Shopping in Sandton – January 2012

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

Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review
All Gone ~ The Checkout

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

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
The Bridge, Buccleuch
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

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

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
Cambridge Crossing
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

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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 Again: The Bridge Shopping Centre, Buccleuch

The Bridge is the only shopping centre in Buccleuch. It has remained unchanged for years, serving the basic needs of this community that is separated from the rest of Sandton by the M1 Motorway and Frankenwald, and itself split by the Jukskei River and the N3 highway. The Bridge was named for the nearby bridge where Buccleuch Drive crosses the Jukskei, but could now also be named for the adjacent flyover of the N3 over Buccleuch Drive!

This people-sized centre has a hardware shop, a doctor and a dentist, two restaurants (pizza and curry, best not mixed!), most ATMs (but no banks), post boxes (but no post office), Video hire, spice shop, Internet Café, two hairdressers (one of which also does some massage) at prices we have not seen for years, a launderette, a pharmacy, Real Estate agent, a substantial KwikSpar, and Spar Tops bottle store.  Upstairs there is a preschool and a Chinese Martial Arts centre that doubles as a Weigh-Less venue. And a skin clinic.  Opposite, you can fill up at the Caltex Garage.  Parking is free and there is some shade.  There is centre security, but if you fall foul of the current craze of car-remote jammers, the Buccleuch satellite Police Station is close by...

Megaplex's new web page for The Bridge Shopping Centre is here, completing our coverage of eastern Sandton.

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

Unusual Professions

"Dad, what do you do?"

"I'm an unsinger."

"What's that?"

"You've heard of someone being called an 'unsung hero'?  Well, I'm the person who unsings them."

New on the Block  Back to top

  • Builders Express in River Road right next to Riverside Shopping Centre – Opened 8 December 2011. Home and garden centre: DIY, pots and plants, braai & patio, paint, hardware, electrical, plumbing, power tools, glass, timber, key cutting. Free local delivery up to 5 km.
  • Cafe Sorrento recently opened in Mutual Mews on Rivonia Boulevard – Light meals and snacks.
  • Tight-Line Fisheries, Shop 3 in Rivonia Corner, 362 Rivonia Boulevard has become Rivonia Fisheries,  Your local fish and seafood shop. Open M-F 09:00-18:00, Sat 08:00-14:00, some Public Holidays.
  • Burgerville in Rivonia Junction – American-style burger bar: Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, milkshakes.
  • Palapa, Shop 18 in Early Dawn Mall – Thai therapeutic massage - back, head, reflexology, hot stone, Thai oil, facials, body treatments, detox. Open 09:00-20:00 7 days a week.
  • Savanna Wood Gallery, Shop 17 in Early Dawn Mall – Teak furniture.
  • Osman's Optical – Optometrist and Contact Lens Practitioner moved from lower level of  Rivonia Square to Early Dawn Mall.
  • Dr Peter Cadderton (General Medical Practitioner and  Senior Aviation Medical Examiner) and Dr Paula Smart (General Practitioner) moved from lower level of  Rivonia Square to Early Dawn Mall.
  • Foto First has moved from Rivonia Village across Rivonia Boulevard to Early Dawn Mall – Photo shop, copies. Cameras, Albums, Frames, Batteries, Bags, Memory Cards.
  • Arirang, Korean Restaurant, which closed in 90° on Rivonia in 2010, has reopened in 11th Avenue, Rivonia in Rivonia Centre, 369 Rivonia Boulevard.
  • Sby Spa in Rivonia Centre, 369 Rivonia Boulevard – Open 09:00-21:00 every day. Massage treatments R200-R400, aroma therapy, hot stone massage, thai herbal massage, reflexology, sports massage, facial massage.
  • Kamiya Sushi, Shop 7 in Rivonia Centre, 369 Rivonia Boulevard – Sushi bar. Some English spoken.
  • Chinese Northern Foods Restaurant, Shop 6 in Rivonia Centre, 369 Rivonia Boulevard – North China style. Not spik English.
  • Penthouse, Shop LG1 in Wendywood Shopping Centre has become LuvLand Adult Entertainment Store – Adult toys and games, lingerie, magazines, DVDs.

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

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

*** Ciao Baby Cucina, Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Cedar Road Fourways

The closest restaurant to the cinema where we went to see Puss in Boots.  Prices have escalated in the past year, which was surprising as they actually seem to have risen out of proportion with other restaurants in the area.  We decided to share a pescatore pizza and admired the view out across Riverbend - it is spectacular and makes the visit very worthwhile.

Service is good, but check the wine pricing as wine by the glass needs careful choosing as prices range from R30 upwards!  I chose the Graham Beck Chardonnay and Rick had Appletiser.  The pizza was somewhat lacking on seafood, but had a good crisp base.  We followed with a sorbet and tiramisu.  The latter was too much and both were very good.

Contact Details for Ciao Baby Cucina are on our new page of Restaurant Reviews for Sandton.

Funny Language, English...

Qualified Auditor: Good.  Unqualified Auditor: Bad.

Qualified Audit: Bad.  Unqualified Audit: Good.

Is it better if a qualified Auditor gives you a qualified Audit, or an unqualified Auditor gives you an unqualified Audit?

Gone, not yet Forgotten... Back to top

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

Getting Help

Julius was feeling unwell.  He went to see the doctor: "Doctor,  can you give me something for wind?"

"Of course!  Here, take this kite."

The Biggest Threat to the Internet  Back to top

Last week, 3 million people signed an on-line petition to stop America's POSA bill censoring our Internet.

Now there is an even bigger threat: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) –a global treaty– could allow corporations to censor the Internet. Negotiated in secret by a small number of rich countries and corporate powers, it would set up a shadowy new anti-counterfeiting body to allow private interests to police everything that we do online and impose massive penalties –even prison sentences– against people they say have harmed their business.

Europe is deciding right now whether to ratify ACTA: Without them, this global attack on Internet freedom will collapse. They have opposed ACTA before, but some members of Parliament are wavering –let's give them the push they need to reject the treaty. Sign this petition and help reach 500,000 signatures: EU - Save the internet.  Thanks!

It's Safer in the Mall!

It's winter in Alaska. Two Eskimos, out in their kayaks amid the ice floes, were bitterly cold.
So one made a fire, which burned through the bottom of the kayak, causing it to sink.

Moral: "You can't have your kayak and heat it."

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Newsletter Issued 27 January 2012 – Page Last Updated: 13 September 2017. – Contact us.