Sandton Times Hour

Sandton Times Hour Edition 90 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, every week on Mix 93.8 FM, Mondays at 7pm.


  • Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer of FlySafair breaks down domestic flight data and airline ticket pricing.
  • Ross Volk, Managing Director of MSC Cruises South Africa shares details of MSC Splendida entering South African waters and the new Cruise Terminal in Durban.
  • Louisa Holst, Author of The South African Air Fryer Cookbook talks all things air frying and recipes.
  • Elaine Jack, Precinct Manager for Sandton Central takes a look at Sandton’s recovery and the new #WFHSandton campaign.
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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 90 | Week 44] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


SOUTH AFRICAN DOMESTIC FLIGHT PRICING with FlySafair Chief Marketing Officer Kirby Gordon

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FlySafair predicts that local flight prices will drop to more familiar levels by February 2023. Image: FlySafair

FlySafair has committed to adding at least six additional Boeing 737-800 aircraft to their present fleet of 25 aircraft by the end of April 2023. The introduction of the new aircraft is expected to help reduce ticket prices and alleviate the shortage of seats currently being experienced on various domestic routes. This coming summer, the airline has increased this to 7’652 flights and about 1.4 million seats – a 141% jump from the same period the year before.


FlySafair has grown their staff complement by just over 18% in 2022, saving a great number of people within the industry from unemployment due to the downscaling and closure of several other airlines. With the additional aircraft slated for next year, FlySafair is in the process of recruiting new staff to support this additional capacity, including not only pilots and cabin crew, but staff within the airline’s ground operations including call centre, administration, maintenance, and day-to-day operations.


According to Gordon, FlySafair operated over 5’450 flights last summer holiday between December 1 and January 31. This works out to just under a million seats. This coming summer, the airline has increased this to 7’652 flights and about 1.4 million seats – a 141% jump from the same period the year before.


For the best FlySafair flight deals visit The Sandton Times Fly page.


2022/2023 SOUTH AFRICAN CRUISE SEASON with MSC Cruises South Africa Managing Director Ross Volk

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The MSC Splendida will be entering South African waters with an unprecedented selection of experiences and services. Image: MSC Cruises

The South African travel and tourism industry is expecting the most modern ship to serve South Africa for its cruising season in 2023/24, MSC Splendida. The 14-deck passenger vessel can accommodate up to 4,363 passengers and features for the first time in South Africa, the MSC Yacht Club – a premium ‘ship within a ship’ concept with 71 spacious suites, a dedicated concierge desk, 24-hour butler service, private restaurant, swimming pool and sunbathing area.


MSC Splendida will be based from November 2023 in the port of Durban and offer a range of voyages that last between 3 and 14 nights to Namibia and Mozambique. MSC Cruises will in total operate 35 sailings of MSC Splendida from both Durban and Cape Town during 2023-24.


MSC Splendida has a range of themed bars and dining venues including specialty Mediterranean and American steak house restaurants. The ship also has four swimming pools, The Strand Theatre for nighttime entertainment, Club 33 nightclub, an ultramodern gym, squash court and running track.


For more information on MSC Cruises website.



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While a lot of people just use their air fryers to cook pre-prepared food like crumbed chicken, frozen fish, or chips, they may also be used to bake and prepare a variety of delicious foods! Image: Philips

Over the past few years, the air fryer has become a more and more popular kitchen appliance. In essence, it is a compact countertop convection oven that rapidly and effectively cooks food.


The South African Air Fryer Cookbook focuses on regional cuisine and includes air fryer versions of local favorites including malva pudding, bobotie, apricot snoek with sweet potato, milk pie, and boerewors with chakalaka. You will undoubtedly discover your favorite South African cuisine in this wonderful collection of recipes.


Welcome to the sizzling world of air frying! The South African Air Fryer Cookbook focuses on mouth-watering local favourites such as bobotie, apricot snoek with sweet potato, boerewors with chakalaka, paptert, milk tart and malva pudding.


Purchase The South African Air Fryer Cookbook on the Exclusive Books website.


WORK FROM HERE in Sandton Central with Precinct Manager Elaine Jack

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Entrance to The Marc shopping centre in Sandton Central, corner Maude Street and Rivonia Road. Image: Sandton Central

The Sandton Central precinct has long been admired as the country’s business capital, housing not only the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and numerous listed companies, but also many of South Africa’s most prolific thinkers and highly sought-after retail experiences.


Roads were widened to accommodate universal access, security enhanced, batteries fitted to traffic lights at selected intersections, sustainable architecture pursued, new retail stores polished, trendsetting restaurants opened, art galleries expanded and office buildings renovated, all to cater to shifting trends and stay at the forefront of innovation. The result is that there has never been a better time to live, work, dine, shop, stay and play in Sandton Central, and this core message is at the heart of a new campaign to shine a light on Sandton.



  • Ahmet Kilic & Stoto – Stumblin In (feat. Adeba)
  • Lost Frequencies – Are You With Me
  • Max Oazo & Camishe – Stand By Me




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