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Sandton Times Hour Edition 83 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.


  • Peter Schlebusch, Owner of Creative Landscaping chats about shaping up your garden for Spring and Summer.
  • Nico Vivier, Regional Director of Minor Hotels Africa talks about some of their properties ahead of the December holidays.
  • Mantwa Chinoamadi-Mutschinya, CEO of T-Musicman shares the details on the 2022 Joy of Jazz Festival.
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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 83 | Week 37] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


Spring Gardening with Owner of Creative Landscaping Peter Schlebusch

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Creative Landscaping has more than 30 years’ experience in garden designs & landscaping ideas for gardens, big and small. Image: Creative Landscaping

Garden designs and landscaping ideas for both large and small gardens have been a specialty of Creative Landscaping for more than 30 years. For both residential and business clients in the larger Gauteng region, Creative Landscaping have been transforming drab and uninteresting spaces into exquisitely designed landscapes (including Johannesburg & Pretoria).


For more information visit the Creative Landscaping website or call +27-83-267-6592.


December Getaways with Regional Director of Minor Hotels Africa Nico Vivier

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With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world. Image: Minor Hotels

Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travelers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. Brands include Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Elewana, Tivoli, nh Hotels, nh Collection Hotels and nhow Hotels in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America.


Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travelers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.


Avani Hotelswas designed for the millennial-minded traveler whose priorities are style, value and comfort. Avani is an upbeat and contemporary hotel concept that delivers the perfect balance, with a focus on good sleep, designed social spaces, locally inspired sustenance and friendly service.


Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
30km off Mozambique’s coast, the Bazaruto Archipelago of protected national park islands scatter like emerald jewels across the turquoise Indian Ocean. On the largest of these islands, far removed from modern distractions, travel to Anantara Bazaruto is both seamless and breath-taking. A 15-minute flight from Vilanculos Airport, which connects to Johannesburg with a direct two-hour flight, provides Anantara guests with their first glimpse of paradise.


The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara
A one-hour 40-minute flight from Johannesburg to Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, followed by a 25-minute drive through historic Livingstone, The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara is set along the banks of the great Zambezi River, in full view of the spray of the Victoria Falls. One of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, this iconic waterfall is a mere 10-minute walk away, with guests enjoying complimentary and unlimited access via the hotel’s private entrance.


Avani Gaborone Hotel & Casino
Located in Botswana’s capital city, Avani Gaborone offers leisure travelers a great city escape and business-people, a sophisticated conference and meeting spaces with the added advantage of a premium casino. A stay at the heart of Gaborone give guests access to all the city action, nearby wildlife, and plenty of fun on site.


Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino
Avani’s contemporary style and essential comforts meet river and mountain views in the heart of Lesotho’s capital at Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino. Offering seamless stays for work and play, Maseru’s city attractions are on the hotel’s doorstep and national parks let explorers live out their wild side.


Avani Maseru Hotel
Avani’s contemporary style and essential comforts meet river and mountain views in the heart of Lesotho’s capital at Avani Maseru Hotel. Offering seamless stays for work and play, Maseru’s city attractions are on the hotel’s doorstep and national parks let explorers live out their wild side.


Avani Pemba Beach Hotel
Avani Pemba Beach Hotel in Mozambique is situated in the country’s far northern province of Cabo Delgado, in the ancient port town of Pemba. With its striking architecture blending African and Arabian design, the hotel is the perfect choice for business travelers or for an easy beach escape.


Avani Victoria Falls Resort
Avani Victoria Falls Resort connects the wild side of travelers to Zambia’s wondrous landscapes and big game thrills. With iconic Victoria Falls on its doorstep, the resort gives roaring adventures a comfy den with a contemporary vibe and essential comforts, amid dramatic nature.


Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino
Set in Namibia’s vibrant capital, Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino is the place to sleep, work, and play. This is the perfect start or finish to a great African safari with plenty to do from living it up in the hotel casino, chilling by the rooftop pool, or exploring downtown Windhoek. A great escape if you are traveling with friends or family and the best hotel for business travelers.


For information on these properties and more visit Minor Hotels’ website.


2022 Joy of Jazz Festival with CEO of T-Musicman Mantwa Chinoamadi-Mutschinya

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The 2022 Joy of Jazz promises the Ultimate African Jazz Experience, a joyful groove against the funk occasioned by the slump of the past two years of pandemic restrictions. Image: Joy of Jazz

Mzansi’s premier jazz festival will return jazz lovers to inspired rhythms this summer for the 23rd installment of the Joy of Jazz at the Sandton Convention Centre on November 25 – 26.


Kicking off proceedings on the Conga stage, the sensational baritone, Dumza Maswana with wondrous set Celebrating African Song will perform with an all star band on impeccable instrumentalists, pianist Andile Yenana, bassit Shane Cooper and drummer Sakhi Nompozolo alongside reedman Sisonke Xonti with hornsman Sakhile Simani, and Thandeka Mfinyongo on Uhadi. They find fine balance in the incredibly gifted singer songwriter, Mandisi Dyantyis who will lift audiences up with his infectious hymns.


The band, Mahube with Music From Southern Africa features vocalists Muneyi and Siya Makuzeni (South Africa) and Xixel Langa (Mozambique) along with mbira Hope Masike (Zimbabwe).


Then there’s the much anticipated showcase of multi award winning pianist and composer, Bokani Dyer’s Project Radio Sechaba performed for the first time premier jazz stage for the first time. One of the most exciting saxophonists and composers of his generation, Linda Sikhakhane, with a high-powered quintet that includes pianist Afrika Mkhize, drummer Sphelelo Mazibuko, bassist Benjamin Jephta and Siphamandla Dlamini on the Dinaledi Stage.


Along with this stream of strong youthful headline acts, the festival’s return is buoyed by a spirit of resilient, elegant recovery plus a set of tribute performances in celebration of key jazz figures who passed away in the past two years. Saxophonist, and composer from Budhaza Mapefane will pay fitting tribute to the village pope, Tsepo Tshola; this set along with the performance by prodigiously gifted songstress, Maleh featuring Leomile and Lioness will hold up the musical flag for Lesotho’s musical marvels.


In another notable salutation, Gloria Bosman will lead a glorious celebration of the music and legacy of the late grand matriarch of song, Sibongile khumalo. The Horn Summit, A Tribute to Bra Johnny Mekoa will honour the great trumpet maestro and founder of the Music Academy of Gauteng. The tribute performance will feature Mekoa’s former colleagues and some of the great alumni of his music school. These include saxophonists Khaya Mahlangu and Mthunzi Mvubu, trumpeters Sydney Mavundla and Prince Lengoasa, trombonist Malcolm Jiyane, pianist Mongezi Conjwa and bassist Steven Mabona along with Hendrick Monyeki on vocals.


The musical magic of the people of Mozambique will be given fine expression by Maputo’s own Moreira Chonguiça with Irmandade (Brotherhood) featuring Jaco Maria. The guitar wizard of Maputo, Jimmy Dludlu will also ascend to the Conga Stage to wow jazz lovers with his singular sound. The enthralling voice of SA pop MSAKI and the Golden Circle are also set to give an unmissable performance for the ages.


The Mbira Stage-powered By Sampra will showcase some of the musical mavericks defining mzansi’s soundscape beyond the purview of the confines of genre, Thandiswa Mazwai, Brenda Mtambo Re-Framed, Presss and The Gathering With Ntsika. The 23rd instalment registers a nod to the festival’s resilience with elegance following what has been the toughest two years in the music industry and live performance based events across the world.


Along with the premier musical offering, festival organisers T. Musicman in collaboration with Synergy Business Events are presenting the inaugural 2022 Joy of Jazz “Music and Lifestyle Experience (Expo). The Expo aims to attract 3 000 visitors and over 100 exhibitors. It is open to both concert and non-concert goers and highlights the festival’s focus on economic recovery and development.


Tickets to the Joy of Jazz range from R650 to R1650. For more information visit the Joy of Jazz website.



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