Shopping in Sandton – September 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

Joan Bisschoff 071 539 2831 Clarissa Teixeira 083 282 4789

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 on 082 389-3481 or

Shopping Centres in Sunninghill:
The Square
Sunninghill Village
Sunhill Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre
The Core

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

Changes, Changes...

Why should you never pay a Buddhist with a large note?

Because when you ask for your change, he will say, gravely, "change comes only from within"! (A Christopher Hitchins joke)

Unlike our Buddhist, we have plenty of change in this newsletter.

Woolworths' empire-building continues apace: The food store in Chilli Lane, Sunninghill has vastly expanded and taken over the whole southern end of the centre, where the hardware shop and several others were.  Meanwhile, in Morningside Shopping Centre, everybody in the Upper Level northern block –including the Standard Bank– has either been evicted or moved to make way for a new Woolworths.  We already have a Woolworths Food in The Wedge, and food and clothing in Rivonia Village and Morning Glen Mall.

In an irony of history, after wiping out the Spar next door a long time ago, the Pick n Pay in what is now Rivonia Oriental City has itself succumbed, presumably to Rivonia Village's Woolworths and the new Checkers.  In its place, the Rivonia Asian Supermarket is having a Grand Opening this Saturday, 27 September. They stock a variety of foods from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan. They operate a Sushi Bar, Bento Box Bar, Taiwanese Beef Noodle Bar and a Bakery as well.  Undeterred, Rivonia Oriental City is planning a full-on Food Court, and are looking for tenants to open food stores.

There are plenty of other changes to report from Sunninghill including, belatedly, the move of Builders Warehouse from Rivonia Crossing 1 (at Rivonia Road and Witkoppen) up the road to a vast new warehouse at corner Rivonia and Leeuwkop Roads, diagonally opposite the entrance to Chilli Lane.  The shop is now so enormous that they provide a map to enable you to find the various departments.  The agoraphobic are well advised to stay away.  You may want to take a ball of string to unroll behind you to find your way back to to the entrance.  They now stock a range of tiles (but oddly, no white ones), sanware (toilets, basins and baths), carpeting, lighting, made-to-measure flooring, curtains and blinds.

In case you get exhausted walking around the new, bigger, Builders Warehouse, they have a coffee shop just inside the entrance, and a permanent Hot Dog Café just outside the exit.

On the subject of hot dogs, what does the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?

"Make me one with everything".

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 function well under pressure, you should become either a deep-sea diver or a Rand Water Board engineer.


Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

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

New on the Block  Back to top

  • Caffe Della Salute (listed in Rivonia North Shops) – Italian-themed restaurant, café and bar, replaced San Pablo Spur at 17 Autumn road Rivonia, off Rivonia Road.  See Restaurant Review below.
  • Builders Warehouse Rivonia has moved from Rivonia Crossing 1 up the road to corner Leeuwkop and Rivonia Roads, diagonally opposite the entrance to Chilli Lane Shopping Centre – Building material and home improvement warehouse. Offers building and maintenance contractors, DIY enthusiasts and home owners a comprehensive range of competitively priced products, with a large garden centre display and builders’ supplies yard.
  • Osman’s Cash & Carry, 16 Waterval Crescent in Woodmead Area Shops – Over 8000 items to choose from: Toys, gifts, stationery, kitchenware, houseware, plasticware, multimedia, car sound and much more!
  • Sengwe Place, Near Morning Glen Mall – 3 Star Guesthouse at 4 Sengwe Place, Gallo Manor, within 2 minutes of Woodlands Drive and convenient for commuting to Business Parks in and around Sandton and Woodmead.
  • Rivonia Asian Supermarket (Shop L01) – Extensive Supermarket opening 27 Sept 2014 in place of the Pick n Pay. Foods from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.
  • Fine Living by David Muirhead, Shop 10 in Parkmore Mews – Interior design store and boutique function venue. Soft furnishings, lighting, artworks, fabrics and accessories.
  • Findings, Shop L20, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Sterling Silver and costume jewellery. Brands: Thomas Sabo Sterling Silver, Nominations, Miss Silver, Georgina.
  • By Broadway, Shop 05, Ground in Parkmore Mews – Professional dry cleaning, alterations and mending, tailor-made clothing.  Also at 61 Woodlands Street, Hurlingham, off Republic Rd one block from William Nicol Dr., near Hurlingham Pick 'n Pay Centre.
  • Books Galore moved from Chilli Lane to the Basement in Sunninghill Village – New and second-hand Book Store: Esoteric, military, Africana, children's books, Afrikaanse boeke.
  • Flight Centre moved to Shop U23 next to Tashas from U02a, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Business Travel Agents.
  • Swept moved to Shop U22 from U02, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Hair Stylist: Kerastase professional high-end salon.
  • Attirance moved from Shop U22, Upper Level, into part of Cottage Flowers & Gifts, Shop L22 next to Pick 'n Pay, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – 100% natural cosmetics, bath and body oils, fragrances.
  • Jacky's Kitchen is now Kung Fu Kitchen, Shop 39 in Chilli Lane – take away and sit-down oriental Restaurant, party and function catering.
  • Plovers Realty moved from Chilli Lane to Kikuyu Road, Sunninghill.– Real Estate Agents: Sales, letting, property management.
  • Sunninghill Coins & Collectables, Shop LL09, Basement in Sunninghill Village – Specialising in rare coins, notes, medals & rare collectables.
  • Friends for Life, Shop LL17, Basement in Sunninghill Village – Pet Shop. Aquariums (aquaria?) a speciality.
  • Professional Nail & Beauty Supplies, Shop LL20, Basement in Sunninghill Village – Open M-F 09:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-13:00.
  • Tabla, Ground in Sunninghill Village – Mughlai Indian Cuisine and Lounge. Dine in, take away, delivery, outdoor catering, functions and parties.
  • Silver Moon, Shop G03, Ground in Sunninghill Village – Ladies' and Gents' clothing in adjacent shops.
  • Fusion Café, Shop G09, Ground in Sunninghill Village – Contemporary cuisine. Strictly Halaal. Quality food at affordable prices. Sit-down, catering, platters.
  • Naledi Hair, Shop G07, Ground in Sunninghill Village – Ethnic hairdresser.
  • Tazkia Skin & Body Clinic, Upper Level in Sunninghill Village – Specialist in body contouring and skin treatments.
  • Great Image, Upper Level in Sunninghill Village – Personal clothing creations: Matric Dance, Evening, Wedding Dresses and more.

Understanding South Africa, for Foreigners: African Names

Presumably to make it easy for whites, many black people also have a "white" name.  Thus, Sikhumbuzo is also called Cyprian, and Nontsapho has the middle name Princess. There isn't much reciprocity from the white side, but things are changing.
For example, in some quarters I'm known as "Sibusiso".
It means "pretentious white man who tries to ingratiate himself with blacks".

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Restaurant Reviews by Judith Back to top

**** Kiyota Sushi, Shop 73, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall opposite Spur

A return to a favourite restaurant for a leisurely evening meal - service here is excellent.  We chose to share a seafood Bento Box, which was a really worthwhile choice with fish, mussels and calamari in great quantities.  This is value for money at R110 and fed two people easily.  Our drinks were white wine and green tea.

Altogether a quiet relaxed meal with time to talk and unobtrusive service - somewhere to go when you want to enjoy being with your favourite person.

Contact Details for Kiyota Sushi.

** Caffe Della Salute, 17 Autumn Road, off Rivonia Road, Rivonia

Feeling peckish and also wanting to find out what had replaced the Spur on Autumn and Rivonia Roads, we went to this new restaurant for Saturday lunch.  Although most of the children's play area has gone, a jungle gym still exists.  The rest of the restaurant has been done over and made minimalist.  The colours of grey and white are used to good effect.  The menu is extensive.  I choose the mussels in white wine and garlic sauce whilst my companion choose the basic burger.

He took a risk and chose Bos Mango Tea whilst I stuck to dry white wine by the glass.  The tea was acceptable as was the wine.  Alas the food was not.  The mussels came with white bread, which was replaced on request, and their sauce was mostly flour.  The plain burger came with a vicious "secret sauce" which my companion suggested ought to be kept secret.

However, after much discussion on possible improvements to the food, we were not charged for either dish!  We will go back to see if things have improved.  Service was very good and the owner open to feedback.

Contact Details for Caffe Della Salute.

Funny Language, English...

The phrase "waste no time" can mean that you are eager to start something, but maybe that wasn't intended when Disraeli (?) said: "Thank you for your manuscript. I shall waste no time in reading it".

Advert removed due to non-payment.

Gone, All Gone! Back to top

  • Pick 'n Pay, Shop L01 in Rivonia Oriental City – Extensive Supermarket.
  • Style, Shop L08 in Rivonia Oriental City – Chinese Ladies' fashion.
  • Impala Flora in Parkmore Mews – another Florist gone.
  • Left Morningside Shopping Centre:
    • Graas Roots Vitamin Bar, Shop L06, Lower Level – Health food, supplements and vitamins.
    • Silver Style, Shop L20, Lower Level – 925 - Sterling Silver gifts and jewellery.
    • Standard Bank and ATM, Shop U06, Upper Level – Bank Service Centre.
    • Cup, Decadently Yours, Shop U09, Upper Level – Tea, coffee, cakes, cups, coffee additives.
    • BT Games, Shop U03, Upper Level – Computer and video games for Playstation, Xbox, and Wii.
    • Khoki, Shop U04, Upper Level – Educational toys, books, pens, children's things.
    • Toys R Us, Shop U23, Upper Level – Toy shop.
  • Left Chilli Lane Shopping Centre, Sunninghill:
    • Just Ginns Lifestyle Store, Shop 06 – was selling flowers, gifts, collectables, Recipe Cards, cakes and cookies.
    • Chantelize Fashions, Shop 12A – Ladies' clothing.
    • Troi Sport, Shop 36 – Triathlon & Multisport Specialists. Still exists in Hurlingham.
    • Snoekies – no longer serving fresh seafood and “fish and chips” in Gauteng. Still in the Cape.
  • Left Sunninghill Village:
    • Pure Glamour Gallery – Persian carpets and chandeliers.
    • Zanati Concepts, Shop LL17 – Home improvement and design company. Home décor, plumbing, laminate flooring, etc.
    • Cruize Clothing and Cruize Ladies – Men's & Ladies' boutiques.
    • Flair Hair – Ethnic & plaits: Braiding, corn rows, plaiting, Brazilian, relaxers and treatment.
    • Cesco's Portuguese Takeaway, Shop G09 – Hake & chips, seafood, meat, chicken, combo's, wraps, family meals.
    • Blu Curasao Fine Dining & Cocktail Lounge – North Indian food and Cocktail Lounge.
    • JV Wellness Centre, Shop UG03 – Non surgical liposuction. Endermologie. Botox. Dermal fillers.
    • Bella Figura, Shop LL09 – Men's boutique, specialising in Italian designs.

The Lazy Bike

Julius says a bicycle can't stand up on its own because it is too tired (two-tyred).

NOW OPEN at 16 Waterval Crescent, Woodmead!

Over 8000 items to choose from: Toys, gifts, stationery, kitchenware, houseware, plasticware, multimedia, car sound and much more! Open Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00 (Fri closed 12:00-14:00), Sat: 9:00-17:00, Sun: 10:00 - 14:00. Tel: 011 656 6068, email: Group web site

Green Tip by Samantha Derham: Sustainable Living V (Conclusion)   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  – See June article.

4. Do more that makes you truly happy!  – See July article.

Points 5 and 6 are Diet and Exercise:

If the health benefits of eating healthy and getting regular exercise haven’t been shoved in your face from every direction already, then you are living under a rock and you are probably healthy anyway. I just have a few more comments to make here:

a)  I truly do believe that getting right points 1-4 above is more important than worrying about your diet and exercise, and most likely you will find that when you have mastered the above, a healthy diet and regular exercise will come naturally. When you feel better, you naturally want to maintain it. Sadly, the opposite is also true.

b)  The first step to healthy eating is to cut out fast food – once you decide to eat more home-cooked meals, or at least meals that take time to prepare, you will automatically be cutting out almost all unhealthy food.

c)  If you have a desk job, moving your body regularly is more important than exercising intensely for an hour every day. Sitting still for long periods of time causes a number of health problems. My Google search found this article first.  I propose playing with Poi while you wait for your computer to do something. This video gives you an idea of what poi are:

Read more by Samantha Derham at

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Report-Back on Petition and People's Climate March by Avaaz and   Back to top

Last month we said "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!". Last weekend more than 675,000 people took to the streets in New York, Berlin, London, Paris, Rio and more than 2,000 places all over the world to send a message to the heads of state gathered at the UN to take climate change seriously. Images of the massive turnout blanketed the front pages of world media -- just as our leaders arrived at the UN’s emergency climate summit. The message was received, and it was echoed. Almost every opening speaker of the summit, and leaders from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to US President Obama, cited our marches as their call to action.   See a report-back and pictures here.

Thanks to our volunteers' support and the commitment and dedication of facilitator Simone Innes, we also put Jozi on the map: Nearly 200 people formed a "Green Heart" formation in Emmarentia Botanical Gardens on Sunday 21 September, and there were 4949 Avaaz petitions signed within 30km of our event.  A more modest contribution than a parade 80 New York city blocks long, but a good start!  We also received coverage in the local media.

Together, we made history, but it's just the beginning. The crucial Paris climate summit is 15 months from now -- that's where we need a global deal. By March next year, countries have pledged to make their national commitments -- so our movements will focus on these national targets. Every few months until Paris, Avaaz and supporters will come together to beat a drum for change, for 100% clean energy. As Ricken Patel of  Avaaz says, "The movement we've been waiting for has begun".

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"Hello Cindy!"

"Hi Sally! What's new?"

"I'm dating a twin!"

"Isn't that confusing?"

"Fortunately not: He has a beard and his sister doesn't."

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