Shopping in Sandton – March 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

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

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

Endangered Shops

We hear a little about endangered animal species, but even less about endangered types of shops.

In this issue we carry an advertisement for yet another art and framing shop closing down.  This means that in the whole of northern Sandton, you have to travel to Morning Glen Mall to get your picture framing done or buy a painting.

Florists appear to be a gradually dying breed.  There are still several in various centres, but the only new one to open recently is Rosy Posy.

Corner greengrocers have long been replaced by supermarkets.  The only butchers that haven't disappeared are in the smaller centres: Sandton Butchery in Petervale Shopping Centre (where they are the supermarket) and Morningside Butchery in Wendywood Shopping Centre (competition: a KwikSpar), who survive by offering quality products with personal service.

On the other hand, fast food, nail bars, hair salons, and expensive ladies' clothing shops seem to be able to survive in almost every centre.

I wonder what this says about us?  We (or the ladies, anyway) are adorning ourselves, but not our homes...

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...

Julius went to the Doctor, but he wasn't happy with the diagnosis: "Doc, I want a second opinion!"

"OK, come back and see me on Tuesday."


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

  • Senza in Petervale Shopping Centre – Grill, pizzeria, cocktail bar, restaurant - opened end February 2013. Unusual Mediterranean-Japanese menu. Basement room for private functions. Likely to become a destination of choice. See review below.
  • All About Fish, Shop 3, Rivonia Corner, 362 Rivonia Boulevard, corner Eleventh Avenue (Rivonia North Shops) – fresh fish, sushi, and seafood shop, with a small restaurant section (eat in or take away).
  • The Inky Shop, Shop G04, Ground in Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – Original and alternative cartridges for inkjet, copier and laser toner machines. Opening 1 April.
  • Correction: Final Phase Hair Studio has not closed, but moved from Cambridge Crossing to Pineslopes Centre, Cnr Witkoppen and the Straight, Tel still 011 807 2612/3 (Thanks, Lesley King, for the info: We hope they give you a free styling!).
  • Hair Colonel, moving from Shop G04 to G52 in Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – Hairdressers, barber and unisex hair stylist.
  • Show on Stage - Fashion Design of China in Cambridge Crossing – another dress shop, run by Chinese who can't be bothered to learn a local language.
  • This month we put up new pages on the Megaplex site for two centres, Parkmore Mews (which seems to be thriving) and Rivonia Crossing 2 in Paulshof (over 50% empty).

Odd Jobs

There is the electrical engineer who adds a note at the end of his e-mails explaining Ohm's Law.  He says it's his "P.S. de Resistance".


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

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

***** Senza, Petervale Shopping Centre, off Cambridge Road

The new kids on the block!  Went there for coffee in the morning and suggested we return for lunch. The coffee was great and the breakfast menu looked really good.  If you like early business meetings, this could well be the place to meet.

We did go for lunch and were blown away by the service and the management!  Great wine list and  a lunch menu which just increased my desire to eat!  Such exciting combinations of herbs and other things - failed to ask for the dinner menu.

This is a really different place to eat at and their menu has star rankings for me.  We ordered Salmon fish cakes with cabbage and fennel salad plus the Senza burger with crispy chips.  The fennel was a bit shy in the cabbage salad but we were thanked for drawing attention to this.  The fish cakes were excellent and the burger simply magnificent with really crispy chips!

I can recommend the Wildekrans Chenin Blanc - hadn't come across it before but it is a really good wine.

Service is five star and their lower level can be booked for parties - there is a bar down there as well.  This is a restaurant that deserves to go far!

Contact Details for Senza.

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

ART BEAT GALLERY Closing-Down Sale!

Specials on framing and artworks from 25 March to 25 April ~ 15% Discount on all framing ~ All artworks at bargain prices.
Shop 70, near Woolworths in
Woodmead Retail Park – phone 011 656 0601, Fax 011 656 9561 e-mail

Dangerous Food

"Thank You" to the reader who gave us a large bottle of tonic to strengthen our weak jokes...

Public Interest: Object to your Joburg Rates by 3 May!  Back to top

The Joburg City General Valuation Roll is now out.   Property owners have just over a month, until 15:00 on 3 May, to object. You can check your valuation at Your rates bill for the next four years is based on this valuation, starting from 1 July 2013. 

Hate e-Tolling?  OUTA Fought for You, Now Support Them!

Visit OUTA (the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance) at and donate to fight the e-Trolls.

Civic Beat: Meet your Councillor Next Saturday

Councillor Andrew Stewart of Ward 91 invites you to visit his table on Saturday 6 April from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Grayston Shopping Centre, Grayston Drive and Helen Road.  Come and meet your City Councillors, complain about the Rates and the potholes, and join the DA.

Curry Favour with the Democratic Alliance on Friday 12 April!

Come and join DA Ward 109 to learn to cook curry on a Friday evening. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely last year. First we learn to cook Indian style, then we eat the magnificent food.  As a bonus you will get 30 recipes to take home.  The cost of the evening (excluding drinks) is R250 and the venue is Karma Restaurant, Greenside.  We have only 26 places, so early booking is essential:  Please book with Neil Whysall, e-mail or phone 083 652 2640.

Green Spot: Paper and Cardboard Collection

Recycling helps our environment by reducing the need for landfill, and in the process creates jobs for your fellow Africans. Mpact Recycling (formerly Mondi Recycling) will collect clean waste paper and flattened cardboard boxes from your gate every week, for free.  In the Morningside area the collection day is Tuesday (except for public holidays and the end-of-year break); for other areas phone 011 538 8600, or look out for the day your neighbours put out their bright orange "Ronnie Bag".  No plastic, polystyrene, waxed cartons, dirty containers, food wrappings, or tissues, please.

The Checkout:  Back to top

We went to the "Baby Shop" at Manor Pharmacy last weekend.  Sadly, they didn't seem to have any in stock.

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