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Sandton Times Hour Edition 97 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.


  • Hylton Kallner, CEO of Discovery Bank shares the personalised selection of books he gifts the members of his team as we head out for our year-end breaks.
  • Jeff Grundlingh returns to take a semi-final look at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, wrapping up the Quarter Finals.
  • Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer of FlySafair provides an update on domestic flights and December travel tips.
  • Sam Chui, one of the most followed travel and aviation YouTuber’s, visits South Africa on route to Antarctica, and checks in with The Sandton Times Hour.
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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 97 | Week 51] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


BOOKS FROM THE TOP With Discovery Bank Chief Executive Officer Hylton Kallner

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Rounding off the year, Discovery Bank Chief Executive Officer Hylton Kallner listened to a great podcast from the New York Times about the value of ‘deep reading’. It discussed how reading on a Kindle or laptop differs from reading a physical book in terms of how our brains process information, as well as how reading fosters our capacity for focus, empathy, and understanding.


As most of us leave for our year-end breaks, Hylton customarily gives his team members some “homework” in the form of a collection of books. Looking at his reading list for this year, there are some overall themes and they are definitely slanted toward behavioural economics, but they also emphasize pushing the boundaries of conventional wisdom and living up to our full potential, with a few excellent biographies thrown in:


Genius: How to Take Smart Ideas Global by Bruce Whitfield
Genius examines what it takes to thrive in an increasingly complex, fast-paced and divisive global environment. These are lessons for anyone looking to succeed anywhere against the odds.


Don’t Trust Your Gut by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
When it comes to making big decisions, we might consult friends and family, read advice online or turn to self-help books for guidance. In the end, though, we usually just do what feels right. But what if our gut is wrong?


Leadership: Six Studies In World Strategy by Henry Kissinger
In Leadership, Kissinger analyses the lives of six extraordinary leaders through the distinctive strategies of statecraft, which he believes they embodied.


Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
From the Academy Award-winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.


The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, A Temptation, and The Longest Night of the Second World War by Malcolm Gladwell
A “truly compelling” (Good Morning America) New York Times bestseller that explores how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war—from the creator and host of the podcast Revisionist History.


Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Packed with evidence-based self-improvement strategies, Atomic Habits will teach you how to make the small changes that will transform your habits and deliver remarkable results.


Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney
Jony Ive’s designs have not only made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world; they’ve overturned entire industries, from music and mobile phones to PCs and tablets.


Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant
Bestselling author and TED podcast star, Adam Grant examines the critical art of rethinking – how questioning your beliefs and knowing what you don’t know can lead you to success at work and happiness at home.


The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists by Richard Rumelt
In this ground-breaking book, Richard Rumelt, the world’s leading authority on strategy, shows how finding the crux of a challenge is the essence of the strategist’s skill. The crux is the key issue where action will best pay off, and Rumelt reveals how to pinpoint it so you can focus energy on what really matters.


The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Dynasty by Natalie Livingstone
In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power.


Shackleton: How the Captain of the Newly Discovered Endurance Saved His Crew in the Antarctic by Ranulph Fiennes
An enthralling new biography of Ernest Shackleton by the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes.


Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed
Rebel Ideas examines the power of ‘cognitive diversity’ – the ability to think differently about the world around us. It explains how to harness our unique perspectives, pool our collective intelligence and tackle the greatest challenges of our age – from climate change to terrorism.


FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 With Jeff Grundlingh

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The World Cup final at Qatar 2022 moves into the last stages of the tournament where the remaining teams will face the end knockout phase.


Croatia and Argentina advanced to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi-finals by defeating Brazil and the Netherlands on penalties, while Morocco also advanced by shocking Portugal. Then, with a thrilling 2-1 victory over England, the tournament’s defending champions France completed the final four.


The teams’ paths to the final, which will take place on December 18 at Lusail Stadium, are as follows:


Semi-Finals Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13
Argentina vs Croatia


Semi-Finals Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14
France vs Morocco


DECEMBER TRAVEL TIPS With FlySafair Chief Marketing Officer Kirby Gordon

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December is finally upon us and with it the busy holiday season. As everyone and their auntie heads off on holiday, navigating the holiday season airport chaos can often seem like a daunting task. To help you make sense of the chaos and get your holiday off to a flying start, FlySafair has put together its insider knowledge and shared these 13 travel hacks for travel without the hassle.


Get Your Boarding Pass App…Waiting in line to print out a boarding pass is so 2021. Rather, save a tree and some time and get your boarding pass sent to your cellphone via the FlySafair app. No more rifling through papers or digging through pockets, simply pull out your phone, scan, and you’re off.


Check-In Online…Even if you have baggage, checking in online is a great way to save time and secure your seats. Online check-in opens 24 hours before your flight and closes 1 hour before take-off, giving you plenty of time to remember. If you’re traveling light with only hand luggage you can even skip the check-in desk entirely.


Pre-Book Your Seats…If you are tall, traveling as a family, or like to avoid awkward conversations with strangers, pre-booking your seats online is an absolute must. The tiny fee that comes with pre-booking is a small price to pay for the security of knowing where you will be sitting and who you will be seated with.


Pre-Book At The Front…We get it – you want to disembark quickly when you arrive so you can get on with your holiday activities. Although in most cases both the front and back doors will be opened, there are times when the back doors will remain closed. This is usually due to bad weather, so if the forecast is looking grim or you’re not willing to take the chance, booking seats at the front will mean a swifter exit 100% of the time.


Be On Time…The early bird doesn’t just catch the worm, they also catch their flight. While we manage cabin luggage limits very carefully, there is always a race for the overhead bins. There is a strict first-come-first-stow policy so if you would like to secure the best spot for your luggage make sure you’re at the front of the boarding line with all your documents at the ready when the gates open.


Use The Seat In Front Of You…No, not as a footrest. We mean the space underneath the seat in front of you. As we said, there is always a mad rush to fit as much as you can in the overhead bins, but very few people use the storage space right in front of them. Except for those sitting in a bulkhead or exit row everyone can store carefully packed hand luggage in their own private space at their feet. This is also the perfect way to make sure nobody puts their heavy bag on top of your fragile items like laptops.


Pre-Purchase Your Snacks…Nothing says holiday like munching on your favourite snack at 30 thousand feet. Save yourself the hassle of trying to find your cash or card and make sure you get the goodies you want by pre-ordering on the FlySafair website.


Keep Your Carry Bags To A Minimum…Trying to keep track of everything in a bustling airport is already a challenge, especially if you are traveling with a group. Trying to haul dozens of carryons through the crowds like a pack donkey makes navigating the chaos even more of a challenge – plus you might not be allowed through if you’re over the carryon limit. Rather simplify your travel with a checked bag, limiting your carryon to just the essentials.


Sensible Shoes…Yes, those six-inch heels you bought specially for this trip are stunning, but walking from security to your gate might leave you sobbing. Airports require a lot of walking, often up and down stairs. Avoid starting your holiday with a trip to the emergency room by opting for sensible shoes and save your heels, and your feet, for your destination.


Something Warm, Something Cool…Weather is a crazy thing, and unfortunately, not something we can control. Remember that even though it might be freezing cold when you leave Johannesburg, by the time we open up in Durban you might need to peel off a few layers. Always make sure you plan for both realities, no matter what the season.


Keep Your ID On Hand…Sadly, your travel buddy’s’ assurance that you are who you say you are is not enough for us to let you through. Having some form of ID is crucial when flying, in fact, it’s the law. Make sure you always keep your ID in an easily accessible place all the way through the airport. You can use your driver’s license, ID book or card, passport, or even a birth certificate, either way proper identification is a must.


Wrap Your Bag…Sadly, theft in airports is not uncommon. Wrapping your bag might seem like a hassle and expense, but it is by far the best way to protect the contents of your cases from any sticky fingers, especially if you are traveling with gifts or expensive items.


Wrap Your Christmas Presents Later…Although we try to handle all our passenger’s luggage with the utmost care, airport luggage is handled in bulk, and wrapping paper is not very strong. Often, delicately wrapped presents end up getting torn in the loading and unloading process and may end up looking messy. If you are traveling with presents rather travel with them still unwrapped and wrap them at your destination. And don’t pack or gift toy guns – they show up like the real thing on security X-Ray machines and needless to say, you’ll be unpacking, off-loading and dealing with way more drama than necessary.


ANTARCTICA With The Most Followed Travel & Aviation YouTuber Sam Chui

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Sam Chui is one of the most followed aviation creators on the internet, with an engaged follower base of more than 4.5-million people and over 25-million views per month on his content across his vlog, blog and social channels.


This December, Sam reached Antarctica, his seventh and last continent! He flew on a A340 charter from Cape Town, and after 5 hours of flying from 33 South to 71 south in latitude, he landed on Wolf’s Fang Runway in Antarctica. Sam has now flown on a total of 240+ airlines with over 180 aircraft types. His favourite aircraft is The Boeing 747 which he has flown on over 350 times across all The B747 models and variants.



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