Shopping in Sandton – July 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 –  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

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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 in Woodmead

Shopping Centres in Central Sandton and Johannesburg:
Atholl Square
Grayston Shopping Centre
The Colony, Craighall Park

Speak Well – Become a Leader!

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 (President) 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

Welcome to The Colony!

This month we put up a web page for our first Johannesburg shopping centre, The Colony. It is a village shopping centre at 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park.  Located on the corner of Rothsay Avenue, this centre houses several restaurants and fast food outlets, many quaint speciality shops, and one of the few clinics where you can donate blood. It must be one of the rare centres not to have a supermarket as its anchor tenant, but it does have a Baby City, a club, and a pub.  There is one ATM (Standard Bank), but no banks.

The club, recently opened and already popular, is Vicky Cristina's Restaurant, and it contains the Conquista Bar.  Under stairs, so to speak, we find the colourful traditional pub, The Colony Arms.  They don't dance there, but there's a Fred Astaire Dance Studio opposite.  If that seems too secular, the Buddhist Centre upstairs will teach you meditation.  Education is also represented by the Kumon centre teaching Maths and English.  Bookdealers interleading with Hodges can satisfy both your reading and eating needs.  Speaking of eating, we have Steers and Debonairs downstairs, and Indian and Chinese restaurants on the top floor.

The centre is on a steep slope and has been built on several levels.  The first entrance you come to when driving North on Jan Smuts Avenue leads to a square with limited parking. From there you can drive through under an archway to extensive parking at the back of the centre.  This parking has an exit to, and an entrance from, Rothsay Avenue.  If you skip the first parking entrance, there is a second one just before Rothsay Avenue, also with limited parking, serving the lower level.

Visit our new page for The Colony here.

Bookdealers of the Colony hosts "The Bloody Book Week" with two talks, "Why Write Murder When You Can Write Love?" on Thursday 7th August, and "Cold Cases - How Forensics Can Separate Fact From Fiction" on Friday 8th August (both 11:00-12:00).  Information:

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

"And what do you do?"

"I get people back on their feet when they've fallen on hard times."

"Oh, wow! –Angel investor or motivational speaker?"

"Not quite.  I'm a sheriff: I repossess their vehicles!"

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

  • Rain (Bryanston), Shop 32, Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Handmade bath & body products and hand crafted homeware using natural ingredients with African origins. Responsibly handmade with care for customers, craftspeople and the environment.
  • Yeye Oge, Shop 25, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall, moved from Morningside Shopping Centre – African fashion boutique: African prints, wax, batik, damask, head ties, aso-oke. Italian shoes, bags and accessories.
  • Sandton Village Cellars is now Checkers Liquor, Shop 5 & 6, Lower Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Liquor merchants: wide range of wine, champagne, spirits, beer, ice.
  • Persian Perfection has become Bokhara Tapete, Shop 66, Upper Level opposite Nedbank in Morning Glen Mall – Prime Persian carpets and rugs.
  • Pizza Oven in Sunhill Shopping Centre is now PizzaCassO Sunninghill. Same for PizzaCassO Parkmore in Parkmore Mews – Pizzas of all sorts, foccacia, pasta and salads.

Understanding South Africa, for Foreigners: Minibus Taxis

In South Africa, public transport for the masses is provided by minibuses.  While some obey the traffic rules,  many do as they please on the road.  Examples include using a right turn lane to cut in front of the straight-ahead traffic and, conversely, using the non-turning lanes as turning lanes.  Another favourite manoeuvre is using a left turn slip lane to avoid a traffic light, cutting straight across the road on the left, and using its left turn slip lane to get back onto the road on the other side of the traffic light.  Give a wide berth to minibus taxis, and they'll fit in another one!


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

**** Luigi's Ristorante Italiano, Riverclub Shopping Centre, 20 Poplar Avenue, Riverclub

This restaurant is tucked away inside the closure off Coleraine Drive - first right after Summit Road.  We arrived just before 19:00 and were promptly greeted and seated inside.  Luigi's is a warm place to go on a cold night and very homely.  We ordered hot chocolate and Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc.  The latter was a new wine and turned out to be a very pleasant choice indeed.

We decided to shared the Fegatini Luigi for starters and had an immediate misunderstanding with our waiter who thought we were asking for fettucine!  Once this was resolved, we completed our order to include lasagne and calamari heads.

The fegatini (chicken livers) was good with a touch of chilli and also plenty for two people.  The calamari heads with their sauce proved extremely good as there was a range of flavours which brought out the best in them.  The lasagne met the standard.  Service was good, the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming.  A place to go to again.

Contact Details for Luigi's Ristorane Italiano.

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Joined The Choir Invisible! Back to top

  • The 3 Little Chefs, Shop 48, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall – kitchenware, baking, cutlery, tea sets, dishes, bowls etc.
  • Homely’s, Upper Level in The Wedge, Morningside – importers and stockists of branded & non branded products.
  • 365 Liquor, Lower Level in The Colony, Craighall.
  • Mooz Brothers, the Kosher Deli in Shop 53, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall has closed its outside seating and amalgamated with The Deli Store next door.

Paris Entrances

When Julius visited Paris recently, he jumped off a bridge into the river.  The people who pulled him out said he was temporarily in Seine.

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Green Tip by Samantha Derham: Sustainable Living IV   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 I 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  – See June article.

4. Do more that makes you truly happy!

It’s arguable that this should go at the top of the list, but it’s not as obvious or as simple to implement as the top three. In short, being happy makes everything in your body function better. Happiness makes your heart beat more rhythmically, reduces stress and worry, and probably provides even more health benefits than sunshine. Think of how healthy and supple and alive you felt during the first few weeks of falling in love – that is the most obvious feeling of being happy. You don’t need to be falling in love to be happy, and more often than not in current western society it does take a concerted effort to be a ‘happy person’.  It really can be as simple as just deciding to do something that makes you happy, and actually doing it. Don’t delay or make excuses – just do it! And be realistic, there are many things you can do within your time and your budget that will make you happier, and when you realise what it is, it will be something you can do again and again. You just have to decide to do it now and not find a reason to put it off until later.

Cardio Tennis: A Fun Way to Get Fit!

Corporates interested in team building and getting in shape? Do cardio tennis: It's fun!  We use music and it is a great way to burn calories and get into shape for summer. Corporate membership available at Wendywood Tennis Club.  For tennis coaching for all ages and abilities, contact Allon Rock: 082 774 5347

Flying to a remote holiday destination is nothing more than something advertising has told you will make you happier – it is in fact temporary and artificial happiness that ultimately makes you less happy. Baz Larhmann’s Sunscreen Song always comes to mind.

If eating the occasional naughty treat that you don’t allow yourself to eat for whatever reason will truly make you happy, then eat it without guilt, because the happiness it will give you will far outweigh the potential health problems. Again I stress – ‘occasionally’. Unless your doctor said never eat it again – then you are just going to have to find something else to replace it.

I have put this one fourth because it can be the most difficult for some people, and if it is something that you think you need help with, then do yourself and everyone around you a favour and see a life coach. Firstly, just seeing them makes you feel better and they are great at working with you to help you realise what changes you can make in your life to be consistently happy. And once you have been given the tools to realise your own happiness, it can be self reinforcing and your life will just get better. But first you need to decide for yourself that you really do want to be happy.

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Overheard at the Checkout:

"Hey Dave! How did you get that black eye? Did Cindy catch you cheating?"

"Ve-ery funny.  No, I went running early for the first time this winter.  In the meanwhile the municipality put up street lights, but now that the election is over, they haven't switched them on."


"In the dark I ran into a pole that wasn't there!"

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