Shopping in Northern Sandton
November 2011 Newsletter

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

Feature ~ New ~ Restaurant
Gone ~ The Checkout

“My Suburb”
Magazine = Scam!

In this space we ran an Ad for a "glossy local magazine with 10,000 copies targeting Sandton & Randburg from December 2011, offering a free ad in the first issue" This was false.  Caution: Tuck Khumalo (011 023 5187 / 083 517 9991) "Wise Adverts" does not pay its debts!

Links to Other Pages:::
Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in Northern 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
Kelvin Village
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

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

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

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

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

Pizza Perfect / Burger Perfect - Upper Level, Morning Glen Mall

The "Perfect" place for salads, subs, pasta, pizza, burgers, chips, soft drinks. Open 10:00-21:00 every day. Free delivery of orders R60 and up within 3 km. Brandon: 011 656-0652, e-mail

Moving East: Kelvin Village

In a historic event (not much noticed by the Press), the Megaplex web site has expanded east across the M1, and we now have web pages for all the shopping centres in Kelvin, namely Kelvin Village Shopping Centre.

The centre is laid out in two wings and two levels. There is one entrance from the car park; the passage then splits into two wings. The right wing is the road more travelled, leading at the end to the anchor tenant, Pick 'n Pay's Kelvin Family Store and dry cleaners.  The left wing has the hardware store, the liquor sellers and the fast-food joints.  West meets east in Mochachos Chicken Village where you can get Mexican-themed chicken dishes –all Halaal. There are "old fashioned" take-aways at Fish and Chips.

Between the two wings, one descends the stairs or ramp to the lower level. Here are the post office, post boxes and public toilets, the launderette, a hair salon and the perhaps vainglorious Kelvin Medical Centre containing a GP and a dentist.  If you prefer mumbo-jumbo to science, the "divinely gifted" Ancient Health Care next door should suit you.  Or send a bouquet from Sandown Flowers run by Ms McRose!

As befits a neighbourhood centre, Kelvin Village has many of the usual shops: Vodacom, a Day Spa, Pizzeria (Gian Carlos), Pharmacy, and Video & Internet Café – all close to the entrance.

Deeper in (left wing), there's a cute little kitchenware shop, Kitchen Mania, run by Kala. Her husband Viz runs the Village Spice Shop almost next door, stocking Indian spices, incense and teas: Worth visiting just for the fragrances.

Finally, for those mad about cars, Zero to Hundred, on your left as you enter, does car modification, styling, and accessories. Judging by their concern that we might advertise them, they could know about things like drag racing too...

Nearby, there's the pretty Engen garage with its QuickShop, and this month's restaurant find: Cesco's – see review below.  Megaplex's web page for Kelvin Village Shopping Centre is here.

Chislehurst Guest House, Rivonia

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


"Are you going away for the holidays?"

"Yes, my new boyfriend's taking me to Haga-Haga. It's in the Transkei."

"I heard it's close to Kisi-Kisi, but if you get to Lufikifiki you've gone way too far!"

New on the Block  Back to top

  • Stars SA, Shop L09 in Morningside Shopping Centre – Exclusive Ladies' clothes by owner-designer. Opened Sat 12 November 2011.
  • BECCA, Shop U16 in Morningside Shopping Centre – Cosmetics, make-overs, bridal and special events make-up for ladies, and men who are that way inclined. "A natural, flawless look".
  • Body Action, Shop U33 in Morningside Shopping Centre – casual everyday unisex clothing modelled on sports gear.
  • Scarab, Shop U23 in Morningside Shopping Centre – Jewellery Design Studio, opened March 2011. Rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets. Diamonds, beryl, topaz, garnet, tourmaline, quartz, jade, peridot, tanzanite, hematite, feldspar, iolite.
  • Nick Berman Properties in Morningside Shopping Centre – Property for sale or rent. Up the passage right of Bamboo Rock.
  • New to us, anyway: Solomons Cycles, Shop in Woodmead Commercial Park – Large array of bicycles, frames, wheels, tubes, cycling gear and accessories.
  • Newly listed, though not new, Elaine Bowen Properties near Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – rentals, property and complex management: Personalised, professional and honest service.

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

**** Cesco's Portuguese Restaurant & Pub (Kelvin), 18 Southway just south of Kelvin Village Shopping Centre, 19 November 2011

A very different restaurant and one that was booked out on the night, although we did wonder where the patrons for the area below us were, as this remained empty the whole time we sat and ate in the non-smoking bar!  The car park in huge, but needs to be much larger as, when we left, the road was also full of parked cars.  This certainly points to Cesco's popularity and we are interested in joining the Science Fiction group (who had their annual dinner) in the future.

The first thing that struck us was that they had possibly too few waiters to cope with the patrons. The second thing was that the waiters were cool under pressure. They only had Appletizer and red Grapetizer in plastic bottles; this was of concern since these ones are enhanced with preservatives, which destroys the flavour and purity of the drink.  Fortunately, white Grapetizer was still available preservative-free in glass.  The Tall Horse Sauvignon Blanc was a great find – too few restaurants stock this really good, affordable range of wines!

On the food front, we started with Chicken livers and squid heads, accompanied by a chilli sauce on the side.  A bit too much parsley in chilli made it difficult to locate the chillies but once found they were suitably strong!  For our main course we had the bar menu's liver and onions and  the Prego roll.  Both were good and I made an satisfying end to the chillies with the Prego!

Service was good and the evening was very enjoyable.  The other parties in the restaurant seem to be enjoying themselves too –definitely a place for corporate events and parties!

Contact Details for Cesco's Portuguese Restaurant & Pub.

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

At the COP17 Restaurant

A koala bear goes into the endangered species restaurant and orders some eucalyptus leaves. He eats them and asks for the bill. The waiter brings it and, making friendly conversation, says "you know, we don't get many koalas here." The koala looks at the bill and says, "at these prices, I'm not surprised!"

Gone, not yet Forgotten... Back to top

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

Checking Out: The Bleeding Edge Back to top

We are coming up to Holiday Season.  Many of us are going away.  Some won't return.  Accidents don't just happen to other people!  If you had a crash and needed a blood transfusion, would there be blood?  There's no guarantee, of course, but you can do a bit to help your survival and that of your family, by donating blood before you go away.

It takes under an hour, and hurts a bit: Be brave, it builds character!  You leave with a gift if you donated four or more times in the year, and suffused with the warm glow that comes of having done something valuable for your community.

The Blood Transfusion Service (SANBS) has clinics at The Colony, Jan Smuts Avenue, and Game Shopping Centre, Fourways. They open on weekdays for approximately office hours, and Saturday mornings.  See the advert on the left for contact details.

[Judith's comment - I am on Warfarin and  so unhappy that I can no longer contribute!]

Getting the Last Laugh

Who would have thought?  Even his detractors, who have always found him unappealing, have to admit that at the moment Julius Malema is appealing.

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