Shopping in Sandton – February 2014

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Witkoppen Rd. Paulshof, above
Car Service City, diagonally opposite Cambridge Crossing.

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 Super Value 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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The Health Network
95 11th St, Parkmore
011 784 2903 ~ 083 227 7137

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

Bryanston Shopping Centre News

Having avoided Bryanston Shopping Centre for some months, we were surprised at the extensive changes.  A whole new parking deck has been built above the Shell garage, covering what used to be the South open parking.  Most of this parking is now available.  Revamping continues inside and a number of major shops are closed for renovations. First National Bank is closed until 16 March. Adega, Leatherland, and even Checkers are also closed at present.

The little boutiques on the west (above Absa) have been decimated, with only "Lingerie and Leisure" surviving. However, a new crop has sprung up in their place: The Frilly Frog (kids clothing and toys), Hermanna Rush (ladies' clothes and accessories), The Tea Merchant (all things tea) and Mangar Furniture, Kitchens & Interiors (a lovely little household knick-knack shop).

The hardy Wedge Rose Florist is still in the centre but has moved under the South stairs next to the lifts.

Replacing Toni Café, a new cafe has opened on the upper level: "Petits Fours" with a French theme and delectable-looking cakes.

Full lists of new shops and departures below.

At the other end of Ballyclare Drive, the Total filling station in River Club (99 Ballyclare Drive, between Coleraine Drive and Sycamore Ave) is actually a small business hub: There is a convenience shop with a "Mugg & Bean on the Move" for take-away coffees and snacks.  Behind the garage there's a car wash, a mechanic who fixes all makes of cars, and Casalotti's Pizza Rapido for pizza and pasta.  Who knew?  Contact Details for Total Riverclub.

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.

Odd Jobs

On hearing the word "terminator", if the first image that comes to your mind is the moving line that divides day from night, and not Arnie playing an over-muscular cyborg film character, you must be an earth scientist of some sort.

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

  • Candice Berman fine Art Gallery (Pty) Ltd, Shop 15 opposite the pool shop, Ground in Riverside Shopping Centre – Custom framer and Fine Art Gallery. All framing from sports memorabilia to fine art and photography.
  • Zung Lok Chinese Restaurant in Rivonia Crossing 2 – Newly-opened next to Luca's Ristorante.
  • Define Your Image (DYI), Upper Level in The Wedge, Morningside – Watches: Police, Timberland, etc. where Rawson Properties was.
  • Alexa Young, Clinical Psychologist (see display advert): The Health Network, 95 11th St, Parkmore. Tel. 011 784 2903, 083 227 7137.
  • In Bryanston Shopping Centre
    • Petits Fours - Milan, Shop 42, Upper Level – Wholesome café style foods and freshly baked delicacies. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and French Style High Teas. Platters and catering.
    • Bella Donna, Shop 18, Upper Level – Ladies' fashion boutique. Also on-line.
    • The Frilly Frog, Upper Level – Young children's clothing and some toys.
    • Hermanna Rush, Shop 35, Upper Level – Fashion, bags and Accessories, Original Ladies' Clothing.
    • The Tea Merchant, Shop 36, Upper Level – Loose leaf tea, teapots, cups, accessories – a complete tea solution. Pop in or shop online.
    • Mangar Furniture, Kitchens & Interiors, Shop 37, Upper Level – a family business specializing in French Provencal-inspired furniture.
    • Wedge Rose Florist has moved – Now under the stairs next to the lifts.
    • Sure Lloyds Travel has moved up from the upper shopping level to the First Floor next to Substandard Bank.

"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

Restaurant Reviews Back to top

* The Slug and Lettuce, Rivonia Oriental City, Rivonia Boulevard cor Ninth Avenue, Rivonia Back to top

Fond memories of happy Sunday lunches brought us back to the "Slug".  Sadly, it was not to be.

Having procured wine and Appletiser, and ordered oxtail (a rare delicacy) we found that, in the spite of the fact that we were in the non-smoking section at the end of the restaurant furthest from Rivonia Boulevard, smoke was drifting through the restaurant to us from the smokers on Rivonia Boulevard.  When nothing was done about this, we called the manager.  He stoutly maintained that the smokers were "outside", did not need to be screened off from the rest of the restaurant, and that it was perfectly fine for us to breathe their smoke.  We left in high dudgeon.  At least he said we did not need to pay for the drinks –we had not intended to anyway!

*** News Café, Rivonia Village, Rivonia Boulevard cor Ninth Avenue, Rivonia Back to top

We then walked over the road to the News Cafe, which was as welcoming as the Slug had been hostile.  No oxtail, unfortunately, and we had quite an appetite by this time.  We settled for fish and chips.  The fish was good; the chips inevitably had to be sent back to be "well done, crispy" as ordered, and still weren't.  We would nevertheless recommend News Cafe for its friendly service and attention to its customers.

Contact Details for Rivonia News Café.

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

Their Metabolic Processes are now History... Back to top

  • Bookdealers of Benmore, Shop G19, Ground in Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – Bookshop: Lease ran out.
  • Moreti's Inks n Laser Cartridges in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – All printer cartridges: Can still be contacted on 072 244 1363. Free delivery.
  • Rawson Properties, Upper Level in The Wedge, Morningside – Real Estate sales and rentals.
  • Scrap Therapy, Shop 15, Ground in Riverside Shopping Centre – Scrapbook supplies, workshops, adult & kids classes.
  • Silver Style, Ground in Coachman's Crossing – beautiful things and gifts. Earrings and rings, diamonds.
  • In Bryanston Shopping Centre
    • French Tots, Upper Level – Kids clothing and Toys.
    • Jinja Clothing, Shop 32, Upper Level – Fashion & Accessories, Original Ladies' Clothing.
    • Pure Glamour Image Stylists, Shop 32A, Upper Level – Gents', ladies' and children's hair. Make-up and styling.
    • Kozi Kids, Shop 33, Upper Level – Children's clothing, toys, crocs, shoes, educational toys.
    • Bookdealers of Bryanston, Shop 36 – Bookshop. Closed after the fire.
    • Anatomy, Shop 37, Upper Level – designer-made Ladies' Fashion & Accessories.
    • Country Living Interiors, Shop 37A/103, Upper Level – Home & Décor. Lovely quant things, gifts.
    • Country Living Café, Shop 35, 1st Floor – Restaurant & Coffee Shop, above Country Living Interiors (First Floor).
    • Bryanston Jewellers, Shop 43/44, Upper Level – Jewellery, watches.
    • Impact Hearing, Shop 35, Upper Level – Hearing aids, batteries.

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Green Spot

Bryanston East's first Parkrun on 25 January was a resounding success with hundreds of people arriving to take part in the 5km community run. This community event "reclaimed" the Braamfontein Spruit area for residents to enjoy, safely and securely, under the watch of ADT, who will be providing security visibility on an on-going basis. The Bryanston East Community Forum (BECF) will be assisting Parkrun by ensuring the running route is maintained and in good condition. The Parkrun will take place from Riverside Park at 08:00 every Saturday and everyone is welcome to enjoy a safe morning out in your beautiful open spaces. Contact BECF at Tel: 011 234 2175, Website:, Facebook: Bryanston East Community Forum.

Information from ADT Security (Chester Missing says that ADT is the armed wing of the Democratic Alliance).


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Terminal Incompetence or, The Famous Grouse Back to top

We have become sick of the utter inability of Telkom to keep our telephone lines working –while charging us for them all, mind you.  For months at a time we have been reduced to a single working line, and sometimes none at all.  Worse, the dead line typically give a tone to the person calling us that sounds as if it is ringing here and we are just not answering!  Eventually a technician comes, works on the lines, and apparently simply swaps them, because the line that was working, now doesn't, and one of the ones that didn't, now does (if we are lucky).

The last straw came when the ADSL line was down for four days.  We are now moving our landlines and broadband to Neotel on the premise that we will save money and get better service (it could hardly be worse).  Our phone numbers will remain the same.  We will report back on how it goes.

Yummy Food Delivered for Corporate Breakfasts, Lunches and Functions!!

Hot meals – Chicken (8 dishes), Beef (8 dishes), Fish (5 dishes), Lamb (4 dishes), Vegetarian (10 dishes), Sweets (8 choices). Platters (serving 8-10) – Breakfasts, Sandwiches, Rolls, Seafood, Sushi, Chicken, Meat, Vegetarian, Combos, Snacks and Sweets. Delivery fee R90 in the Sandton area. HB Caterers: e-mail or call 011 026 2699 / 082 410 2023.

Overheard at the Science Books Checkout:

"Why was Werner Heisenberg’s wife unsatisfied?"

"When he had the time, he didn’t have the energy, and when he had the position, he didn’t have the momentum."

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Newsletter Issued 28 February 2014 – Page Last Updated: 08 March 2017. – Contact us.