Shopping in Sandton – September 2013

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Address: Wendywood Sports Recreation Centre, Darwin Street, corner Fleming Street.

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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

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 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



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Chantie 082 330-6160

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

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. Nick: 011 656-0652, e-mail

Shopping Centre News

We have added another Bryanston shopping centre to the Megaplex site: the "Naturally Yours" Wellness Centre at 453 Main Road, corner Culross Road, Bryanston. The centre has a focus on what they call "natural health" and has practitioners ranging from mainstream medical professionals through pseudoscience, like Homeopathy and Iridology, to the absurd (dowsing, anybody?). An old riddle: What do they call Natural Medicine that works? Answer: "Medicine".  Still, it is said that Acupuncture is a jab well done. The major tenant –indeed the reason the centre exists– is Weleda Pharmacy, which will give you both real and quack medicines to your heart's content.  There are also a hairdresser and two restaurants.  One of the restaurants is Chez Girard, which was our favourite in its wanderings from the Falstaff Hotel to the Garden Court Morningside to West Road South, and now to "Naturally Yours".

There have been big changes in little Rivonia Junction, the shopping centre at the southern end of the Rivonia shopping strip, corner of Rivonia Road and Mutual Road (the road that joins 7th and 8th Avenues), entrance in Rivonia Boulevard.  The 24-hour Seven-11 supermarket has gone, perhaps a victim of the Spar at 90 Degrees moving to 24x7 operation.  It has been replaced by Vasili's Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant, moved from The Wedge, Morningside, last month, and which we review below. The Burgerville hamburger bar has gone, replaced by an expansion of Saigon Vietnamese restaurant upstairs, which has now branched out into massage as "Saigon Massage" too. Drawing on this resource, the restaurant now offers a shoulder and neck massage along with your sundowners on the terrace.  A "Jimmy's Killer Fish and Chips" (Halaal, but Killer prawns too!) adds to what is now overwhelmingly a restaurant complex.

Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre hosts an Oyster and Bubbly festival in the exhibition courts, 16-20 October. Traders will exhibit and sell products of champagne, oysters, and cheeses.

Summer is here! Feeling over-loaded with hair? Let us spruce you up with a clean cut, Tea Tree Head massage or a colour to hide those grey hairs! Visit us any time from Monday to Sunday: 7 days a week! Dads&Lads special from Monday to Fridays only, with a 15% discount when you come together! Lower Level in Sunninghill Village, Sunninghill. Call Fay 011 803 5015 for more info.

Funny Language, English...

Painting: When you paint a room, you apply paint to the walls and ceiling.

If you paint an elephant, you are well advised to put the paint on canvas instead.


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

  • Star Dog School, near Sunninghill Village – Puppy socialising and dog obedience classes. Reward based training for all breeds.
  • Dr Petro van der Merwe, General Practitioner, formerly t/a Bryanpark Doctors Rooms, has moved from Bryanpark Shopping Centre to 17 Logan Ave, corner Moray Drive, Bryanston – Still the Caring Family Practice around the corner from Bryanpark.
  • Northern Mirror and Glass Works moved from Bryanpark Shopping Centre to 248 Pritchard St, Johannesburg North, Just off Witkoppen Rd. General glass merchants, mirrors, frames.
  • Haum of Yoga, Shop C01 on Hobart Road in Hobart Grove Centre – A place of yogic learning and community where you can tone and strengthen your body, mind and emotions.
  • Junipa's Cake Studio, Shop C03 on Hobart Road in Hobart Grove Centre – Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, novelty cakes, etc. High Tea on the terrace.
  • House of Judaica, Shop 34A, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – Jewish books and gifts. Closed on Saturdays.
  • Saigon Massage, Ground in Rivonia Junction – Traditional Vietnamese massage, body massage, foot massage, hot stone massage, herbal massage, sauna. Specials around R300.
  • Jimmy's Killer Fish and Chips, Ground in Rivonia Junction – the restaurant's Halaal, but does prawns too. Go figure.

"We had a great time at Chislehurst for our Baby Shower - we were spoilt for fun and good food", said Lolo Bingwa. 20 ladies arrived laden with gifts for the mum-to-be, Lolo's sister. After a delicious brunch, champagne and cake accompanied toasts and lots of laughter. Choose Chislehurst for your next event, under the lapa and around the pool. Book clubs, kitchen teas, boardroom lunches and birthday celebrations, we can assure you of a good time in a secure, private, pretty and peaceful environment. Jenny on 011 803 1351 / 083 271 5958

Odd Jobs

Have you noticed?  Doctors are much more wary about sitting on stools than the rest of us are.


Winnie's – where Great Food, Soul and Jazz meet

Experience it yourself: You won't regret it!  For bookings please phone 011 656 3059, e-mail or visit Wendywood Shopping Centre, 1 Daphne St, Wendywood.

Restaurant Reviews by Judith Back to top

* A Strange Experience - Vasili's at Rivonia Junction, Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road

The volatile Vasili and his restaurant have moved from the Morningside Wedge to Rivonia Junction.  We visited on Saturday and found the squid heads good, however I perhaps foolishly decided to go back on Sunday.  The restaurant comes over as far more relaxed and Greek than at the Wedge.  The waiters are great and enthusiastic.  I ordered Lamb Schawarma.  Well they don't do Schawarma –no pita! Instead a wrap and, I suspect, fresh fried with LOTS of salt lamb.  Sent it back and had (you guessed) beautiful squid heads with thyme and lemon.

Then I got too confident and ordered Galaktoboureko and coffee.  It is the first time I have EVER had a salty dessert!  It was totally disastrous and any true Greek confectioner should be hunting down the person who has destroyed one of the most exquisite Greek desserts.

The coffee was wonderful, as was the service.  Pity about the food.

Contact Details for Vasili's Restaurant.

*** Pane e Vino at Morningside Wedge, Rivonia Road opposite Alon Road

We are not opposed to second tries, so we revisited here to check out another reviewer's experience.  Service is way better and the pizzas have also improved - still (in my humble opinion) way below Polpetta, who are hard to beat.  It is good to report on improvements!

Contact Details for Piza e Vino.


Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

The Bridge Shopping Centre, Gibson Drive, Buccleuch: 011 656-1090 Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm

Gone to Meet Their Maker... Back to top

Do you want a dog you can take with you anywhere?

Puppy socialising and dog obedience classes. Reward based training. Dog Training is an important part of any dog's life and improves character, confidence and stability. Sidereal Dog Training offers training to meet a variety of needs. Instructor is Superpup certified. All breeds welcome. Karen 082 472 4900.

Popular Wisdom

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Public Interest:   Back to top

Friday 27 Sept was World Rabies Day.  Did you remember to bite someone?  It's not too late...

October is Mulberry Month!  Come walking with us along the Sandspruit and return with a red mouth!  More details here.

Frustrated with what passes for driving in South Africa? Get your own back in a small way by reporting road hogs and other bad driving at

The SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind will have a stand at Hobby-X: 3-6 October at Gallagher Estate, Midrand.

2013 South African Humanist Conference: Sponsored by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the Free Society Institute (a body representing Humanist Activism in South Africa) has organised an awesome conference in Joburg for Sunday 1 December –you'll find plenty of stimulating ideas, and like-minded people, at the 2013 FSI Conference, "Thinking Things Through".  Speakers: Cecilia Haak (Square Kilometre Array), David Spurrett (UKZN), Eusebius McKaiser (PowerFM 98.7), Sarah Wild (Mail & Guardian), Gareth Cliff (5FM), and Jacques Rousseau (FSI).  Panel discussion host: Barry Bateman (702 Eyewitness News).

Overheard at the Checkout:  Back to top

"Excuse me, veh do you keep ze pepper?"
"What sort, Sir? Black pepper, cayenne pepper, chilli pepper..."
"None off dem; I vant writing pepper!"

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