition 75 Podcast 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.


  • News24 Investigative Journalist Kyle Cowan talks about his latest book ‘Sabotage: Eskom Under Siege’.
  • Dining Notes from a recent trip to two gorgeous restaurants – PIER Restaurant and The Waterside Restaurant, part of the La Colombe Group, situated at the V&A Waterfront.
  • Darryl Mayers, Joint CEO of Investec Property Fund shares some details on the repositioning of Design Quarter.
  • Rowan Leibbrandt, Founding Partner of Truman & Orange looks at Irish Whiskey and Shanky’s Whip.
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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 75 | Week 29] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


SABOTAGE: ESKOM UNDER SIEGE with News24 Investigative Journalist Kyle Cowan

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Kyle Cowan is an award-winning journalist. He was twice named joint winner of the prestigious Taco Kuiper Award for investigative journalism and works at News24 as part of their in-depth investigative team. Image: The Sandton Times

After unknown saboteurs toppled a strategic pylon near Lethabo Power Station in the Free State in November 2021, almost causing the country to plunge into stage 5 load-shedding, Eskom’s chief executive officer André de Ruyter declared: ‘This was clearly now an act of sabotage and I think we can call it as such.’ Who was behind this, and what is their ultimate goal?


Since his appointment in January 2020, De Ruyter has faced intense opposition from within the power utility as he attempts to clean up corruption and return the electricity company to a semblance of its former glory. He is not alone. Chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer and other trusted allies in Eskom have also come under intense fire.


From forensic investigations and botched probes to accusations of racism, De Ruyter and Oberholzer have spent significant amounts of time fending off allegation after allegation. Amid this onslaught, it has become clear that their enemies will take any measures necessary to have them removed from office.


Based on exclusive interviews with De Ruyter, Oberholzer and other key figures, SABOTAGE: ESKOM UNDER SIEGE is a story of conspiracy and subterfuge at South Africa’s ailing power utility, uncovering the power struggles that threaten the country’s very survival.


Get a copy of the book online at



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In 2021, Chef Proprietor of the La Colombe Group of restaurants Scot Kirton announced the opening of two new restaurants at the iconic V&A Waterfront: PIER Restaurant and The Waterside Restaurant. Image: The Sandton Times

Ranking on the WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANT LIST year on year, the La Colombe Group have built up their reputation for one of South Africa’s must visit dining experiences and now, their latest offering provides those who’ve never stepped into the world of fine-dining, a taste that could become a dining affair.


Having enjoyed a lunch at the pinnacle of the La Colombe Group of restaurants, at La Colombe in 2021, The Sandton Times headed down to Cape Town to take a seat at the table of two new restaurants in the La Colombe Group, centrally located at the V&A Waterfront, a bit closer to the Mother City’s heart.


PIER diners will get to experience an intimate, multi-course fine-dining experience at one of the world’s most-loved destinations, in a space designed with a soft palette, using the right tones and materials to set the stage for exquisite cuisine, whilst The Waterside, situated away from the hustle and bustle of the Victoria Wharf, offers an un-intimidating step into a world of tranquillity set to iconic views of the V&A Waterfront harbour. Simplicity is at the heart of The Waterside’s décor and design, using natural woods and dynamic furniture pieces, allowing the dishes and service to really shine offering a different, but equally exceptional, dining experience.


To book your seat, visit the PIER website or The Waterside website.


DESIGN QUARTER REPOSITIONING with Darryl Mayers, Joint CEO of Investec Property Fund

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Darryl Mayers, Joint CEO of Investec Property Fund hopes the expansion retailers will provide customers a more dynamic and exciting shopping experience. Image: Investec Property Fund

Having opened in 2005, Design Quarter, known for its focus on design, décor and lifestyle, is busy undergoing an upgrade to reposition itself in the market, with a mix of what has made it successful to date along with some new concepts and offerings.


New tenants include Bootleggers, Checkers’ new concept store, Checkers’ Liquor and Checkers’ Petshop Science as well as a Samsung store. The first phase of the Design Quarter redevelopment is scheduled for completion around August 2022 with the final project due for completion mid-2023.


SHANKY’S WHIP AND IRISH WHISKEY with Rowan Leibbrandt, Founding Partner of Truman & Orange

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Shanky’s Whip is made from black Irish Whiskey (whisky aged in charred barrels – hence the black part), un-aged Irish spirit, and then blended with natural flavours and caramel. Image: Shanky’s Whip

In Ireland it’s not uncommon for an Irish Whiskey shot to be dropped into a pint of Guinness (we suspect Irish men are tougher than men elsewhere) and Shank‎y’s recreates this soft creamy-rich flavour. The resulting spirit is midnight black, with a sweet smoothness underpinned with spicy Irish Whiskey notes.


Shanky’s name deserves a mention too, as his story is almost as curious and delectable as his drink. So the story goes (and Ireland has many of those) that Mr Shanky was an extraordinary jockey but also a bit of a troublemaker (something else Ireland has many of). One of the particular incidents that made his name, was when he was once thrown from his horse and promptly returned on an ostrich to win the race in front of a startled crowd. Well, that’s the way the legend goes, and who are we to doubt it!


Priced at R395, Shanky’s Whip is available at leading liquor stores and online.



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