Megaplex Newsletter 2015 October: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – October 2015

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting the up-market shopper to the new and interesting in 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


Mon & Thu above Car Service City,
off Witkoppen Rd. Paulshof,
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

Speak Eloquently at Your Wedding!

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 and near Bryanston:
Cramerview Village
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

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 082 389 3482/1

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

Be a Hero
– Donate Blood!

Save a life at little cost to yourself!  Your nearest donor centre is at The Colony,  cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall.  Phone:
011 447-6665
011 880-4994

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

Open 7 Days A Week. Summer is here and we offer "FRESH HAIRCUTS" to keep you COOL everyday. Come and have a smooth, clean facial shave by our Stylist Sam! He is excellent with the cut-throat blade, so quick and expertly done. We also have other value-added services and specials. Please call 011 803 5015 for more information. Down the escalators in the Main Block to the Basement in Sunninghill Village. For more, email Fay.

Welcome to March month:

According to the old joke, the COSATU calendar is: January, February, March, March, March...

However, everybody seems to be getting in on the act.  The DA marched on the ANC front company, Chancellor House, and later against Government inaction on drugs in Eldorado Park.  The alternative trade union movement marched against corruption. The #FeesMustFall campaign had marches all over the place –funny that it happens exactly at exam time, is it not?  That was also interesting because it had the ANCYL marching on the ANC's Luthuli House! The EFF held a massive march for "economic freedom" and jobs, in the process helping to kill off jobs by providing plenty of reasons why investors should not put their money into South Africa. Today, the ANCWL is marching in support of President Zuma, or is it in memory of OR Tambo?

Beyond the rhetoric of the marches, there is a thing called "reality".  A wise man once said "by their fruits ye shall know them".  If we want a prosperous, thriving, growing economy, there are examples worldwide.  There are examples, too, closer to home, in Africa. The GDP Annual Growth Rate in Mauritius is double ours, in a place with far fewer natural resources. In Ghana the most recent growth rate was close to 8% annually. Ours has been revised downward to 1.5%.  This is the fruit of 21 years of ANC and Communist Party ideology.

What about the EFF?  It does not govern anywhere, but its policies are modelled on those applied in Zimbabwe: There, they have been so effective that 80% of the population is unemployed. That is, 80% of the population that has not migrated to South Africa.  Once-productive farms lie idle, used as weekend retreats by the elite, while the people who used to work the land, starve.

Yet there are local examples of what can be achieved.  The Western Cape has one of the fastest growing economies in the country, a substantially lower unemployment rate than the national average despite high inward migration, and a Gini coefficient lower than South Africa's (making it more equal than the rest of the country). It was not always so. The pattern of higher growth, lower unemployment, and greater equality, is replicated in the Gauteng municipality of Midvaal. Both areas are governed by the Democratic Alliance.

There are municipal elections next year. Will you work and vote for positive change, or more of the same?

Odd Jobs

When things contract, they get smaller; when they expand, they get bigger.

–Shouldn't a "building contractor" rather be called an "building expander"?

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, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Pure Motion Studio, has moved from Morningside Shopping Centre to 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Now inside HFPA (Health & Fitness Professionals Association) gym. A wellness programme including Pilates, Personal Training, TRX Suspension Training, Lifestyle training & eating programmes.
  • Kelly's Nails & Beauty, shop 42 in Morning Glen Mall, is under new management.
  • Animal Pharm in Morning Glen Mall has changed its name to Absolute Pets.
  • Samsung Service Centre (All Electronics) has relocated to The Wedge Shopping Centre, 255 Rivonia Rd, Morningside, from Lower level in Woodmead Commercial Park – Expert repairs to all makes of electronic equipment. Samsung and Sanyo service.
  • Barista Emporium, Shop LL12, Basement in Sunninghill Village – Inside Fightfit Militia. Coffee and Health bar.
  • bbq Workshop, Ground in Rivonia Village – Restaurant with wood-fired oven: Pita, souvlakia, grills, ribs, chops, salads.
  • Health WakeUp, Shop 06, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – "Health" products, "detox and cleansing". Opened 17 October. Discounts on some products and treatments until 31 December.
  • Café Tavia, Rivonia Boulevard 329 in Rivonia Area Shops – Bakery and coffee shop, on Rivonia Boulevard opposite Rivonia Village.
  • Taiwan Café, Rivonia Boulevard 329 in Rivonia Area Shops – Chinese food: Rice dishes, soups, side dishes, noodle dishes, Taiwan street food.
  • Wellness Warehouse, Shop L07, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Health-food shop inside Morningside Pharmacy.
  • Morningside Toys, Shop L12, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – A small toy shop selling small toys.
  • ZUI, Shop U16, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Ladies' clothing.
  • Love Fish, Shop U27, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Fish & Sushi "Experience", probably including food.
  • The Hussar Grill, Shop U51, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Grills and mainly meat dishes, with commensurate prices. Snacks and starters.
  • Saravanaa Bhavan, Upper Level in Rivonia Junction – Indian Vegetarian Restaurant chain, finally opened 22 October.
  • Pureberry, in Morningside Shopping Centre – Kiosk under the escalators. Frozen yoghurt, healthy fresh juice, smoothies.
  • Sticks and Stones, Shop U20b, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Chiropractic, Facials, Massage, Micro-Needling, Peels, Physiotherapy: See next entries for details.
  • Dr Marie Rosenberg, Chiropractor, in Sticks and Stones in Morningside Shopping Centre – Chiropractic, inside Sticks and Stones.
  • Physio On-Site, in Sticks and Stones in Morningside Shopping Centre – Physiotherapy.
  • MySkinSpa, in Sticks and Stones in Morningside Shopping Centre – Skin Specialist: Facials, Massage, Micro-Needling, Peels.

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

*** Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina at Garden Court Morningside, cnr of Rivonia Road and Cullinan Close,  Morningside

This restaurant replaces Pappachino's, as the franchisee decided to take over the restaurant and rebrand it.  There are some excellent options and it is Banting friendly.  Service was excellent and our waiter, Sonny, engaging.  They are also very open to feedback, which we gave.

We had starters - small appetites do starters well!  Even so, the excellent Calamari and Scallop salad defeated me.  Lunch the next day was covered! Rick's Chorizo sausage was overcooked and rather chewy, accompanied by an over-dressed salad that had too much bitter rocket for his taste.  Appletizer and Boschendal Blanc de Noir well chilled were our drinks.

This place is very child friendly.  We will go again and definitely recommend it for an evening meal.

Contact Details for Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina.

Funny Language, English...

The prefix, "re" means to do something again (redo, repaint, reframe).  How come "rebuff" doesn't mean "to buff again"?

Visit Versus Paint Specialists for Free Paint Advice

Shop 14, Morning Glen Mall, inside Sensational Blinds & Flooring, Lower Level next to the escalators.
Free colour consultations and paint advice (by appointment only): Call 011 885 3136.

Passed On:  Back to top

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.  Basic salary, generous commission, and the prospect of growing with the company.   e-mail us your CV.

Had a row about it?

Julius pulled a muscle and has given up rowing.  He now says it is "oarful".

Green Tip:   Back to top

No more singing in the shower, please!  We are entering a drought and have been asked to save water.  Set a timer and see if you can shower more quickly.  If you bath, share it with somebody nice.

Elon Musk's Tesla electric car company is slow in getting to Africa, although they have a presence across North America and Western Europe, eastern China and Japan, and even in eastern Australia.  We are looking at importing some of their amazing vehicles to South Africa: would you be interested? (e-mail us) Hint: You will need lots of money.

On November 30th, world leaders will walk into the negotiating halls in Paris to discuss prospects for a global climate deal. is mobilizing to persuade them to sit down to talk with a clear demand from the people ringing in their ears: Add your name to the petition to world leaders calling for keeping 80% of fossil fuels underground and building a just transition to renewable energy by 2050.

Click here to join Global Climate March actions across the world.

Traffic Disruptions   Back to top

Following hard on the heels of so-called Ecomobility month, the 19th annual Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge takes place on Sunday, 15 November 2015. This is the second-largest mass participation cycling event in the world, with approximately 34,000 cyclists clogging the streets of greater Johannesburg. As a result, various roads throughout the city will be closed from 04:30 to 17:00. There is a TomTom interactive map on the Cycle Challenge website that is designed to assist residents and motorists to avoid the road closures.

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Overheard at the Checkout last November around Guy Fawkes – or was it Diwali?

"My neighbour is so inconsiderate.  He came banging on my gate after ten o'clock last night!"

"He woke you up?"

"Fortunately not – by a stroke of luck, I was letting off my fireworks at the time."

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