Shopping in Sandton – November 2012

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review
Closed ~ The Checkout

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Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in Sandton.

Shopping Centres in and near Bryanston:
Nicolway Shopping Centre
Coachman's Crossing
Grosvenor Crossing
Hobart Grove Centre
Bryanston Shopping Centre
Riverside Shopping Centre
Hurlingham Pick 'n Pay Centre
Bryanpark Shopping Centre

Every Business Needs a ‘Breakaway’ Day!

And Chislehurst, is the heart of Rivonia, is just the place.

An elegant, private guest house in a tranquil setting close to the vibrant hub of the village centre, we offer a 10-seater boardroom, covered patio for coffee breaks, and a lovely large thatched lapa with dining table and bar for relaxed lunches. We can provide whatever catering you require, from cupcakes to caviar! Hire of our venue for a full day is R1 000, catering is quoted to you separately, and we will undertake to hire in any equipment you require at the best possible cost.

Jenny 083 271 5958

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

Home of Beauty
Bryanston Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea

Experienced therapist specialising in Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in a quiet and cosy space. Also Facials, Pedicure, manicure, slimming, and chakra balance.

Ladies Only!
Call Rita 082-210-0606

Shopping Centres in the Woodmead area:
Wendywood Centre
Woodmead Value Mart
Woodmead SuperValue Centre
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Dunwoody Centre
Kelvin Village
The Bridge, Buccleuch
Other Shops in Woodmead

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

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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,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop

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. Johnny: 011 656-0652, e-mail

Joburg City Open Day this Saturday

On Saturday 24 November the third City of Joburg "Open Day" will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 10:00-15:00. A whole raft of City officials will be there to help you with any issues you have. For those with billing problems, this is your chance to interact with a billing official who could possibly solve your problem there and then. Bring your account number and supporting documents and get it sorted out!

Although it is technically for Region E (Sandton, Alexandra, Houghton, etc), anyone from anywhere in the city can go along.

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at Dads&Lads Barber Shop on the LOWER LEVEL for Dads and Lads Hair cuts from Monday to Friday. Come together and receive 15% discount. on your haircuts!  No Appointment Required!  Open 7 days a week in Sunninghill Village Basement. Call Fay 011 803-5015.

What If...

Sandton Convention Centre on the Joburg City Open Day at a quarter to ten, and the queue of disgruntled overcharged Ratepayers stretches all around the foyer.  Some have been there since four a.m. and tempers are frayed.  A spindly little fellow with a file boldly walks to the head of the queue.  There is a brief altercation and he finds himself dumped at the back of the queue.  Undeterred, he gets up and heads to the front again.  This time the altercation is louder and more protracted, and he finds himself dumped at the back again.  Dishevelled and without his glasses, he gets up again and, rather more hesitantly, heads to the front, muttering "I have a good mind not to open the hall for open day..."

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New on the Block  Back to top

  • Nedbank has moved from The Wedge to Morning Glen Mall on the Upper Level off the central circle.
  • The Deli store, Kosher butchery and delicatessen, now open in Morning Glen Mall, Upper Level opposite Woolies.
  • RoomFive Function Venue (Suite 5), 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Private Event/Function/banqueting/cocktail Venue for Corporate clients, private clients and Weddings from 80 to 800.
  • Piza e Vino Restaurant may well open in late November in The Wedge, Morningside where Piacheri used to be.
  • Rosy Posy, opening soon in Rivonia Village where Blagodats was, left of CNA – Florist: Flowers & Gifts.
  • What looks like a new Pizzeria is being built in Petervale Centre, next to Sandton Butchery.
  • It is rumoured that a Checkers Hypermarket is coming to Rivonia Village, where Clicks is.

Odd Jobs

A seventeen-year-old underground worker is a minor miner.

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Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

* Le Bistro et L'Annexe aux Petit Cochon, Codfather Village of Restaurants, First Avenue Rivonia

What a disappointment!  The smoking section is not closed off from the non-smoking section in violation of SA laws and French courtesy.  In a good French restaurant, smoking is NOT allowed as it is understood to spoil the appreciation of the food.

We ordered hot chocolate and Tokara Sauvignon Blanche for drinks plus chicken livers as a starter which we share.  However, big mistake: I also ordered the Calamari in lemon butter sauce (another starter) as my main course.  Net result, both starters arrived together and the latter was sent back.  The main Osso Bucco arrived next with the revamped calamari.  The Osso Bucco was mediocre and the calamari was incredibly salty.  The latter was sent back and a new one produced, eventually.  This did not meet any standard.

If you are a smoker, this is for you.  If you want good food, avoid this venue.

Contact Details for Le Bistro at Petit Cochon.


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Gone... Back to top

  • Gemini Jane, Ground floor in Rivonia Village – Ladies Clothes: Dresses, Skirts, Pants, Shoes and Accessories.

Dangerous Food

Julius decided look for some relief from his legal woes, so he went to a seafood disco.

Unfortunately he pulled a mussel.

Public Interest: Nail Fungus  Back to top

A lady wrote to this newsletter: "I was a regular client of a certain nail salon until August this year but due to negligence on their part, my nails became infected with a nail fungus. When I approached them to ask that they pay for my treatment which is an oral prescription which has to be taken for the next 6 months, they refused to take responsibility. I have emailed the owner several times but she just ignores me. I've supported them and spent lots of money at their salon over time and the treatment I'm now receiving is shocking.  I consulted a doctor who confirmed it was onychomycosis, an infectious nail fungus.  I would like to warn other women who regularly have their nails done. It's a horrible thing to contract a fungus and I'm now having to pay R12 000 for a course of treatment for 6 months for my daughter and me (she contracted it from me). They are not prepared to cover the costs."

We sent this to the salon in question, who phoned us back and and also gave a response in writing, part of which reads "ALL metal tools live in Barbicide solution throughout the day. - Every client is sprayed with Barbicide Hand Sanitizer - All foot files are washed with hot water and antibacterial wash, then sprayed with Barbicide. - All files are sprayed periodically throughout the day with Barbicide spray and brushed down."  The customer disputes this, saying "I definitely witnessed people being seated immediately after clients leaving and the same [unsterilized] tools being used on them".

The difficulty lies in proving that the infection came from the salon, so all we can do is to issue a general warning: Check that your nail salon is meticulous in disinfecting its instruments, and don't share your nail file!

We did Google searches for various keyword combinations around the problem.  "Nail fungus complaint" showed up just three complaints this year (all on "Hello Peter"), and no other complaints about this salon.

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The Checkout: eTolls Update  Back to top

The conclusion of the third and final eToll public information session on eToll tariffs and exemptions, hosted by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) and Department of Transport (DoT) in Sunninghill on Thursday 15 November, delivered a clear and unambiguous rejection by the public of eTolls, according to OUTA and your correspondent.

Nevertheless the government seems intent on forcing it through.  Have your say by e-mailing Mr T. H. M. Mphahlele at The Department of Transport: by 25th November 2012.  Alternatively you can phone 012 309 3481 or fax 012 309 3134.  OUTA's response is here.

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