Shopping in Morningside, Rivonia and Woodmead
plus Wendywood, Petervale, Bryanston and Benmore Gardens; Sunninghill soon!
January 2011 Newsletter

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.

New on the Block
Restaurant Review
The Vampires are After You
Checking Out

Home of Beauty
Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in Bryanston

Rita is an experienced therapist specialising in Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in a quiet and cosy space. Other beauty therapies: Facials, Pedicure, manicure, slimming, chakra balance.

Ladies Only!

Call Rita 082-210-0606

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

 Small Business?

 Oppressed by SARS
 and Big Government?

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Tel: 011 805-0151  e-mail Carol

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

Shopping Centres in
Greater Morningside:

Morningside Shopping Centre,
The Wedge, Morningside,
Morning Glen Mall
90 Degrees on Rivonia
Morning View
Shops in the Morningside Area

Almost all of us will one day need a blood transfusion

– Yet only 1% of the population donates blood!

Make a difference to society!  Your nearest donor centre is at The Colony,  cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall.  Phone:
011 447-6665
011 880-4994

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

Rivonia is Guest House City

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.

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.

Thinking Business:

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

  • Natalie's Flowers (was Shop 25 in Morning Glen Mall) has moved to Shop 5, Lifestyle centre, Woodlands office park, off Woodmead drive, Woodmead. A family-run florist for 20 years. Top service, quality flowers, worldwide delivery via Interflora and Teleflorist.
  • BP Edenburg and Wild Bean Café (listed in Rivonia North Shops) – Newly reopened after a compete revamp, Corner 12th Avenue and Rivonia Boulevard. Petrol, oil, and air at the garage. Standard Bank ATM in-store. Convenience store with braai supplies, cool drinks, sweets, newspapers, magazines, emergency toiletries and foods, biscuits, ice cream, ice. Wild Bean does coffee, tea, chicken and chips, salads, sandwiches, pies. Open 24 x 7 x 365
  • Rivonia News Cafe will –at some stage– be moving across Ninth Avenue from Rivonia Square to Rivonia Village, corner Rivonia Boulevard, where Mugg and Bean used to be.  Probably once they've retrieved the company from the CIPRO pirates.
  • Clicks is coming to  Morning Glen Mall.

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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.

Contact Details for Taste of India ~ Web Page for Taste of India.

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.

Contact Details for Silver Pine Spur.

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

Unfair Discrimination

"Hello Jack, and thanks for calling Talk Radio.  What are you doing today?"

"I-I-I'm g-g-g-going f-f-for a j-j-job inter-v-v-view."

"That's great!  Where?"

"A-a-a-at the s-s-s-SABC, as a n-n-n-newsreader."

"Oh. And how do you fancy your chances?"

"N-n-n-not g-g-good, hey, I-I-I'm w-w-w-white!"

Going,  Going..Back to top

  • Off the Wall (Shop U03 in Morningside Shopping Centre) is having a closing-down sale – Pictures, paintings, gifts, all merchandise has been marked down.  This is the fourth casualty since this generally very successful centre opened.

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

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!

Overheard At the Checkout

"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!"

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