Shopping in Sandton – October 2013

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

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

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 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 SuperValue Centre
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Dunwoody Centre
Kelvin Village
The Bridge, Buccleuch
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead


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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



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Chantie 082 330-6160

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

Ullmann Park Update

On Thursday 17 October concerned residents attended a meeting at Ernest Ullmann Park to consider the future of the Park and its Recreation Centre. The City of Johannesburg has a Draft plan to privatise the Norscot Manor Recreation Centre.  The report mentions various other parks including Ernest Ullmann Park in Wendywood and Morningside Manor.  Our "world class" city has no money for the maintenance of parks in well-to-do areas, and leaves everything to the residents.  There is now concern that, not content with spending nothing on the parks, the City wants them to generate income too, and will consequently lease or even sell off parks.  There was much discussion and several appeals to the community to be proactive before the City springs something on us.  Finally it was decided to put together a committee to make proposals for the future of the Park.  To join or contribute to the committee, e-mail Jenny Rahme or Syd Land.  Read the Sandton Chronicle report here.

Elections are coming!  Are you sure you are registered where you live?  If not, see below for what to do.

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Odd Jobs

Did you hear about the Irish tap-dancer?

The unfortunate fellow slipped and broke his leg in the sink.

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

  • Mash Braai House, Main Block in Sloane Square Bryanston – Grill, steakhouse. The menu theme is braai-style.
  • Little Kickers Sandton in Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre – Football training for children from 18 months to 8th birthday. Football is a fun forum to instil extra confidence, co-ordination, control and sense of camaraderie, which will stand them in good stead for the future.
  • Sandwich Baron, Upper Level in The Square Sunninghill – re-opening in Sunninghill on 1st November 2013. Sandwiches on white, brown or health bread, French bread (22cm) & Footlongs (35cm). Breakfast roll, pita, Tramezzini, salads, baked potatoes. Free delivery in the area.
  • DIY Depot, Shop U05, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – industrial, hardware, electrical, tools, measurement equipment, soldering equipment, paint, wheelbarrows, keys cut, pool requirements, DIY, tools, much more.
  • Shaadionline (temporary shop), Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Indian wedding dresses/bridal wear, Saris/Sarees, Lehengas, and Punjabis. Just opened end October 2013 for a month.
  • Right & Bright Dry Cleaning & Laundry, Shop L03, Lower Level in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – also alterations, shoe repairs, and carpet cleaning. Open 7 days a week.

"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

Double Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

***** Chez Girard, Naturally Yours Wellness Centre, 453 Main Road cor Culross, Bryanston

The pure joy of finding this restaurant open!  More importantly, obtaining all the contact details and opening hours, as they are not displayed on the door.  Chez Girard is open Monday to Wednesday for breakfast and lunch.  From Thursday to Saturday, they also do dinner and are very popular so booking is essential.

This little restaurant seats about forty people inside and outside.  As ever, Christian and his staff are welcoming, attentive and friendly.  The breakfast menu looked good and interesting, however, as it was nearly lunchtime, I decided on a salad.  Specifically the Spicy Calamari and Prawn one, which was so good!  The contrasting flavours of chilli and sour cream blended well with the perfectly cooked prawn and calamari.  The salad ingredients were fresh and colourful.  I enjoyed it with a glass of good white wine, savouring every moment.

There is always pleasure in renewing an old acquaintance.

Contact Details for Chez Girard Cuisine.

**** Luca's Pizzeria at Rivonia Crossing 2, 3 Achter Road corner Witkoppen Road, Paulshof

A desire for an outside lunch took us out again on Sunday, this time to Luca's, which we had not visited since it moved from the old Morningside Shopping Centre.  It is a friendly venue, deceptively larger than it looks from the outside.  What was obvious is that it is a well-attended venue with people coming to celebrate anniversary and take advantage of the children's playground (which is supervised), to let their children have a good time as well.

When I saw fresh river trout on the menu, my mind turned away from pizza!  So it was one trout and one Padovana pizza that were chosen, together with Delaire Graaf Rose and Appletizer!  The Delaire Graaf Rose is a lovely pink wine, which went well with the trout.  The trout was good, but a little drier than I really like.  The pizza was declared excellent.  I can also recommend the coffee!

Good service and a pleasant venue to while away a sunny afternoon.

Contact Details for Luca's Ristorante Italiano.


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.

Sock it to Them!

Our hero went to the psychiatrist: "Doc, my family said I must see you because I like cotton socks."

"Why, Mr Malema, there's nothing wrong with that!  In fact, I like cotton socks myself."

"Oh, wow!  Tell me, how do you like yours –fried in batter, or grilled with chilli and a little olive oil?


Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

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

Become a Stiff... Back to top

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Funny Language, English...

Radio 702 newsreaders, there is a big difference between  "overlook" (ignore) and "oversee" (supervise)!  Consider:
The NPA decided to overlook the ANC's benefiting from State tenders via Chancellor House (bad enough!) vs.
The NPA decided to oversee the ANC's benefiting from State tenders via Chancellor House –now that's real corruption!

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Civic Affairs  Back to top

Are you sure you are registered at your current address to vote next year?  If you're not sure, the DA can help: Click here to create an e-mail to me, add your name, ID number and telephone, and we'll let you know where you are registered.  If you aren't, or are but at the wrong place, we'll assist with registration.  Alternatively, enter your address at the IEC's Voting Station Finder and then go to that Voting Station on Saturday 9 November with your green bar-coded ID book between 08:00 and 17:00 to register.

The Sandton CPF (Community Police Forum) will be holding a rare Open Meeting for the public this Wednesday, 30 October, at 18:00 in the Boardroom at Sandton Police Station, 2 Summit Road (off Rivonia Road), Morningside.  This is your opportunity to have a confidential briefing on the latest crime trends in Sandton, and express your opinion on policing in the area.

Security tip:  Jamming devices continue to be used in public parking areas at shopping centres and elsewhere, despite arrests.  When you leave your car, make sure it is locked, do not just press the remote button and walk away!  Most insurance companies do not cover theft where there is no visible sign of a break-in.

Spring is turning into summer, and you might be looking for plants. Plants in Stock is an online directory of traded plants in South Africa.  Look there for suppliers of indigenous or exotic, wild or weird, trees or shrubs, flowers or ferns, garden services or garden supplies.

Overheard At The Checkout:

"It's dry, but you can drink it?" –brake fluid.


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Newsletter Issued 28 October 2013 – Page Last Updated: 10 June 2016. – Contact us.