Shopping in Sandton – August 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

Joan Bisschoff 071 539 2831 Clarissa Teixeira 083 282 4789

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

Speak Well at Your Next Presentation!

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

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


This month, among others, we have updated our pages for Bryanston Shopping Centre, Benmore Gardens, and Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre in Morningside/Wendywood.  Bryanston Shopping Centre is now complete (inside at least) and fully tenanted with a fresh mix of shops.  See the list of changes below.  Benmore Gardens has some new shops too, and is running a fun festival this weekend (next article).  If you haven't had a look at the "extramural activities" for all ages at Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre, visit the this page and look at the possibilities from pottery to dance to learning Chinese!

Chocolate & Chilli Festival at Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre

From 29 August to 1 September, Benmore Gardens will be hosting a taste experience of all things chocolate and chilli. The festival will be held on Friday 29 August from 09:00–21:00, on Saturday 09:00–15:00, and on Sunday 09:00–14:00. Entrance is free.

Tease your taste buds with a wide range of mouth-watering flavours and great tasting chocolate and chilli products for sale from the numerous diverse traders throughout the centre. Some of the vendors include House of Crepes, Nova Chocolates, The Mix Masters, Gourmet Fudge Range and Temery. For something a little more exclusive, you can visit the Chilli Lounge, which you’ll find on the upper level of Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre, spread out over the entire first floor (no under 18s).

There will also be a variety of entertainment taking place over the three days, with the likes of Daniel Baron performing on Friday at 19:00, as well as unique coffee and chocolate pairings by Café Fresco.

Spring is in the Air! That means... Spring haircut is up for grabs! Open 7 days a week. Dads and Lads Barber Shop, down the escalators in the Main Block to the Lower Level in Sunninghill Village, Sunninghill.
Email Fay or call 011 803 5015 for more Queries.

Odd Jobs

If you repeatedly get your predictions wrong and still keep your job (possibly even get a bonus), you must be a Weather Forecaster or an Economist.

New on the Block  Back to top

  • JM Floral Creations, near Cambridge Crossing – A floral creation in a personalized greeting card, customised to suit most occasions, for just R140.
  • Biltong@za & Meat@za in Rivonia Village between Dr Bob's Pet Deli and The Body Shop – Fresh meat and traditional Biltong delicatessen.
  • Adega Traditional Portuguese Restaurant, formerly Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre has moved to Grosvenor Crossing, Cnr William Nicol & Main Rd.
  • Dry Clean City has become Sofisticlean Dry Cleaners, Shop 7B, Lower Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Dry cleaning city, tailoring, laundry, dying, shoe repairs, curtain cleaning.
  • Pureberry Frozen Yoghurt, Shop 14, Lower Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Juice Bar and handmade Craft Frozen Yogurt.
  • Idelic Fruit & Nuts, Shop 07C, Lower Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre.
  • Cara Mia Fine Gifting, Shop 20 in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Jewellery boxes, cosmetic bags, travel accessories, umbrellas, homeware, corporate and men’s and ladies’ gifting.
  • Lou Harvey, Shop 32A, Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – bags of all sorts and other novelty and kids items.
  • CBJ Country Clothing, Shop 34, Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – Casual fashion wear for women of all ages.
  • Café del Sol, Shop 89, Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – opening September where Adega was.
  • The Tea Merchant, Shop G19, Ground in Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – Loose leaf tea, teapots, cups, accessories – a complete tea solution.
  • The Kitchen Pantry, Shop G18, Ground in Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – Specialist kitchenware, appliances, tableware, gifts. Teas, coffees, relishes, jams, spices, oils, olives and chocolates.
  • The Body Shop in Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – Body Butters, Body Scrubs, Shampoo & Conditioners, Toiletries, Wellbeing Products.
  • Meligram, Shop G57, Ground in Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – Ladies Clothing - Formal & Casual Dresses, Trousers, Belts, Scarves, Accessories, Footwear.
  • The Back Shop has moved from the Ground Floor to Suite 227, 2nd Floor in Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre – international backcare products.
  • Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre has the following new activities: Kids Town Pre-Primary School (Mon to Fri. Ages from 1 year to 6 years), Belly Dance (Tuesdays), Dance Cats (Mon to Fri. Latin, Dance workout and private lessons), and Pottery.

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

Shop D9, Hobart Grove Centre, Bryanston. 011 7075268

Restaurant Reviews by Judith Back to top

*** The Raj, Rivonia Junction, Rivonia Boulevard

A visit after many months of neglecting this restaurant, we booked and climbed the stairs to find that a number of changes had been made in our absence.  The worst was very uncomfortable chairs.  However, the menu looked good and the service was friendly.  We ordered a Mango Lassi and some BR unoaked Chardonnay.  I should have written down the winery's name.  Both drinks were declared very good!

To eat we decided to shared the Chef's Special which was chicken and prawn curry, to be served medium.  Sadly the combination did not cook well together as the prawns were overdone and soggy.  The chicken was fine but the temperature was distinctly mild.  The basmati rice was a good accompaniment.

Overall very good service and a relaxed atmosphere; next time I would try something different.

Contact Details for The Raj Indian Restaurant.

**** Pizza Luna, Shop 10, Rivonia Village, Rivonia Boulevard

Newly renovated and expanded, Pizza Luna has an extended menu to match!  The outside area promises and delivers sunny relaxed dining.  With a yearning for seafood, I took a seat in the sun only to discover that there was no calamari.  Rafaele was quick to respond to this disaster and offered prawns as a substitute.  They came as a Godfather pasta, which was extremely good although there was more pasta than I can manage!  Accompanied by dry white wine, of good quality and complimented by follow up desert of Tiramisu, which was a little disappointing as it lacked liqueur.  I can recommend the coffee.  Pure indulgence for a change - I left replete and happy.

Contact Details for Pizza Luna and Luna Deli.

Funny Language, English...

If you hear someone say they tripped, do you think they fell, or were they on drugs?  (Or both?)


Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

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

This is an Ex-Parrot (er, Shop)!  Back to top

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Misunderstanding South Africa (for Foreigners)

It is the African tradition that a prospective husband pays lobola, or "bride price" to the family of the bride.  We also have a part of the population that is of Indian origin. Their tradition is that the bride comes with a dowry.  Imagine the clash of expectations when an Indian suitor goes to meet the family of his black African lady-love!

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

Climate Appeal from Avaaz and   Back to top

Africa will be hit hardest by climate change but for too long our leaders have failed to take action. It is time for action, not words! Our President will be going to a Climate Summit called by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York on 23 September. #WeLeadYou is a chance for millions of us to show our leaders the way to fight climate change by raising our voices. Start by:

1. Signing up to the #WeLeadYou Africa petition – we believe that our Presidents must fight for climate justice by holding the rich countries of the global North accountable for starting climate change and that they can show climate leadership by choosing clean solar and wind over dirty fossil fuels.

2. Posting your demands to Facebook and tweeting your demands to your President. This is just the beginning. We want to build up massive pressure on global leaders in the run-up to New York.  In the week before the summit, teams in South Africa, the DRC, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and Burundi will be holding marches, unplugged acoustic gigs, bike rallies and many other events. 

3. Avaaz, the global petition and activist site, through a local core of volunteers, will be supporting the petition and organising events, such as a Green Heart formation on 20 September, in major cities in South Africa.  To participate and make a difference to our Planet, please e-mail Avaaz Jozi.

Come, join #WeLeadYou and Avaaz, spread the word, and let’s get millions of us demanding our Presidents and leaders fight for climate justice in New York!

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Overheard at the Checkout:

"Hi Joe, I haven't seen you for a while!"

“Hello Dave. I was in Thailand on business.”

“Wow: Weren't you scared of the Military Junta?”

“No problems –it's my second visit.  By the way, it's not pronounced 'Junta' but 'Hoonta' from the Spanish: They don't have a 'J' sound”

"Oh, interesting. When were you there?"

"In early Hune and again in late Huly."

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