Shopping in North-Eastern Sandton
March 2011 Newsletter

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

Editor's Rant
New on the Block
Restaurant Review
The Gone Dogs
Saturday Dance Spectacular
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 available: 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

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

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


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

You Can Make a Difference to Our City!

Are you happy with the state of our "World-Class" city?  Over R870-million on a billing system (Project Phakama) that produces 80,000 wrong accounts, originally awarded to a newly-formed BEE company (Masana Technologies) whose directors were employees of the City at the time.  A Mayor and majority party in denial.  Private companies have to provide pointsmen and fix potholes because the City won't.  Traffic lights are out constantly. The city can not afford a web page for Ernest Ullmann Park, but it can give huge performance bonuses to non-performing CEOs and splurge on advertisements.  You can think of many more.

Yet there are places where things work. The equivalent SAP billing system in the Cape Town municipality cost R350-million, and works.  The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs named Baviaans, the only DA-run municipality in the Eastern Cape, as the best for service delivery in that province. Baviaans also won the award for best revenue collector in the Eastern Cape.  The only DA-run municipality in Gauteng, Midvaal, is consistently top of our province for service delivery. This year, Midvaal received its 8th unqualified audit in ten years. Last year it was ranked number one in the province in the annual "quality of life" survey. The success of DA municipalities in the Western Cape is legendary.

There is a municipal election on 18 May. If you like things as they are, please vote ANC.  If you don't, vote for the party that has a track record of fixing things. But just voting is not enough: It is important to work for change and encourage others to vote for it.  The numbers show that a concerted effort can win Johannesburg for the DA: We have only ourselves to blame if we get another 5 years of mismanagement!

Visit the DA table at Bryanston Shopping Centre on Saturday, 2nd April between 10:00 and 12:00, and at Benmore Gardens on 16 April.

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"I'm starting to take an interest in sport". "Really?  Which one?" "Locust." "Never heard of it!"

"Hmm, maybe I've got it wrong... Grasshopper?" "No, that's a brand of shoes!"

"Come on, you must know it: Played with a bat and ball, named after an insect... Cockroach?"

"Oh, you mean Cricket!"

New, Movers and Shakers Back to top

  • Fashion Wear-House (in Woodmead Super Value Centre) – Branded clothing.
  • Cube Cosmetics Woodmead (in Woodmead Super Value Centre) – cosmetics clearance: premium hair, fragrance and skincare brands at up to 50% less than you'd expect to pay in a regular retail store.
  • Floors Direct in Woodmead Value Mart – leaders in wood and laminated flooring. North end of lower level (at the back).
  • redmango (in Morningside Shopping Centre) – fat-free frozen yoghurt, premium coffee, health food, smoothies, parfait, fruit salad, wraps, sandwiches, fruit juice, special teas. Free Wi-Fi. On the right of Morningside Pharmacy.
  • Miss Salon London (Shop U45 in Morningside Shopping Centre) – Boutique nail bar, nail studio.
  • Bike Concepts (in Morningside Shopping Centre) – opening 1 April. Cycles, cycling gear and accessories. Left of Extreme eyewear.
  • BT Games (Shop U03 in Morningside Shopping Centre) – opening 1 April. Video games.
  • Attirance (in Morningside Shopping Centre) – opening 1 April in the atrium island next to Make Scents. Bath oils, fragrances.
  • Kodak Express (in Morningside Shopping Centre) – opening May 2011. Right of Optimum Nutrition.
  • Catimini (in Morningside Shopping Centre) – opening later in 2011 in the atrium next to Trishys. Looks like pretentious French clothes and games for spoiled brats.

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Banks to Charge More on 1 April   Back to top

The trend for South African banks to charge for everything continues with the recent announcement, not widely reported in the press, that from tomorrow the "big four" banks will charge customers to breathe in their branches.  A spokesman justified this by saying, "Look, we have to pay for air-conditioning.  Eskom and City Power tariffs have gone up substantially: Do people think clean air grows in trees?  If they want free air, they can use the ATMs outside and breathe Johannesburg's World Class smog."

From April ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank will issue time-stamped tickets as people enter.  On exit, an "air fee" will be conveniently deducted from the customer's account for the time spent in the branch.  Those without accounts may pay by credit card or in cash.  People who bring their own breathing apparatus and air supply will be exempt (scuba shops are reporting brisk business).

Fees have initially been set at what the spokesman called "a ridiculously low 10c a minute. We don't want to scare people away initially.  Once they are used to the idea, we'll start really fleecing them."

The good news for consumers is that there are already signs of price wars between the banks: ABSA is, for tomorrow only between 10:00 and 12:00 offering "half-price air time", and Nedbank has countered with "Breathe Free Fridays".  Capitec Bank will not follow suit.  Their Morning Glen manager told this newsletter, "We think it is crazy what other banks charge for.  Not only do we have the lowest fees, we also charge for fewer services.  The public is welcome to come and breathe gratis in our branches, which by the way also stay open the longest."

Will Acid Mine Drainage be our own Fukushima?
Lead SA – stand up for your Environment:  Join Earthlife Africa e-mail us

What if he'd asked for Cottage Pie?

Julius had a problem at the restaurant.  He called the waiter over:

"Waiter, there's no chicken in this chicken pie!"

"There are no shepherds in the shepherds pie, either, sir."

The Gone Dogs  Back to top

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

"Passport to Dance" Show this Saturday  Back to top

Jenny Rahme's Dancing Academy, based at the Ullmann Park Recreation Centre, is putting on a Musical Production called "Passport to Dance".

Step on board a non-stop flight to dances around the world on Saturday 2 April 2011 at the Victory Theatre, corner of Louis Botha Avenue and Osborn Street, Orange Grove/Houghton. There are over 200 students involved and there will be various guest Studios performing as well. Jenny says it's a show NOT TO BE MISSED!!! (her caps and exclamation marks)

There will be 2 shows: 11:00 and 15:00, each about 2½ hours including interval. Tickets are R100 each and are available from Jenny 082 559 6355 or Krystal 083 710 4244.

Rumour Mill  Back to top

Rivonia Square is under new management: We hope JHI will make a difference.  The property managers say there is no truth in the rumour that the shopping centre as such is closing and that it is being made into an educational facility.  They are in the process of placing and negotiating with a number of retail tenants.  We wish them well.

Overheard At the Checkout

Mother and daughter were shopping, and the mother saw an expensive fur coat. “This year,” she said, “I think I will buy my present instead of letting you and dad shop for me.  And this fur coat would be perfect.”

“But mom," the daughter protested, "some poor, helpless creature suffered so that you can have this.”

“Don’t worry dear,” says the mother, “your father should be used to it by now.”

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