Shopping in North-Eastern Sandton
September 2011 Newsletter

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

Centre Review
New on the Block
Restaurant Review
The Gone Dogs
Civic Beat
Checking Out

Are We Donating Blood at Game, or at The Colony?

The Colony,  cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall.  Tel: 011 447-6665 / 880-4994.

Game Shopping Centre, Fourways Boulevard, Opposite Fourways Mall Phone:
011 467-0738  / 082 467-8408

Links to Other Pages:
Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in north-eastern Sandton.

Shopping Centres in Sunninghill:
The Square
Sunninghill Village
Sunhill Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre

Shopping Centres in Bryanston:
Riverside Shopping Centre
Bryanston Shopping Centre
Hobart Grove Centre

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

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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

Home of Beauty
Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in Bryanston

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

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

Riverside Shopping Centre in Bryanston Drive.

Riverside Shopping Centre is one of the original village shopping centres of Bryanston, Sandton. Located on the edge of Bryanston, on busy Bryanston Drive, corner The River Road just north of Cambridge Road, this picturesque little centre houses the essential neighbourhood shops and two ATMs, but no banks.

Riverside is picturesque for the variety of shops it contains.  How about a shop just for chocolate cakes?  A scrapbooking shop?  A shop specialising in real down pillows and duvets. A ladies' designer clothing and accessories shop so exclusive, it has a display window but no entrance!  A shop that sells anything old (except your granny). A pool shop so successful, it does not want free publicity. And scuba-diving training in a 360,000 litre heated pool.

There are also some more conventional shops: A liquor outlet, Woolworths food, a cafe, and the Riverside Fruit and Flower Emporium with a wonderful range of fresh vegetables, fruit, and flowers.  There's a Shell garage too, where you can support the fracking of the Karoo.

Upstairs, things really get interesting, not to mention esoteric, with a school of make-up, a photographic studio run by a bush war veteran, a Yoga Dojo, Karate and Martial Arts, and a Traditional Astrologer doing Holistic Healing.

Megaplex's new web page for Riverside Shopping Centre is here.


"Dad, when I'm big I wanna drive a bulldozer!"

"Son, if that's what you want, I'll never stand in your way."

Chislehurst Guest House, Rivonia

Elegant private 4 star B&B in a leafy suburb. Luxury accommodation in peaceful and secure surroundings.
Complimentary WiFi. Rooms serviced daily by our friendly staff. 1 Vickers Avenue, Rivonia. Jenny 083 271 5958

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Chasing Fireflies, Shop D07 in Hobart Grove Centre – Children’s Toy shop. Stockists of exclusive kids' toys.
  • Ink Sarang, Shop 34 in Morning Glen Mall – Printer ink and toner cartridge refills: Generic and original for all popular makes: Lexmark, HP, Samsung, Epson, Canon.
  • J’s Nails in Morning Glen Mall are now known as Kelly’s Nails & Beauty – same landline, 011 804 3134 Contact Cookie Pillay 083 200 0223.
  • New to us, anyway, is Lifestyle Fashion, Shop 5 in Woodmead Super Value Centre next to Sportsmans Warehouse – Stocking Billabong, FUBU, FILA and other well-known brands.

Double Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

(no stars) Santi's Ristaurante, The Square Shopping Centre, Naivasha Road, Sunninghill

This restaurant is situated on the mezzanine floor of the centre with a balcony looking out over the lower levels.  We had booked a non-smoking table and arrived on time.  This first noticeable thing was the smell of cigarette smoke which infused the whole place.  We asked for a table which was not affected and none was forthcoming.  On speaking to the manager, he informed us that "I only work here".  We turned around and left, instead going to...

**** JHB Grill, Rivonia Crossing 2, 3 Achter Road corner Witkoppen, Paulshof

This restaurant is large and airy.  It was very well patronised on that night as well.  Not surprising as the food was good.  We shared a calamari starter which was excellent and then had beef burgers which were enormous!  Rick had mushroom and I had Madagascar pepper sauce.  The latter could have been hotter but both burgers were good and accompanied by potato wedges and vegetables.

Their service was good and the white wine by the glass more than acceptable.  Their filter coffee was excellent.  I would recommend it, even though it is pricey as it would suit a special occasion!

Contact Details for JHB Grill: Tel 011 234-0337, 087 150-1414, e-mail;, web site.

Apartment/Garden Cottage and Room To Let in Morningside from 1 October

Fully furnished and serviced. From R3200 per month per person, all inclusive.  e-mail us or call 082 389-3482.

Whining and Dining

Julius visited a restaurant and ordered the soup of the day.  Then:
"Waiter, what's this stuff?"
"It's bean soup, sir."
"I don't care what it used to be, what is it now?"

The Gone... Back to top

  • Designer Faire in Rivonia Centre, 369 Rivonia Boulevard: Deli, light lunches, breakfasts, teas, catering. Sadly, Julia has had to close the shop to go and look after her sick mum in the UK.  We wish them both well.
  • The last "All Things Nice", in Dunwoody shopping centre, has closed after a year.  They still do catering, and can be contacted on ''.

Don't Frack Up the Karoo - avoid Shell.
Renewable Energy is People's Power – Join Earthlife Africa!

Blowing our own Trumpet    Back to top

This month we'd like to say a little about, the site that brings you this newsletter.  Most of the site is dedicated to publicising businesses (mainly shops and restaurants) in an area of Sandton stretching from Morningside in the south to Sunninghill in the north, and Woodmead in the east to the William Nicol Highway in the west.  We have, at present, 35 pages each focused on a shopping centre or precinct, and add one or two a month.

The result for you is that if you Google for, for example, "Sandton vets", comes up for Rivonia Village Veterinary Clinic.  Google for "Rivonia Indian restaurant" and you'll get our Rivonia Restaurants and Taste of India pages.  A Search for "Woodmead Value Mart" shows and so on.

Just for fun. we did a thumb-suck on how much we might be contributing to the economy of Sandton: The Megaplex site had 26,330 visitors and 32,621 page views in August.  Say that each of those visitors spent just R10 on what they were looking for.  Alternatively, say that one visitor in ten spent R100 (not difficult: That's a meal for one at many restaurants, a book at Exclusives or Bookdealers, or under a quarter of a pair of shoes or a dress).  So we might well be contributing a quarter of a million Rand to the local economy each month.

If you're in business in Sandton, or this newsletter might be a good place to advertise... more here.

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

At the Hardware Checkout

"A Police Reservist said I should fit an 'extra-long patio door bolt' so that burglars can't lift my sliding door off its rails: Do you have any?"

"Certainly sir ... here you go."

"Can I put it on myself?"

"You can, sir, but it will be better to put it on the door."

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 2898 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter!  Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.

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Newsletter Issued 29 September 2011 – Page Last Updated: 13 September 2017. – Contact us.