Shopping in Sandton – January 2014

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review
Closed ~ The Checkout

Practical Effective Self-Defence




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

Links to Other Pages:
Megaplex Home –  Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in Sandton. All Newsletters.

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

Want a Stunning Blouse or Dress
(or Present for a Special Lady)
– at up to 50% off?

Silhouette, sole SA importers of the Ika label of exclusive ladieswear, now operates from a house in Morningside Manor:
Call Dawn for an appointment: 082 559 8785, or e-mail:

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

Master Your Public Speaking Fears!

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

A Chance to Make a Difference

This year's is the most important election since 1994.  Polls indicate that the ANC could lose its majorities in Gauteng and the Northern Cape if opposition parties mobilize enough votes.

If you are happy with the state of our roads, education, services, Nkandla, Guptagate, corruption, and eTolls, make sure that you are in a position to vote for the party that brought them to you.  If not, there are plenty of other parties to vote for.  Your vote will count!

Not voting is a poor choice and means that other people will decide for you.

Not registering is doubly so, and means that you have shut down your options.

You can only vote if you are registered.  Are you?  To find out, SMS your ID number to the Independent Electoral Commission at 32810 (cost: R1) or visit

If you're not registered at your current address, enter your address at the IEC's Voting Station Finder and then go to that Voting Station with your green bar-coded ID book between 08:00 and 17:00 on Saturday 8 or Sunday 9 February to register.  This is the last Registration Weekend and may well be your last chance to register: The election date could be announced as early as next week: On that day, voter registrations close!

Make sure you are registered!  If you need help: Click here to create an e-mail to me, add your name, ID number and telephone, and send!

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...

If you don't pay your exorcist, do you get re-possessed?


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

  • Crocs, Shop 47 in Woodmead Retail Park – Shoes (not just ugly plastic ones).
  • The Cosmetics Company Store, Shop 57 in Woodmead Retail Park – High-end, luxury cosmetics brands for at least 30% less.
  • Indulge Cakes closed in Rivonia Village, yes, and did not respond to our e-mail, but have in fact moved to Edenburg Terraces in the Rivonia Area, at Browns Restaurant, 21 Wessels Road. Boutique confectionary, weddings & specialized cakes, novelty cakes, kids cakes, adult cakes, platters.
  • Likewise, Abina's New Look Hair Salon, Shop 13, Ground in Rivonia Village has not become Mizani, they just changed their phone numbers.
  • Buccleuch Motor Spares in The Bridge Shopping Centre has become Pro Parts – batteries, filters, spark plugs, shock absorbers, clutch kits, spares and tools, oil.

"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

There was the amateur astronomer who sat up all night trying to figure out where the sun went when it set.

It finally dawned on him.



Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

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

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

**** Papachinos Continental Café, Cullinan Close off Rivonia Road, Morningside

Despite our booking and arriving promptly, our table could not be found, so we were shown upstairs to a lounge-like waiting area and drinks were served.  Being conservative here, it was our standard Appletiser and Sauvignon Blanc.  As no wine menu was offered, I don't know whose it was.  We ordered the Fisherman's Platter to share and continued to relax.  The people at the table in the balcony left and we expected to be offered it.

This did not happen as another couple, who had just arrived, were give the table.  Rather indignant, I went up to the waiter who had given them the table and pointed out that we were already waiting for that table.  With commendable alacrity, the situation was handled and a second table put into the balcony for us to take.  The manager came up and apologised.  Full marks for a situation diplomatically and speedily resolved.

The restaurant is very big and well patronised.  There is plenty of room for children to run their energy off in the well-protected play area.  The access to the open air gives views across Rivonia Road towards the Magaliesberg and to the smell of the rain.

Our Fisherman's Platter arrived.  A goodly portion of Kingklip, four prawns, mussels in garlic sauce and calamari with lovely lemon butter.  More spinach would have been appreciated.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable meal and plenty for two people.  With one of us preferring just fish and the other shellfish, our needs were well catered for in this shared dish.  Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing and we would definitely go again.

This is one of the few places that, when asked for "well done, crispy chips", actually delivers!  Best crispy chips in ages.

Contact Details for Papachinos Continental Café.

Pushing up Daisies Back to top

  • Sadly, it seems that Winnie's wonderful Soul & Jazz Restaurant in Wendywood Shopping Centre has closed, according to a posting on their Facebook page. Their phone is out of service, they don't answer e-mails, and their web and Facebook pages are out of date.

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Popular Wisdom

Julius says he used to be bad at geometry, but now he's turned that around 360 degrees.

Green Tip: Sustainable Buying   Back to top

Your spending habits affect your life. Everything you see happening in the world around you is a result of how and where you choose to spend your money. Buying items made overseas sends money and skills overseas.  This gradually depletes the wealth of your country and community, and eventually leads to increased crime, pollution and general feelings of dissatisfaction with life.  The further an item has been transported to you, the more pollution has resulted.  Buying local supports local economies and communities.  It builds your local community, the areas you spend time in, and your country.  Read more at by Samantha Derham.

From the CCs

We do appreciate it when people, e-mailing from the Megaplex site, leave our address in the CC box.  Some of the requests are "wanderful" (we just hope she didn't wander too far!):

Was just wandering if you guys have a contact number? –Janine.

Public Interest:   Back to top

There will be a Rates Review Public Meeting on 11 February 2014, 18:00-20:00 at Ernest Ullmann Park.  Refreshments are provided.

From the ADT newsletter – Latest Criminal Modus Operandi:

  1. Cutting power at businesses: At commercial premises/retail free standing premises: Criminals cut power at the mains box outside the premises and replace the lock with their own lock. The intent is to let the battery run low and then break in. The response company will report all is in order as the box does not appear to be tampered with. Owners/keyholders MUST inspect premises and the power box if they received an AC failure or low battery alert from ADT over weekends.
  2. Remote jamming devices: This is a general problem at all shopping centres, especially local centres where residents do quick stops to stock up on small items after work, etc. Always check that your car is indeed locked!
  3. Smash and grab & robberies in traffic: There are several hotspots, mostly at major intersections - William Nicol corner Sandton Drive, Mattie Ave, Republic Road, Peter Place, Grosvenor. Be alert and keep your doors locked and windows closed.

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At the "Checkout":  Back to top

In early December, the overseas tour guide took his group to view Nelson Mandela's coffin passing through the streets of Pretoria.  He briefed them on the awe in which Madiba was held as Father of the Nation, and the importance on being an orderly, well-behaved, and reverent group.  As they were waiting, he spotted another tour group on the opposite side of the street, led by a buddy that he hadn't seen for some time.  He waved and waved to attract his friend's attention, but Neil was looking elsewhere.  The cortege was approaching...  Finally, in desperation, he yelled out, "Neil!".  That got his friend's attention --and everyone else's: When he looked around, his entire tour group was obediently on its knees.

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Newsletter Issued 31 January 2014 – Page Last Updated: 02 December 2014. – Contact us.