Megaplex Newsletter 2015 March: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – March 2015

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting the up-market shopper to the new and interesting in northern Sandton and Bryanston.  Please feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

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


Above Car Service City,
off Witkoppen Rd. Paulshof,
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

We are looking for full-time and part-time staff with Hairdressing college qualifications to join our Sunninghill team of hairstylists. If you are stable, creative, and committed, send your CV to

You will be contacted if your CV is acceptable.

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

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.  Future leaders are welcome!  Contact Judith Taylor on 082 389-3481 or

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

Almost all of us will one day need a blood transfusion

– Yet only 1% of people donate blood!

Make a difference to society!  Your nearest donor centre is at The Colony,  cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall.  Phone:
011 447-6665
011 880-4994

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

Scam Alert!

We received this email from a business acquaintance this month:

Subject: Good Morning
How's is your day going,  I'll like to discuss something with you. i should have called, my phone fell in the tub this morning are you online ? let me know
<name withheld>

We replied:

Dear XXX
Yes, I'm on email, and at the office if you want to phone on the landline. Sorry about your phone; bad idea to have phones in bathrooms (or in one's top pocket when near a pool, as I've also learned).

And got this response:

 How are you ? hope all is well with you sorry to bother you I'm actually in need of a loan, i have decided to request this from you. its just a token and i intend to refund back by  next week.  please are you able to loan me this funds.
Sent from my iPad

Interesting... It turns out that R8000 is "needed for some outstanding payments" and is wanted that same day.

We phoned the contact, and he knew exactly what it was about.  His iPad had been stolen and the thief was spamming his address book, seeing whom he could scam.  We spun him along and got an FNB account number to pay the money into and a cell phone number for the proof of payment, then gave them to the FNB Fraud Line (087 575 9444,  We await feedback on how the scammer gained access to what was apparently a longstanding trustworthy account.

Moral: Pasop!  Criminals are clever, but they have not yet discovered the Shift key or correct punctuation (some haven't, anyway).


Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

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

Odd Jobs

Did you pick your nose?  The plastic surgeon will let you pick your nose, your ears, your chin, in fact any body part --from a catalogue.

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

New on the Block  Back to top

  • Ocean Basket, Shop 11 in Morning View – New branch of the popular seafood and sushi restaurant chain, your "sole provider". See review below.
  • Woolworths Food, Shop U01-U05, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Opened 5 Feb 2015. Huge light airy shop with a tinge of industrial design, stocking all the foods Woolies are famous for, plus bakery and a liquor section.
  • Bryanston Fight Club, Basement in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA, personal training, sparring.
  • Flower Boss, Shop 01, Ground in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Large Florist: Flowers, Nuts, Gifts, Gift Boxes, Gift Wrap, Vases, Decorations, Teddy Bears, Balloons, Candles, Bath & Body.
  • Rebecca's Beauty Salon, Suite 123, First Floor in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Body treatments, slimming treatments, facials, ladies' & men's waxing, nails, gelish, manicure and pedicures. Moved from downstairs.
  • Bryan Park Simply Biltong, Shop 18A, Ground in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Traditional biltong, kudu, ostrich, dried sausage ("droë wors"), chilli, BBQ and coriander stix.
  • Dominos Pizza Bryanston, Shop 02, Ground in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Wide variety of pizzas: Three choices of bases, many standard pizzas or design your own; drinks and dips.
  • I Quit Smoking, Suite 129, First Floor in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – May help you stop smoking, or possibly he is just bragging.
  • Cyclic, Shop 11 in Grosvenor Crossing – Retailers of Yeti mountain Bikes and Colnago road bikes. Moved from Morningside Cycles, Rivonia Rd.
  • Eurofit, Shop 14 in Grosvenor Crossing – Kitchens and built-in cupboards, vanities and bars.
  • Fit Electro Fitness, Shop 16 in Grosvenor Crossing – Electric muscle stimulation combined with active exercise helps muscle development and toning.
  • Aeronautica Militaire, Shop U29, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Imported French quality ladies' and men's clothes, shoes, belts and accessories.

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.

Restaurant Reviews by Judith Back to top

**** Ocean Basket, Morning View Centre, South Road, Morningside

This branch only opened at the beginning of the year and is very family orientated, with ample entertainment for youngsters in the form of play gyms and other equipment.  It has a good sized deck nearby this play area and a wonderful corridor for riding toy motor bikes up and down!  The staff and manager are very friendly.  The interior area is bright and welcoming.

This was just my second dinner out after starting the Banting lifestyle in January, so it was a good test for learning how I can adapt normal restaurant offerings to this.  Still not drinking wine, I ordered sparkling water with ice and lemon and my partner opted for Appletiser.  My drink choice is a real treat and change from just large amounts of cold water!  We will probably have to look for a Soda Stream again (assuming they still exist).

For food, my partner ordered the Ocean Basket Fish and Chips (OB on the menu) and I opted for the Grilled Calamari Salad.  Predictably the chips had to be returned for crisping.  Not so predictably, the salad also had to be returned as it arrived pre-dressed.

Once the food was rectified, the OB fish and chips proved to be their usual reliable selves.  The Calamari Salad came with olive oil on the side, which was virgin cold pressed and wonderful.  The calamari were great.

We finished our meal with a Kataifi and a filter coffee - both extremely good!  The service was good and we would definitely go again.

Contact Details for Ocean Basket, Morning View.

Funny Language, English...

What are unshelled clams? To "shell" a clam means to take it out of its shell, so "unshelled" clams must be clams in the shell, contrary to appearances!

Wanted: Dynamic Software Tele-Salesperson!

Sell QuickBooks –the popular and easy Accounting Package– and the Autodesk range of products –AutoCAD and the Suites, the world's most popular and versatile engineering, architectural and artistic design software.  Low basic salary, generous commission, and the prospect of growing with the company.   e-mail us your CV.

Late LamentedBack to top

Are Newspapers Useless?

Julius would like to know why they only print the winning Lotto numbers when it too late to use them.

–He might have a point: Most papers have astrologers, don't they?

The Favourite Accounting Program of Non-Accountants

QuickBooks uses everyday terms like "invoice a customer", "enter bills", "receive payments".  None of that technical "Debtors" and "Creditors" stuff!  Easy to install, easy to use.  Bank accounts, bills, invoices, customer and supplier lists, useful graphs, VAT, all in one place.  Premier version R4399, Pro R3299. 30% discount on upgrades from Software Africa: e-mail or call 011 802 2685.

Green Tip   Back to top

Each year thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles living in gardens or suburbs become orphaned, sick or suffer injuries. Most veterinarians do not have facilities to cater for wildlife, leaving would-be rescuers unable to determine what to do with them. FreeMe has filled this gap. The public can now bring wildlife to them for specialised treatment, care and rehabilitation until they can be released. Looking for a cause to support or to participate in? Join FreeMe's family by becoming a member, even a volunteer. Visit their website for info:

Tips for a Safer Holiday Season   Back to top

Alexander Forbes Insurance has issued a reminder to holiday makers not to let their guard down over the upcoming long weekends. As schools close for the holidays, many people will lock up their houses and head for holiday destinations. Here are three forms of insurance that you need to have before going on vacation: Motor vehicle, personal accident and personal property cover.

Personal Accident cover –the cheapest form of disability cover because it is limited to accidental injury– can pay benefits for death, permanent or temporary disablement and medical expenses and does not apply only to road accidents.

Travellers driving outside of South African borders should ensure their motor cover includes the territories they will be visiting. Be sure to purchase the compulsory insurance of the country as you enter at the border.  Ensure that, if you are in an accident, your insurer will cover the cost of transporting your damaged vehicle back to South Africa.

Review your insurance policies to make sure the movable items of personal property that you will be taking with you on holiday are insured for the correct sums. These can include watches, cameras, cell phones and other electronic goods as well as camping or sporting items.

Finally, remember to apply all the usual tips on securing your house and goods, such as packing the car away from any prying eyes, asking a neighbour to empty your post box, checking that your alarm is working and unplugging electronic equipment to protect it from power surges. Don’t close your curtains and leave lights on –that is a dead giveaway to would-be thieves that no one is home.

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Overheard at the Checkout:

"Cindy!  You're wearing a hijab!  –Have you converted to Islam?"

"Salaam, Faizela.  Sorry, no, I'm still an atheist.  It's just that I discovered your secret."

"My 'secret'?"

"Yes... When I wear this, I can save a fortune by not getting my hair done!"

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Newsletter Issued 30 March 2015 – Page Last Updated: 28 October 2016. – Contact us.