Sandton Times Hour

Sandton Times Hour Edition 94 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.


  • André Odendaal, honorary professor in History and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape shares details of his latest book “Dear Comrade President: Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of South Africa’s Constitution”.
  • It’s #TravelNotes time again, this week looking at two great spots in KwaZulu-Natal: Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch and Thonga Beach Lodge.
  • Nick Wilkinson, Regional Vice President for Middle East & Africa for Norwegian Cruise Lines shares the details of Norwegian Jade heading to Cape Town.
  • Ruth Coggin, Co-Founder and Music Director of the Johannesburg Queer Chorus (JQC) shares the fundraising details for the choir to go to Various Voices 2023 in Italy.
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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 94 | Week 48] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


DEAR COMRADE PRESIDENT with Author André Odendaal
In his annual presidential address on 8 January 1986, ANC president Oliver Tambo called on South Africans to make apartheid ungovernable through militant action. But unknown to the world, the quiet-spoken mathematics teacher and aspirant priest turned reluctant revolutionary had also on that very day set up a secret think tank in Lusaka, which he named the Constitution Committee, giving it an ‘ad hoc unique exercise’ that had ‘no precedent in the history of the movement’.


Knowing that all wars end at a negotiating table, and judging the balance of forces to be moving in favour of the liberation movement, he wanted the ANC to be prepared and to be holding the initiative after the political collapse of apartheid. Guided by a brilliant analysis by Pallo Jordan, Tambo instructed his new think tank to prepare a constitutional framework for a liberated, non-racial, democratic South Africa. Their task was to formulate the principles and draft the outlines of a constitution that could unite South Africa when the time came to talk in the fledgling days of freedom and democracy.


The seven-member team, including Albie Sachs, Kader Asmal and Zola Skweyiya, started deliberating and reporting to Tambo. In correspondence, they typically addressed him as ‘Dear Comrade President’.


Drawing on the personal archives of participants, Dear Comrade President explains how this process, which fundamentally influenced the history of contemporary South Africa, unfolded. Why and how did it happen? What were the first written words? When and where were they put on paper? By whom? What values did they espouse? And how did the committee’s work fit into the broader struggle? This book answers these questions in ways that have not been done before and provides paradigm-changing insights into the purposeful first steps taken in the making of South Africa’s Constitution.



Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch

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The Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch is the latest addition, not only to the area, but to the growing Hilton Garden Inn portfolio, one of Hilton’s 18 brands. Image: The Sandton Times

Catering to both local and foreign visitors, who may enjoy the subtropical weather, heritage, history or are down on the East Coast on business and a bit of pleasure, the hard-to-miss, Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch is comfortably situated between the well-known Umhlanga of old, near the beach, and Gateway Shopping Centre just over the ridge.


Full story at: We Went There: Impressive Stay At Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch.


Thonga Beach Lodge

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If you’re looking to escape civilization in a civilized way, Thonga Beach Lodge has it all. The hospitality team at Thonga Beach Lodge are notable, with a warm welcome, friendly smile and pride in serving. Image: The Sandton Times

Hidden away among trees and greenery, with a front row seat on Mabibi beach, Thonga Beach Lodge is a charming boutique escape from the everyday with an undeniable sea-side vibe. Recent renovations have given the lodge a fresh new look with many pieces sourced from the surrounding area.


Full story at: We Went There: Barefoot Luxury At Thonga Beach Lodge.


NORWEGIAN JADE HEADING TO CAPE TOWN with Norwegian Cruise Regional Vice President for Middle East & Africa Nick Wilkinson

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The Norwegian Jade crew promise to keep passengers engaged day and night with lively nightclubs, award-winning restaurants, a large casino, swimming pools, a relaxing spa, and much more as you travel between ports along beautiful coastlines. Image: NCL

Prepare to embark on a trip aboard the exquisitely improved Norwegian Jade along the coast of Africa and onwards to the Middle East. Norwegian Jade has undergone major renovations and is now back in the fleet with new venues, contemporary furnishings, and renovated staterooms.


Norwegian Jade arrives in South Africa in December 2022 and will be offering local guests a choice of two itineraries:
South Africa, Seychelles & Madagascar, to Dubai
South Africa and Namibia


Full story at: Cape To Dubai: Norwegian Jade Arrives In South Africa December 2022.


More information on the 12-day Cruise on Norwegian Jade – Africa: South Africa & Namibia from Cape Town, in January 2023, here.


JOHANNESBURG QUEER CHORUS with Co-Founder and Music Director Ruth Coggin

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The LGBTQIA+ community and their friends in greater Johannesburg can join the amateur chorus with members identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and/or genderqueer. Image: JQC

The Johannesburg Queer Chorus (JQC) has been invited to perform at the Various Voices Festival 2023 in Bologna, Italy and is raising funds to make this performance a reality.


A total of 5000 singers, musicians, and fans are expected to attend the first-ever Italian Various Voices in 2023, which will take place over five gorgeous, warm summer days and lovely evenings and the JQC is hoping to add their voice to this gathering.


Full story at: Johannesburg Queer Chorus Raises Funds To Head To Italy In 2023



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