Shopping in Sandton – January 2013

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review
Closed ~ The Checkout

5 Main Road, Bryanston
Tel: 073 230 6531

Woodmead Commercial Park
Waterval Cres., Woodmead
Tel: 083 923 2306

Links to Other Pages:
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 Village Shops
Rivonia Oriental City
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
Sandton Court
Shops in the Morningside Area

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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

Be a Modern Hero
– Donate Blood!

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

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

Bryanston Shopping Centre is Back!

The revamp is finished at Bryanston Shopping Centre (corner of William Nicol and Ballyclare Drives). The tower now looks like something that belongs on the Mars Rover or in the Square Kilometre Array, but otherwise the revamp has done wonders for the centre.  It is now light and airy, clean and bright.  Fountain Court (the large main courtyard) is weatherproof.  A few shops did not survive the ordeal (see "gone" below), but the majority appear to be hanging in there.

The Organic Market is back too, and will be held on 27 January and 28 February from 09:00 to 14 00 in the Fountain Court.  Some 23 vendors are participating in the January Organic Market, with wares ranging from fruit, vegetables and organic olive oil to wire & bead work, home-produced perfumes to Eastern artefacts, pearls to Himalayan lamps!

Hot and Sweaty?  It is the "Summer Bizz Super Special"

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.

Funny Language, English...

The JSE Gold Index measures the price of gold; the Platinum Index measures the price of platinum.

Why does no-one believe me when I tell them that the Overall Index measures the price of overalls?


High-end fashion jewellery. Silver, pearls and gemstones for all occasions.

Shop D9, Hobart Grove Centre, Bryanston. 011 7075268

New on the Block  Back to top

  • J's Café, Lower Level in The Square Sunninghill have re-launched under a new name, with new menu and new look as Ritual Café – Light meals, contemporary ambience: Food such as ricotta hotcakes, sweetcorn fritters and Buns in the Oven. Local premium beers like Darling, @Union & Jack Black.
  • Emara Life in Rivonia Area, 15 Wessels Road (Rivonia Post Boxes Building, Entrance in Ninth Ave): Health, wellness and education services: Fitness, pole dancing, Physiotherapy, Biokinetics, Martial Arts, Kids lessons and fitness.
  • Top Cash in Sandton Court – Instant Cash Loans, pawn valuables, sell to them, or buy. Buys 9ct & 18ct gold items, diamonds and Kruger Rands.
  • Bag Town, Lower Level in Rivonia Oriental City – All kinds of bags, handbags, travel luggage.

Odd Jobs

Then there was the pharmacist who advertised that he "dispensed with accuracy".


This advert has been removed due to non-payment by the advertiser.

Double Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

***** Casa da Galina, The Codfather Group of Restaurants, 1st Ave corner Rivonia Road

A late night meal after a presentation and discussion at Wits seemed in order as the snacks were very salty there.  Casa Galina is a restaurant in the Codfather group and has a Portuguese flavour.  The service is excellent and waiters have a real sense of humour!  The non-smoking area was nearly deserted and the electricity went on and off initially.  Then the lights came on for the rest of the evening - Eskom or a kitchen fault?  Who's complaining.

We ordered hot chocolate and Spier Savignon Blanc, plus a Prego roll and clams.  Sadly no clams and none were available at Food Lovers that day either.  Changed the order to Lullas Calamari.  Gloria, our waitress, organised everything perfectly.  The Prego was excellent, the calamari superb.  Her hearty laugh at our jokes made the evening great and the wine was excellent

Contact Details for Casa da Galinha.

*** Taste of India, Early Dawn Mall, Rivonia Boulevard & 9th Ave

You might think we love curry - only too true because I do!  Standard hot chocolate and a good dry white wine accompanied by their samoosas - vegetable this time - set the evening up for relaxation.  We decided to share a Lamb Korma and a Garlic Nan.  There was a slight mess-up here - the Nan never arrived and was duly credited back.

However the Lamb Korma was wonderful.  Service needs jacking up a bit.  We can really recommend the food.

Contact Details for Taste of India.

J.R. of Morningside Manor writes:

I totally agree with the review in December on the new Piza e Vino at the Wedge. The pizzas my husband and I had were shocking. The bases were soggy and on the one the topping was so scant and to make up for the lack of topping the pizza was then smothered in a cream sauce from a "squeeze" bottle. Non edible and no one was interested in our concern.

The well-known blind physiotherapist Leigh J. Grundlingh from Warmbaths now offers his services in Rivonia: Massage therapy; acupuncture; Reflexology stress relief; “hands-on”. WE CARE!  Call: 011 234 8827 or 082 646 1680.

Leigh’s wife, Ronell, is also blind, and offers Massage therapy (full and half), Aroma therapy (full and half), hand and foot massage; Indian head massage; hot stone therapy, sports massage.  Call: 011 234 8827 or 079 396 5217.

Gone... Back to top

  • Avastar Night Club, Restaurant, Café, & Sports Bar in Rivonia Area – Closed, not before time, many residents would say.
  • Animania, Shop 1, Lower Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Vet shop for all dog and cat products.
  • KJ’s Ladies' Classic Casuals, Lower Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Ladies' Fashion & Accessories.

Dangerous Food

Julius nearly drowned in his breakfast muesli the other morning.

It seems a strong currant pulled him in.

Public Interest: Claim for Your Pothole Damage!  Back to top

Cllr. Vincent Earp (Ward 103) writes:

"Dear Residents, Johannesburg City is insured against its liability for damage caused to motor vehicles by potholes. Over the past 12 months, as our roads have continued their general decline, I have received an increasing number of queries regarding claims against the City for damages caused to residents' property.  Residents wishing to claim for damage caused by potholes should send their claims to Bonolo Ramohlala, e-mail: or Tel: 011 298 5148.  Residents should also report potholes to or 0860 563 874."

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Civic Beat: Joburg City 2013 Rates Policy Meeting this Saturday

On Saturday 26 January 2013 from 10:00-12:00, the City of Joburg will hold hold a public meeting to review the Property Rates Policy, at the Marlboro Gardens Recreation Centre, 52 Zinnia Drive cor. Pansy Crescent, Marlboro Gardens (GPS -26.09249,28.09731).  If you are a ratepayer and unhappy about current Rates policy, why not go along and make your voice heard?  Although it is technically for Region E (Sandton, Alexandra, Houghton, etc), anyone from anywhere in the city can go along.  Other meetings are listed here on the Joburg City website.

At exactly the same time, the Democratic Alliance will be holding a table at Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre.  Come and join the DA, meet your City Councillors, and complain about the Rates and the potholes.

The Checkout:  Back to top

A serious appeal this time: The Animal Anti-Cruelty League in Regents Park Johannesburg (Phone 011 435 0672) is looking for a home for two retired Metro Police Dogs -  Prince and Puna.  Puna is a 6-year-old male German Shepherd, black & tan in colour, a bit skittish.  Prince is a 10-year-old male Labrador, beige in colour, who likes to dig.

Description: "We are retired Johannesburg Metro Police Dogs. We have served the city proudly and kept it safe for years. We have been entrusted to the AACL as we know they will do their best to find us our retirement homes. We may be a little hard of hearing and short of sight but our training and discipline (although we like to play the fool sometimes) will have us walking perfectly on lead when accompanying you on your morning and afternoon stroll. All we want is a soft bed, gentle voice and a spot in the sun. Please adopt us."

The Editor thinks it is ungrateful of Joburg Metro Police not to provide for the retirement of their Service Dogs, but instead to give them to the AACL who will put them down eventually if no homes are found.  If you have a good home and R600, you can help (Metro Police didn't neuter these dogs, so you'd pay for that, and they don't provide pet medical cover, so you'll have all future vet's bills too).

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