Shopping in Morningside, Rivonia and Woodmead
not forgetting Wendywood, Petervale, Bryanston and Benmore Gardens
October 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting you, the Sandton shopper, to all that is new, fresh, and exciting in Wendywood, Woodmead, Petervale, Rivonia, Morningside, Morningside Manor, Gallo Manor, Bryanston and Benmore Gardens!  Please feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

Shoppers' Lament
New on the Block
Restaurant Review
The Gone Dogs
Boxes with Owls
Checking Out

Pet food expensive?
Vet-Quality Montego Dog Food delivered to you in N-E Sandton:

Pellets based on ostrich meat, no colourants or flavourants.

For glowing health, lovely coat.

25kg Adult: R290 COD
25kg Senior: R310 COD
Call 082-389-3482 or e-mail

Links to Other Pages:
Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and 2010 Accommodation in Woodmead, Morningside Manor, Gallo Manor and surroundings

Shopping Centres in the Woodmead area:
Wendywood Centre
Woodmead Value Mart
Woodmead Super Value Centre
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Dunwoody Centre
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

A Web Page for only R200 + VAT a Month?
– Are You Insane?

Want more business?  More and more, people are looking on the internet. Are you there? And visible to search engines?
Get a basic web page, of the kind Google loves, on the Megaplex site – e-mail us.

Shopping Centres in and near Rivonia:
Rivonia Square
Rivonia Village Centre
Rivonia Junction
Mutual Mews
Early Dawn Mall
Shops in the Rivonia Area
Petervale Shopping Centre

Shopping Centres in
Greater Morningside:

Morningside Shopping Centre,
The Wedge, Morningside,
Morning Glen Mall
90 Degrees on Rivonia
Morning View

 Small Business?

 Oppressed by SARS
 and Big Government?

There is strength in numbers! Join

Tel: 011 805-0151  e-mail Carol

Restaurants in Rivonia,
Codfather Village of Restaurants,
Restaurant reviews for Rivonia
Morningside Restaurant reviews

Other Places of Interest:
Sandspruit Hiking Trail,
Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre,
Rivonia Village Vet,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop,
Manor Medical Centre,
Morningside Country Club,
Apartment To Let June/July 2010

Shopper's Lament

Park, park, in the dark

If you’re in a hurry

Don’t try to park a big car

In the dark dark

Basement, with too many poles


Slip, slip on the tiles

If you’re in a hurry

Don’t try to run

You’ll end up with piles

Of bills for your pains


Where, where do I go?

If you’re in a hurry

Don’t try to find
the shop you once knew

‘cos its gone


Pay, pay for the parking

Pay, pay for the rent

Morning Glen was our favourite

Now it has went!


by Lucy Austin (Gallo Manor)


In August we said that Pick 'n Pay Clothing had moved out of the main Pick 'n Pay in Morning Glen Mall.  Not true: Pick n Pay Supermarket still sells clothing. The manager tells us (via Izilda) that the stock in the main store is different to that of the PnP Clothing store.

Be Seen by Sandton Shoppers – Put Your Advert Here!

Contact us to place an advert in this monthly e-newsletter or on the popular megaplex site at very reasonable rates.


At a party, the young man's aunt was introducing him to polite society.

A bookish matron, making conversation, asked him, "Dahling, do you like Kipling?"

Flustered, the young man stammered, "I ... I don't know ... I've never Kippeld."

New, Movers and Shakers Back to top

  • Go'spresso (Opened 13 October in the middle of Dunwoody Centre) – Café and conference centre. Light meals and meetings.  They do excellent food and are obliging.
  • Our Mica Hardware in Morning Glen Mall has moved from upstairs and become a DIY Depot, now just inside the lower level West entrance, under Woolworths.  It is greatly expanded – still with the same helpful and knowledgeable staff.
  • The Art Company (Shop 7 in Morning Glen Mall, replacing Quadra Art Gallery) – Picture Framers and Art Gallery. Custom framing, original South African art, speciality framing, easels and artists' canvas, framed mirrors, blockmounting, prints, photographic prints.
  • Perfect 10 Morning Glen (Shop 27 in Morning Glen Mall) – Nails, Facials (Guinot, Environ, Demalogica), Manicure, Pedicure, wax, tinting, lash extensions, massage.
  • 3B Cellular (Shop 19 in Morning Glen Mall) – Computer sales and repairs. Electronics. Cell phone repairs, water-damaged phones. Buy second-hand phones. Batteries and phone accessories. Remote batteries. Airtime: Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, Virgin Mobile (crooks), and Cell-C.
  • Treehouse Children's Décor Co. (Shop 75 in Woodmead Retail Park) – Opened 29 October 2010: Everything you need for kids' rooms, including bedding, curtaining, furniture, soft furnishings and accessories.
  • Julie's Willowbrook sells clothing for babies through to children age 12, sleepwear for girls, boys and Mums. cot linen. blankets, hooded towels and cot bumpers. bespoke linen, cheeky aprons, tea towels and other kitchen accessories. Sadly, Julie's at Morning Glen Mall has closed, but is still going strong at Parkhurst, Sandton (011 880 0396), Dullstroom (013 25 40 885) and Hillcrest, Durban (031 765 8425).
  • The Medical Doctors in Euro Centre, Rivonia Boulevard (near Larry's), have moved to the Wedge (Drs Nikki Wood, Sam Lewis, and Sumien Moore)
  • A Geen & Richards furniture store has opened in a new building in Woodmead on Waterval Crescent next to Mias Angling, just south of, and opposite, the Woodmead Retail Park.

Are you Lonely and Frustrated as an Entrepreneur?

Others have already solved the problems you have!  Meet and learn from them at!

Restaurant Review (***) by Judith Back to top

Adega, Bryanston Shopping Centre, corner William Nicol and Ballyclare Drive, 9 October 2010

A very busy and successful restaurant that has moved into a franchise.  We arrived without booking on a whim and were seated within minutes.  However, we would advise you to book.  We looked at the menu and decided on three starters rather than main courses – calamari, black mushroom and chourico.  I ordered white wine –a very pleasant Sauvignon Blanc– and my companion ordered Appletiser.  The Black Mushroom was rather over cheesed with both Feta and Mozzarella, and the Chourico was rather strong on its own.  The calamari, served with spinach rather than rice, was excellent.  Service was somewhat confused so perhaps Fridays are not the best time to go.  A little noisy, however the ambience was good.

The restaurant is well attended, service is acceptable.  My feeling is that the franchise needs to look at how it is maintaining its standards.

Contact Details for Adega.

Concerned about water quality? Acid Mine Drainage? Nuclear Power? So are we! Join Earthlife Africa e-mail us

Painting the Porch

Julius decides to use his painting skills to give back to society. He offers to paint something at old man's home for free. "What must I paint?" he asks the old man.

"The porch," he says and laughs.

"OK!" says Julius enthusiastically and sets to work. The old man walks into his house and his wife confronts him.

"Did you tell him that the porch goes right around the house?" she asks.

"No, but he wants to contribute, so let him do it properly".

An hour later Julius is back. "All finished; I had paint left over, so I put on a second coat".

"Amazing", says the man.

"And by the way," says Julius as he leaves, "it's not a Porsche, it's a Ferrari."

The Gone Dogs  Back to top

  • Chuckleberry's Rivonia "Hamburger Heaven", Rivonia Centre, 369 Rivonia Boulevard, has closed to our great regret.
  • Piaceri & Co. (in The Wedge, Morningside) – Mediterranean Restaurant: Their dishes were works of art but their service had deteriorated.
  • Rivonia Mica Home Warehouse (in The Wedge, Morningside) – Hardware, Homeware and garden. Closing end October 2010.  We are told that Fruit and Veg City will growing into this space.
  • Mias Homeware (in 20 Waterval Crescent in Woodmead Area Shops) has closed.  Mias Angling is still going strong.
  • Je'Taime Lingerie (Shop 75 in Woodmead Retail Park) – replaced by a Treehouse (kids bedrooms).

Please Give R10 to Guide Dogs for the Blind!  SMS 'see' to 38051

Away from the Malls  Back to top

Yes, there is life away from the Mall!  We periodically have guests on our Sunday Sandspruit walks.  One of the questions they ask is, "what is that kennel doing up in that tree?" (see picture).  We try hard to convince them that these are doghouses for specially-trained tree-climbing Dobermans that guard the river at night (and can of course see intruders better from high up a tree), but we finally have to admit that they are really owl boxes.

Owls are beautiful birds in their own right and experts at controlling rodents, but lack suitable nesting sites (usually old dead trees) in the city.  The Urban Owl Box Project addresses this problem with these owl boxes, made from recycled wood using community programmes.  They also educate youngsters to dispel the superstitions around owls.  You can do your bit for conservation:   If you'd like to buy an owl box or bat box for your garden or park, contact Jonathan Haw or Stephanie Lodewyk of Ecosolutions (e-mail, phone  072-365-9777, web site  Note: They do not supply instant owls! Do not be disappointed if it takes time before an owl finds your box.

At the Checkout

In the supermarket I noticed a man shopping with his son. As I walked by, he crossed something off his list, and I heard him whisper conspiratorially to the child, “You know, if we really mess this up, mom will never let us do it again.”

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 1470 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter!  Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.

Back to top – ©2017 Megaplex cc. Privacy Policy.  All rights reserved. Contents may be used for reference purposes, as long as credit is duly given.
Newsletter Issued August 2010 – Page Last Updated: 13 September 2017. – Contact us.