Shopping in Sandton – June 2014

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review ~ Closed
Green Tip ~ The Checkout

Practical Effective Self-Defence

KRAV MAGA Instructors:
Mike & Walter
SMS or phone 084 211 8888


Witkoppen Rd. Paulshof, above
Car Service City, near 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

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!  Contact Judith Taylor on 082 389 3481 or

Shopping Centres in Central Sandton:
Atholl Square
Grayston Shopping Centre

Shopping in and around 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

Be a Modern Hero
– Donate Blood!

at The Colony,  Craighall. Tel: 011 447 6665, Fax 011 880 4994, or Pineslopes, Tel 011 465 6441

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

Get Your Business Running Better!

The skills shortage is a big problem!  De-skill your business and preserve knowledge by putting your expertise into computer software, giving step-by-step processes for staff to follow.
Software Africa can help!
e-mail or call 011 802-2685

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

Bleed a Little for Others?

June is Blood Donor Month.  The SA National Blood Service is always short of blood, and any donation makes a difference.

Lack of support and high rents, among other problems, closed the blood donor centres in Sandton.  Our nearest centre is now at The Colony, cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall. Tel: 011 447 6665.  Your nearest might be at Design and Decor Centre (near Molly Malones), Forest Road and Sunset Ave, Pineslopes, Tel 011 465 6441.

This newsletter goes out to over 5000 subscribers.  Imagine if only 10%, just 500 people, went to donate at Craighall: The centre would more than double its month's donations!  Imagine if those people continued donating regularly, four or even six times a year: Up to 9000 more lives could be saved in a year!

Every unit of blood is tested for HIV and other problems.  There is a self-exclusion questionnaire that assesses the risk on an individual lifestyle basis.

While the majority of blood recipients (like the majority of the population) are black, under 25% of the donors who contribute, gratis, over 800,000 units of blood a year, are black.  How's that for a largely-unnoticed contribution to reconciliation?  What about more support from the people who invented Ubuntu?

Winter 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

If, when you hear that someone is "encountering resistance", you feel the urge to ask, "how many Ohms?", you may well be an Electrical Engineer.

New on the Block  Back to top

  • Adega Express, Shop 30, Food Court in Woodmead Retail Park – Fast-food version of the famous Adega chain – opening soon.
  • Toyscom Adventure World in Rivonia Crossing 2 – Sport utility vehicles and 4x4s by GS Moon, Secma, Hajadu, Vista. Replaced Bride & Co and Eurosuit after the fire.
  • Neda Hair and Beauty, Upstairs in 90° on Rivonia – Threading, ladies' hairstyling, skin and body treatments, massage.
  • Barber Net, Shop 62 in Woodmead Retail Park – Hairdressing - Barbershop: Men's Hairstyling.
  • Editing & Special Projects by Beba Papakyriakou: Research Reports & Proposals, Journal Articles, Dissertations & Theses. Online Editing/Quality Assurance. Original Writing.
  • Bookdealers has relocated from Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre to the Colony Shopping Centre in the premises that was Rick’s bookshop. This has an entrance to the Hodges coffee house.
  • iThority, Suite 2, Offices in The Wedge, Morningside – IT Training, Learner Management, Workplace Solutions, whatever that may mean.

High-end fashion jewellery. Silver, pearls and gemstones for all occasions.

Shop D9, Hobart Grove Centre, Bryanston. 011 7075268

Restaurant Reviews Back to top

**** Adega, Rivonia Crossing 2, Achter Road off Witkoppen Road, Paulshof

It has been some months since we visited Adega in its new premises and the restaurant remains as friendly as we remembered.  On a cold solstice night, we ventured out to eat and found a warm place to do it.  Not only in temperature but also in service.  Freedom certainly made us welcome and made sure that our drinks –hot chocolate and Festa Sauvignon Blanc– arrived promptly.

We chose prawn rissoles for a shared starter and they proved good with a strong touch of chilli.  Mains were Fettuccini Chourico and the starter Mussels.  The Chourico pasta was declared very good.  The Mussels were plump and the sauce extremely tasty.  For once I was tempted and fell for the chocolate mousse, which was a perfect ending to a delightful meal.

Altogether a very pleasant evening with attentive but not intrusive service.  Worthwhile going to for special occasions as well –lots of room for parties!

Contact Details for Adega Restaurant Rivonia.

Funny Language, English...

If you say you are going to take care of somebody, are you proposing to look after them –or threatening to kill them?


Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

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

Run Down the Curtain... Back to top

  • Vasili's Restaurant, Ground in Rivonia Junction – Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant; also sushi. Moved from The Wedge, Morningside, August 2013; now closed.
  • DeeJays Deli in Morning View – Kosher Delicatessen, Restaurant and Sushi Bar.
  • Zen Health, Shop 35, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – Health Shop: Whole food, herbal and homeopathic remedies.
  • Treasures 4U, Shop 63-64, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall – alleged "quality goods from Germany, at affordable prices". Opened 15 March 2013.
  • Corporate Car Clinic, Shop AH, Building A in Woodmead Commercial Park – Services all makes of vehicles: relocated to Edenvale - cell number remains 083 603 5000
  • GreenMile Advertising in Morningside Area Shops – "100% green" advertising company.

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Getting Help

Nurse: "Doctor, there’s someone called Julius here; he says he thinks he’s the Invisible Man."
Psychiatrist: "Tell him I can’t see him now!"

Speaking of Running: 20 July CPF Fun Run/Walk/Crawl

The Sandton Community Police Forum (CPF) is having a fun run / walk on Sunday 20th July. There are 4 km and 8 km routes from Redhill School, taking in scenic West Road North, rugged Coleraine Drive, historic Ballyclare Drive and bumpy Outspan Road (4 km), with the 8 km route extending to Bryanston Drive, River Road and Brooke Ave. This is a CPF fundraiser costing R50 for 4 km and R80 for the 8 km.  Book online by 14 July at For enquiries, sponsorship and donations contact Yogi Govender on 011 722 4317 or email  JMPD will be positioned along the route to facilitate traffic flow where necessary.

"All Things Nice" has Reopened – at 33 Western Service Road

The famous home industry now has a shop easily accessible from Woodmead, Gallo Manor and Wendywood. Cakes, home-made pies, biscuits, quiches, koesisters. e-mail or call 011 026 2699 / 081 819 2421.

Friends of Rietfontein "Christmas in July": 20 July

An African festivity under the African Winter sun on Sunday, 20th July 2014 from 12:00 to 16:00. Menu: Prepare your own 3 course meal - Cook/pre-cooked/cold/hot. Dress: Freedom of expression using “Wild with RED”. Décor: Dress your table to your heart’s desire in RED. Music: An African experience. Drinks: Bring your own. Place: Rietfontein Nature Reserve, 138 Holkam Road, Paulshof. Tables available for 8 and 10 people. R50 per adult (children free). Prizes: Best decorated table and best dressed couple/person and children. Bookings/Enquiries/Details: Limited seating available - Book early!

Understanding South Africa, for Foreigners

Unlike in some other countries, in South Africa the traffic regulations are just a suggestion.  They are enforced only when the Traffic Police need money.  Understand this, and much of our driving will make sense.

Furnished Room to Let in Morningside Manor, Now or 1 August

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Green Tip by Samantha Derham: Sustainable Living III   Back to top

It will lead to personal internal conflict if you try to practice sustainability without first living a sustainable life. Meet your own needs (needs, not wants) before you can meet the needs of others and the environment. I have put the points below in order of importance according to my fairly educated opinion, but must emphasise that a balance of all six is required for optimal health.

1. Get Enough Sleep – See March article.

2. Get More Relaxation while Awake  – See April article.

3. Get Enough Direct Sunlight

To write about all the health benefits of getting enough sunshine will make this article far too long. But first, it's important to stress that if you do not make a habit of spending time in the sun, you should not tomorrow go and spend an hour in the sun. Morning sun and afternoon sun offer different benefits and you should expose yourself to both. Longer in the morning up to 9 am in summer, and 10 min in the afternoon sun to start with is enough.

Moderate exposure to sunshine boosts your immune system and reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and a range of other health problems. It increases your metabolism, promotes better sleep at night and digestion and generally improves one's mood – certainly one of the best ways to help fight the current plague of depression western society seems to be experiencing.

This article goes into a lot of detail:

Starting tomorrow, why don't you spend 5 minutes getting awake relaxation time in the sun?.

Point 4 in a following issue...  Read more by Samantha Derham at

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Overheard at the Checkout:

"Hi Cindy, aren't you out shopping late?"

“No, it's the perfect time!”

“How so?”

“Dave is glued to the TV watching some soccer tournament in South America, so he pays no attention to how long I'm out for, what I buy, or what I give him to eat!”

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