Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting you, the discerning shopper, to all that is new, fresh, and exciting in north-eastern Sandton! Please feel free to support our advertisers! To subscribe, see our subscription page.
While Rivonia may not be doing wonderfully on the shopping front, it seems to have become a Mecca for Bed-and-Breakfasts. We are told that there are about 40 in the Rivonia/Edenburg area! A while ago we started listing them along with the other businesses on the Megaplex web site. There are currently ten on our Rivonia Area page and five for Northern Rivonia. It looks like it is time to give them their own page!
If you've used any of these Guest Houses and B&B establishments, we'd love to have your comments about them. Also, please tell us about those we haven't listed yet.
The shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand new shop much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign that read BEST DEALS.
He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading LOWEST PRICES.
The shopkeeper was panicked; then he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop. It read... MAIN ENTRANCE.
New, Movers and Shakers Back to top
Restaurant Review (***) by Judith Back to top
Taste of India, Early Dawn Centre, cor Rivonia Boulevard and 9th Ave, Rivonia
This restaurant has replaced Global Wrapps and serves a selection of North and South Indian foods plus Bunny Chows! They have tables outside and do not charge corkage for wine. They are unlicensed and Halaal. We decided to try them on the day after Boxing day and arrived early. We chose an outside table and were greeted by the friendly manager. We shared their vegetable samoosas - which were not the normal triangles but rather pyramids and somewhat doughy. For main course, I had the vegetarian Biryani and Rick the chicken Korma. The latter came with rice. Both dishes were excellent. The service was good and we wish this new venture all the best.
Worth Mentioning: Seniors Menu at Silver Pine Spur, Morning Glen
We were pleased to discover recently that this restaurant has a "Seniors menu", providing half portions of popular dishes at about a third of the normal price. Just the thing if don't have the appetite (or perhaps the budget) that you used to have! This Spur is always so happy to see guests, and do their best to look after you.
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Going, Going... Back to top
Blood Matters Back to top
The South African National Blood Transfusion Service (SANBS) no longer has a fixed clinic in central Sandton, after they closed the Benmore Gardens one in late 2009. That clinic typically got 350 donations a month. Only three hundred and fifty! Out of how many tens of thousands of people who live and work in Sandton? It's not surprising that they closed – leaving The Colony on Jan Smuts Avenue, and Fourways, as our nearest clinics.
Many people's attitude towards donating blood seems to be like their feelings about the death penalty: They are in favour of it, but not for themselves! Chances are that most of us will need blood at some stage; is it fair to rely on the tiny corps of volunteers who do donate? Come on Sandton! It takes an hour maximum, no more often than every two months. Yes, it does hurt a bit, but little more than pricking your finger, and think of the good it can do!
We'd like to lobby SANBS to open a new clinic serving our area. For this, we need you to e-mail us your support, which we will pass on to SANBS: This newsletter goes out to 1804 readers: That's enough to make a difference!
And, shopping-centre owners: Would you like another 1000 feet through your centre each month? A lot of you have space standing empty. How about volunteering 100 m² of space free, or at a reduced rate, for a clinic? e-mail us an offer!
"Dad, what's the big fan on top of a helicopter for?"
"Why, son, that's to keep the pilot cool."
"Oh yes – If it stops, you should see how he sweats!"
Your name in print! Would you like to contribute a shop- or restaurant review, a joke, or something else for this Newsletter? Please e-mail us. You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity). Reach more than 1800 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.