Shopping in Sandton – February 2013

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review ~ Gone
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 Northern Sandton.

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

Do you need a new venue for your book club, coffee morning, ladies lunches?

Chislehurst is situated in a quiet, leafy suburb of Rivonia, and the tranquil outdoor setting under the lovely thatched lapa provides exactly what you need for a private, fun occasion.

We offer whatever catering you require, from cupcakes to caviar! The venue cost varies according to time required, but you can guarantee it won’t break the bank. We are very flexible and will work around your requirements.

Jenny 083 271 5958

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

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

Convenient Conference Café:
From a one-hour business meeting for 5, to a week-long indaba for 42 with all audio-visual aids, coffee and food.
5 Dunwoody Shopping Centre, 147 Western Service Road, Woodmead.

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
Benmore Gardens
Shops in the Morningside Area

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

Sharmini Brookes is Back

Our star social reviewer returns with a bang!  In an attempt to instil some culture into us plebs, she has given us reviews of Rodriguez Live, the play "Santa's Story", and the films Argo, Lincoln, The Hobbit (an Unexpected Journey), The Life of Pi, Searching for Sugarman, and Lesley Miserables (known to his friends as "Les Mis"), all now on our Book, Theatre, and Movie Reviews page.  Her review of the Red Bus Tour should be up next week.  There's also her Restaurant Review of Ciao Baby Cucina (Cedar Square).  For more culture, see below.

Get Your Billing Queries Sorted Out

The City of Johannesburg’s Revenue Shared Services Centre launched a 30-day campaign in Region B in January in an attempt to attend to revenue related queries in that area, and claim success and a happy customer.  The campaign has now moved to Region E until 8 March, where the "team of experts" will be providing a "personalized service to customer".  If you have a billing query on a property in Region E, you are invited to visit the Sandton Customer Service Centre at 24 Fredman Drive.  Region E consists of Sandton and Alexandra, Johannesburg as far south as Melrose and Orange Grove, and Bryanston and Extensions in the west (full list of suburbs here).  For more civic information, see below.

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.

New on the Block  Back to top

  • The Rivonia Village Market now runs on the first and last Friday of the month, at Rivonia Village Shopping Centre.
  • Senza, Ground in Petervale Shopping Centre – Grill, pizzeria, cocktail bar, restaurant - probably opening February 2013.
  • Polly Potters Toy Store, Shop 62, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall – opened 1 Feb 2013. A quality range of toys and gifts for babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Hindustan Hair, Shop 14A, Upper Level in The Wedge, Morningside – Natural Indian Human Hair, Keratin extensions, Brazilian weaves, lace extensions, machine permed hair.
  • Treasures 4U, Shop 63-64, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall – German goods; vil open 15 March 2013.
  • Delhi Palace, near Nandos in Cambridge Crossing – North Indian Tandoori Restaurant and take-away. Catering. All curries served with rice, all meals freshly prepared.
  • Tandoori Oven Restaurant & Takeaway has moved from Bryanpark Shopping Centre to Savannah Sands Clubhouse, 31 Galloway Road, Douglasdale – North Indian cuisine: Samoosa, Tandoori, breyani, curry, chicken, lamb, seafood, vegetable, salads. Licensed & Halaal.
  • Boutique Bellagio, Shop 45, Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Ladies' fashion: "Clothing of choice".
  • The Bubble Shop, Shop 25, Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Bathroom Accessories.
  • Voila!, Ground in Riverside Shopping Centre – "Previously-loved" clothing. Dry cleaning of wedding dresses.
  • Riverside Wellness Centre, Ground in Riverside Shopping Centre – Infrared treatments, chi treatments, vacuflex reflexology, dermascan.
  • Exhale, Shop 03, Ground in Riverside Shopping Centre – Beauty Salon: Facial and body.
  • Gian Carlos Pizzeria, U10 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre has become Pizza Del Forno –original wood-burning oven. Pizza, pasta,  salads, foccacia, oven-roasted chicken, soft drinks. They deliver.

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

Shop D9, Hobart Grove Centre, Bryanston. 011 7075268

Odd Jobs

Diplomat: Someone who is sent abroad to lie for his country.

Pool Cleaner Review Back to top

**** Bull Shark by Kreepy Krauly

In case you are tired of restaurants, now for something completely different.  Our discontinued HTH Turbo XP finally broke the last of the spare diaphragms (the "engine") that HTH had kindly given us about three years ago (probably the last ones in the universe), and they can't be repaired, so it was time for a new pool cleaner.  One that does not use a diaphragm!  The predecessor to the XP, a basic Kreepy Krauly, had clop-clopped around our 50,000 litre pool with little trouble for many years (except for getting stuck and wearing out its hoses) so I was predisposed to another Kreepy.  Apart from the original model, there is now a bewildering variety of pool cleaners from Kreepy Krauly, many of them very similar: The Bull Shark, Sand Shark, Tiger Shark, Pool Shark, SwimVac, Hug Bug and Super Sweepy.  Why anyone would want a shark in their pool beats me, but let's not be put off by the idiots in Marketing.  There are also many other, similar, cleaners from other manufacturers.

After price and feature comparisons on a number of models, I settled on the one with the fewest parts (one moving) and the longest guarantee, a Bull Shark on "special" from Makro at R999 (now R1200).  To my delight it came with free pool aids: A pool thermometer, a net, a brush, and a weighted sucker attachment.  Technology has moved on a bit: This device comes with a detailed User Manual on CD, a hose protector (that doesn't fit), and a flow gauge that allows you to adjust the regulator valve for the correct level of flow.  I found the former and the latter impressive.  Less so, the (lack of) support from Kreepy Krauly, who have yet to respond to my 29 January on-line query about the hose protector and the odd 45° angle of the elbow.  Then there's Makro, who advertised a 5-year warranty on their web site, as opposed to 4 years on the machine and 3 years on the hose according to the documentation, and now appear to be avoiding me.

The cleaner itself?  It works beautifully.  It is virtually silent, unlike our previous two.  With an extra hose added, it cleans the entire pool.  Once I adjusted the jet to push the hose out of the shallow side, it does not get stuck on the step (unlike previous ones).  It has yet to be tested on really big leaves, but it seems to cope with most leaves and twigs.  The flow gauge was very useful. The hoses seem to be a better quality plastic, and blend in better with the water.  The machine looks well designed and not as garish as some. All-in-all, a big thumbs-up to the Bull Shark –and it hasn't bitten me yet, either!

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

Funny Language, English...

Heard about the social network for lisping theists (or should that be lithping theithts)?
It's called "Faithbook".


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.

Dangerous Food

Julius has been eating a lot of yoghurt recently.

His friends told him he needed more culture.

To Let: Large Cottage / Garden Flat / Home-Office in Morningside

Fully furnished and serviced.  Available 2 April. R7000 per month for one person, R8000 for two.  e-mail us or call 082 389-3482/1.

Gone, all Gone... Back to top

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

Civic Beat  Back to top

Meet your City Councillor, raise issues of concern to you, and get contact details for Municipal entities:  Vincent Earp, DA Councillor for Ward 103 (parts of Morningside, Sandown, Rivonia and Bryanston), will be at Morning Glen Mall on the Lower Level East outside Wimpy, Bookdealers and Pandora from 10:00 to 12:00 this Saturday, 23 February.  Pop in, say hello, and renew your membership.  Ward 109 is planning one for Wendywood Spar the first Saturday in March.

Curry Evening: Learn to cook Indian food, and eat what you cook. This is a DA Ward 109 fund-raising event tentatively scheduled for Friday 12 April. Only 20 people can participate, at R250/head: Contact Neil 083 652 2640 or Rick 082 389 3482, or e-mail

Property Valuations: DA Councillor Tim Truluck (Ward 117) writes: "Every 4 years, the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has to prepare and publish a new valuation roll for all of its residential, commercial and institutional properties. Property owners have until  15:00 on 3 May 2013 to check their new valuation and object if they feel the value is incorrect. This is important as your rates bill is worked out according to this valuation and the increase will start from 1 July 2013.

"Interesting info on the Roll:
• The valuation date for all properties is 2 JULY 2012;
• There are over 800 000 properties in Joburg on the Roll;
• The average across the board increase is 15% for the City;
• The values are based on a willing buyer - willing seller basis;
• The information is public knowledge and anybody can access everybody else's valuation.

"Some of you have already received a letter from the City notifying you of your new property valuation. For those who haven't or if you wish to object, then there are 2 ways to access the information on the Roll:
(a) Visit a customer care centre and physically inspect the Valuation Roll.  Our nearest are Randburg Civic Centre, Bram Fischer & Jan Smuts Aves, Randburg; and Sandton Library, Nelson Mandela Square (off West St), Sandton.
(b) Access it via the Internet at and follow instructions. You will be asked for your erf/stand # and suburb, or street address.
If you are unhappy with the valuation, you can print out the objection form right away. Fill it in, attach supporting documents, and hand it into the nearest customer care centre. If you miss the 3 May 2013 deadline then you will be stuck with that value for the next 4 years!

Checking Out....

I went to Woolworths to buy some "Invisible Socks" I had seen advertised, but I couldn't see any there.

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