Shopping in Sandton – November 2013

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review
Closed ~ The Checkout

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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

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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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Transformers Toastmasters meets 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at Morningside Country Club, de la Rey Road, at 18:45.  Aspiring speakers are welcome to contact Judith Taylor on 082 389-3481 or

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

Rivonia: Checkers in Rivonia Village opened on 21 November.  We visited fairly early on Saturday 23rd.  The place was a-bustle, with many promotional staff.  We met the dynamic manager, Charmaine Kotzee, who is intent on making the shop a success.  It is good to find a lot of staff on the floor, although I imagine many of them were just there for the opening.

The Checkers is of a comparable size to the Pick 'n Pay supermarkets in Rivonia and Gallo Manor, and stocks a similar range of goods.  There are leaflets full of "opening specials", but overall the prices were not noticeably lower than other supermarkets.  The lean beef mince we got at the special price of R40/kg was tough.

Checkers will benefit from its visibility in Rivonia Village, and this may be the death-knell for the Pick 'n Pay tucked away on the lower level of what is now Rivonia Oriental City. There is an irony in this, since that supermarket, opening in what was then "The Cloisters", wiped out the Spar next door.

Parking on the ground level of Rivonia Village outside Checkers is now at a premium.  It may be advisable to park in the extended parking underneath, and then walk up via the new lifts and escalators on the right of the supermarket.

Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre has its Christmas Festival running from the 4-8 December.  This is clearly not for last-minute shoppers!  They say they have "gifting ideas, mince pies, fine wine and decorations to Christmas trees, crackers, trinkets and even gourmet treats for your pets".

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...

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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

  • Checkers, Ground in Rivonia Village – opened 21 November 2013. Extensive supermarket: Groceries, fresh and frozen produce, bread, household cleaning, beauty and personal care products, etc.
  • Wakaberry, Shop C04/C05, Hobart Road in Hobart Grove Centre – Frozen Yoghurt bar. Open Monday to Thursday 10:00-19:00, Friday to Sunday 10:00-21:00.
  • Little Kickers Bryanston – developing soccer skills and at the same time having fun for boys and girls from the ages of 18 months to 8 years old. Runs in Hamilton Park, Hamilton Avenue corner Cambridge Road, Bryanston, near Petervale Shopping Centre.
  • Humphry and Healey Biokinetics in Morningside Area Shops – Trademore House, 165 Rivonia Road, Morningside. Biokineticists specializing in Injury rehabilitation, chronic pain, pre- and post operative rehabilitation, special conditions –diabetes, high blood pressure, Orthopaedic rehabilitation.
  • Pearson & Pearson Biokinetics, Studio C in Hobart Grove Centre.
  • Impact Hearing Systems, D02 in Hobart Grove Centre – Hearing Tests and Hearing Devices.
  • Dr. Green, B02 in Hobart Grove Centre – Family Dentist.
  • Bryanston Chiropractic, B07b in Hobart Grove Centre – Treatment of lower back pain, headaches, neck pain, whiplash, sports injuries, pregnancy associated pains, paediatric birth trauma & colic, arthritis and joint pain.
  • MME Dietitians, Studio B in Hobart Grove Centre – four registered dietitians who provide factually sound and up to date nutrition consultations for individuals, corporate clients as well as to industry and the media.
  • Gienius (sic) Smartphone Repairs and Accessories, C08 in Hobart Grove Centre – Repairs to Apple, Samsung and Blackberry smartphones and tablets. Speling corekted.

"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

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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

***** Raashee Indian Restaurant,  Morning Glen Mall

A chance for a relaxed lunch on their deck arose so we took it! Everyone greeted us as we are now old friends and we placed orders for Appletiser and a glass of dry white wine.  Our food order was Daal Makhani for my partner and the chef's speciality, Chicken Kali Miri, for me.  The wine and Appletiser arrived with lots of ice and so did the poppadums with dips.  When our main courses arrived, they were well presented.  The Daal was declared very good.  My chicken was hot and spicy with overtones of pepper as promised.  A worthwhile lunch and with the joy of real linen, it is great not to have paper serviettes!

The food and service here are excellent and it is a good place for families as well.

Contact Details for Raashee Indian Restaurant.

**** Pomodoro, Morningside Shopping Centre

A hot evening and break in a hectic schedule gave us an opportunity to revisit this restaurant after quite a time away.  We were greeted immediately and a table found despite not having booked!  I sat down and the waiter immediately changed the glasses so that I had the pink one and my partner the blue!  The drinks this time were Appletiser and Boschendal Blanc de Noir.  The latter is a very enjoyable dry pink wine.  I ordered the starter calamari and my partner the Salame e carciofini pizza, medium.

The calamari were perfectly cooked but rather bland, so I perked them up with chilli.  The pizza was the largest medium I've seen in some time.  My partner enjoyed it and took half home.  This meant that I was able to appreciate how good it was when I had a piece later over the weekend.

Great service, good food and reasonable pricing make this a good place to go for an evening.

Contact Details for Pomodoro Ristorante.


Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

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

Bereft of Life... Back to top

  • Not in sight: Style in Sight Optometrists, Shop 3 in Mutual Mews – cut-price eye tests, glasses, contact lenses, sunglasses.
  • Flown: The Fly Shop, Total forecourt in Hobart Grove Centre – Everything to do with fishing: rods, reels, lines, tackle, fly tying, accessories, clothes, trips.
  • Down the drain: The Kitchen Pantry, on Hobart Road in Hobart Grove Centre – kitchenware, appliances, tableware and gifts. Teas, coffees, relishes, jams, spices, oils, olives and chocolates.
  • Come to naught: Naughty Company, Shop F11, in Hobart Grove Centre – Kids' Clothing: fun and funky clothes for children, shoes, baby linen, swimming costumes and pyjamas.
  • Rug pulled: Persian Rug & Carpet Gallery, Main Square Northwest in Hobart Grove Centre – Persian and oriental carpets.
  • Called away: E Z Call Services, near Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – PC training, couriers, airport transfers, secretarial services.

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Public Interest:   Back to top

There are still a few seats available for the 2013 South African Humanist conference, "Thinking Things Through" this coming weekend on Sunday 1 December.  You'll find plenty of stimulating ideas and like-minded people there.  Speakers: Cecilia Haak (Square Kilometre Array), David Spurrett (UKZN), Eusebius McKaiser (PowerFM 98.7), Sarah Wild (Mail & Guardian), Gareth Cliff (5FM), and Jacques Rousseau (Free Society Institute).  Panel discussion host: Barry Bateman (702 Eyewitness News).  Possibly the only conference with a genuine puppet as the Master of Ceremonies!  Click here.

Meet your City Councillor, raise issues of concern, get contact details for Municipal entities, get your registration to vote checked, and renew your DA membership.:  The DA Ward 103 (parts of Morningside, Sandown, Rivonia and Bryanston), will be at Bryanston Shopping Centre from 10:00 to 12:00 this Saturday, 30 November.  At the same time, Ward 109 (Morningside Manor, Gallo Manor, Wendywood, Marlboro, and parts of Morningside and Alexandra) and Ward 106 (Gallo Manor, Woodmead, Sunninghill) will have a table on the corner of Bowling Ave and Kelvin Drive, opposite Morning Glen Mall.  Do pop in!

The dreaded e-Tolling starts on Tuesday 3 December: Remember not to buy an e-Tag!

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Overheard at the Checkout:  Back to top

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