Shopping in Sandton – October 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
The Core

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

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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 saw World Food Day on Thursday, 16 October.  Did you remember to eat?  –Well done.

There was also World Thrombosis Day on 13 October – Did you hear any of the useful programmes on how to avoid having a thrombosis?  Confusing that Food Day is in favour of food, but Thrombosis Day is against thrombosis...

In news, it was reported that the SAPS lost 1200 Detectives in the last financial year.  As Oscar Wilde might have remarked, to lose one may be regarded as a misfortune, but to lose 1200 looks like extreme carelessness.  Fortunately, the Police can benefit from my experience: Have they tried looking where they saw them last?  I find that technique often works with my keys.

Saturday heralds the start of "Movember", when public-spirited men (and some ladies, let's not be sexist) grow moustaches in aid of charity. I grew one last year, but I'm not sure how any charity benefited.  Which charity would like my moustache this year?  Seriously, you can read more and sign up here.

The little Riverside Shopping Centre on Bryanston Drive and River Road has now caught the dreaded "Renovations" disease, and looks like it is being rebuilt from the ground up.  Most of the shops there have either closed or moved, although a few hardy ones are still holding out or have relocated within what is left of the centre.

Summer has arrived! Have a "COOL" Fresh haircut here at Dads&Lads with a Refreshing Tea Tree Head massage. Take the year's stress away with our tantalizing Tea Tree massage --- you deserve it! 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

There was this retired seamstress who failed at farming: She had no success sewing seeds.


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, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Jacksons Real Food Market in Riverside Shopping Centre – Grass fed, free range, hormone-free and pasture-reared meats. Local small real food producers and farmers. Artisan bakery, pastries and coffee shop. Open M-F 09:00-18:00, Sat 08:00-15:00, Sun 09:00-15:00.
  • Delhi Dharbar Restaurant, Shop C06/C07 on Hobart Road in Hobart Grove Centre – "Exquisite Indian food, made by authentic North-Indian chefs in a real Tandoori Oven" (it must be terribly hot and cramped for them in there). A la carte menu, take-aways, catering, functions.
  • Il Localino Ristorante, Shop D03, D: Main Square Northwest in Hobart Grove Centre – "Your local Italian Restaurant".
  • MotoMate Bike & Accessory World moved from Woodmead Commercial Park to Shop 06 in Rivonia Crossing 2, Paulshof – Motorcycles, accessories, scooters, commuters, servicing and repairs, tyres and fitment.
  • Harper & Schiller Physiotherapy has become Olivia Schiller Physiotherapy, Shop 15 in Chilli Lane Shopping Centre Sunninghill – Physiotherapists.
  • Dr Shanta Moodley's Child Friendly Dental Surgery has moved from 1st Floor in Coachman's Crossing  to 273 Bryanston Drive, Corner Wilton Ave, Bryanston, near Riverside Shopping Centre.
  • Urban Escape Lifestyle Centre in Hobart Grove Centre has moved from B08, Block B (Medical Suites), to Suite A, Block C (on Hobart Road) – Spa & Skin Care, uses Dermalogica products and has photographic room.
  • Century 21 Modhomes, Shop A03, Total Forecourt in Hobart Grove Centre – Real Estate agents.
  • New in Grosvenor Crossing:
    • Lexi's Kouzina, Shop 05 – Greek deli and catering. Fresh and frozen meals to suit every palate. Platters, tarts, cakes, biscuits, cupcakes, brownies made to order.
    • Avina's Beauty Spa, Shop 06.
    • Radiant Functions, Shop 12 – Organise functions and events. Hire, rental and supply of couches and cocktail items, décor, accessories and set-up, chairs and tables, glassware, cutlery, gift bags, vases.
    • Kai Thai Spa, Shop 13 – Traditional Thai massage, full body and foot treatments, facials.
    • Wriggle It, Shop 15 – Indoor play centre for kids. Play structure, arts and crafts, toddler play area, games and books, party venue and coffee shop. Open daily 09:00-18:00.
  • Pick ‘n Pay Liquor, Shop 01, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – Next to the eastern entrance on the lower level. Replaced Picardi Rebel. Your Smart Shopper card works here too.
  • New on the 1st Floor in Rivonia Village above Checkers:
    • Royal Haberdashery, Shop FF07/08/09 – "A dressmaker's paradise". Stockists of bridal fabric and accessories, sewing accessories, wool, fabric, curtaining and accessories, suiting material.
    • Spero Wellness Centre, Shop FF10 – Educational Psychologist, Dore Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, Physiotherapist, Nutritional Therapist, Homeopath, Reflexologist, Chiropractor.
    • Bodytec, Shop FF13 – Personal fitness training with electro muscle stimulation (EMS): 20 minutes training once a week.
    • First Pointe Dance and Wellness, Shop FF14 – Rad ballet classes, Pilates, fitness, dance classes for children aged 2+ to young adults; adults (all ages) beginners to advanced.
    • Richard's Fitzone, Shop FF15 – Personal fitness training with weights and equipment.
    • Eve's Hair, Shop FF11 – Ethnic hairdresser.
  • Get Fit Challenge Jozi (Suite 3), 1st Floor in Coachman's Crossing – A 12 week challenge: Participants attend a 1-hour group training session once, twice or thrice a week, run by at least 2 personal trainers. Prizes up to R30000.
  • Sofisticlean Dry Cleaners, Ground in Coachman's Crossing – Dry cleaning, tailoring, laundry, dying, shoe repairs, curtain cleaning, carpet cleaning machine.
  • GoodFellas Barbershop, Shop 04, Ground in Coachman's Crossing – Men’s hairdresser.
  • The Depot, Ground in The Wedge, Morningside – Stalls of homeware and crafts. In the building to the left of Food Lovers Market. Opening 1 November 2014.
  • Ocean Basket - Opening Soon, Shop 11 in Morning View – Seafood and sushi restaurant chain.

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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

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

*** Salé e Pepe da Giovanni, Morning View Centre, South Road, Morningside

A new venture on our part, as we have seldom eaten at this centre.  The restaurant is well laid out with attractive tables and decor.  Austin found us a table and brought the menu.  This is a fairly expensive venue where starters can be around R80. However, there is no objection to sharing!  We ordered Sauvignon Blanc and Appletiser, plus a calamari and Chorico half and half pizza.

The service was excellent and the pizza good.  It was somewhat cold though, as we had not taken coats and the doors were wide open for the early part of our meal.  Ended with an Irish coffee.  We would go again, preferably on a warmer night!

Contact Details for Salé Pepe da Giovanni.

Funny Language, English...

The phrase "with respect" is often used in conversation or interviews to imply that the speaker has little or no respect for the person addressed!

Commercial Fats-Oil-and-Grease Trap Cleaning and Installation

Commercial kitchens, restaurants, hospitals, clinics, offices, and residential complexes! Do you have a grease trap as required by the Municipal by-laws? Is your grease trap being maintained regularly?  We do installation, maintenance & cleaning. email:, call Fabien 072 445 4560 / 087 802 6324. Web.

Dead, and Never Called Me Mother!  Back to top

  • Gone from Riverside Shopping Centre:
    • Traditional Astrologer & Holistic Healing – Apparently the stars did not predict the renovations.
    • Manie Grove Studios – Photographic Studio, creating your special memories, now a memory itself.
    • Kushido Karate-Do Martial Arts – Self-defence - self-awareness - self-confidence.
    • Exhale, Shop 03 – Beauty Salon: Facial and body. Drawn its last breath.
    • Bryanston Pools and Renovations – Not before time. John's Motto: "We're not interested".
    • Voila! – Previously-loved clothing. Previously-loved shop.
    • Riverside Wellness Centre – Infrared treatments, chi treatments, vacuflex reflexology, dermascan.
    • Morgan & Mason – Lou Harvey bags, accessories and soft finishings, er, furnishings.
    • Just in Time – Lovely old things, antiques, clothing, bric-a-brac. Now late.
  • Gone from Coachman's Crossing:
    • Vet to Pet, Shop 04 – Vet store for dogs, cats, birds, etc. Food and accessories.
    • Dry Clean City – Dry cleaning, tailoring, laundry, shoe repairs, curtain cleaning, dying, now died.
    • Inktec – Printer refills and cartridges: Shot.
  • Gone from Grosvenor Crossing:
    • Zilly's Restaurant, Shop 11 – Light meals and snacks.
    • Image Perfection, Shop 16 – Laser Lipo studio - slimming, now slimmed down totally.
    • Love Hair – Unisex hairdressers, waxing (now waned).
    • Basil Elk Real Estate Bryanston Office, Shop 12 – Property sales and rentals.
  • Gone from Hobart Grove Centre:
    • Taj Mahal North-Indian Restaurant, Shop C06/C07, Hobart Road.
    • Junipa's Cake Studio – Was upstairs in Hobart Road. Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, novelty cakes, etc. (Junipa's Restaurant still open.).
    • Tribe Multisports, – Was in Total Forecourt. Nutrition advice, and equipment for trail running, road running, mountain biking, road cycling, swimming, triathlon.
    • Pen-It Stationers – Moved from below Fruits & Roots to Ferndale Village Shopping Centre, con Main & Oxford Strs (near the Magistrate's Court). Tel 011 326 4048.
  • Picardi Rebel Bottle Store, Shop 01 in Morning Glen Mall – Rebel without a shop?
  • House of Judaica, Shop 34A in Morning Glen Mall – Jewish books and gifts. Was closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays, now permanently.
  • Weigh-less (Suite 1) in Rivonia Village – Slimming Club, now slimmed down to nothing.
  • Pure Beauty Day Spa and Wellness Centre, Shop U02 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Ladies' and men's haircuts, massage, facial / body therapy, waxing and threading, nails, make-up.

Understanding South Africa (for Foreigners)

In Zulu, the equivalent of "please" is "ngicela", which translates literally as "I am asking" (implied: "politely").  Hence, Zulu speakers will often say in English "I am asking for..." instead of using the word "please".  The lack of "please" has offended many non-Zulu speakers who don't understand the cultural nuance.

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Green Tip by Samantha Derham: Tips to Help Save Water   Back to top

SA really is a water-stressed country.

Living in an urban environment, which most people reading this do, we have had the luxury of not really thinking of where water comes from further than turning on the tap, and it’s there. Most people have heard that South Africa is a water stressed country, but have you experienced that? Driving through the streets of Johannesburg it is not uncommon to see thousands of litres of water being used casually to ‘sweep’ a dirty drive-way.

Go a few hours without water and we very quickly start to realise how much we rely on water for so many things. After a few days or weeks without access to water from the turn of a tap, if this convenience is all you have known, and the feelings of anger and despair at how useless our government is quickly dominate.

Did you know that about half of the people living in South Africa still do not have access to tap water? Did you know that the total amount of water in our rivers and dams is barely enough to meet our growing demand for water, and we are on the brink of that equation being in the negative? It’s not spoken of nearly enough in the media, from our government, from where ever it is needed to be spoken about, but South Africa, is well and truly on the brink of a water crisis.

How much water did you use to wash the dishes last night? And brush your teeth this morning? How would you know? Did you measure it? Did you think about trying to use as little as possible? Most people don’t. First of all, measuring it is not exactly easy, but water is actually still very cheap – compared to the amount that we are using, compared to the price of electricity, the amount on our bills at the end of the month is probably not enough for justify making the effort to reduce our water use.

But maybe, just maybe, the water supply issues that Johannesburg experienced over the past few weeks are enough to make us start thinking again about our water use. Here are some tips to reduce water use around the home.


Julius says that, when Jacob goes, he will be sourly missed.

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Overheard at the Checkout:

"Hi Sally! That's a huge bag of 'slimming' cat food you have there."

"Hello Cindy; Yes, Tiddles is driving me crazy: He keeps putting on weight!"

"Let me guess: Are you feeding him extra 'slimming' cat food to try to slim him down?"

"Of course... why?"

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