Megaplex Newsletter 2015 July: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – November 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
Civic 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
Thatchers Corner Rhodesian Viscount Disasters book

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 Aves, 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

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.

Focus on the World Climate March

On 30 November, world leaders meet in Paris to start negotiating the next global climate deal.  Previous meetings have produced very modest results.  Meanwhile, climate change intensifies: It now seem unlikely that the world can avoid a 2°C rise in temperature. Africa looks to be more severely affected than other areas.  We are already seeing a drought, with water restrictions here in Johannesburg.

Our leaders need to get a clear and loud message that it is time for brave action to limit carbon emissions and climate change.

Demonstrations in Paris itself have been restricted due to the recent terror attacks.  So, in the days before, people elsewhere around the world will take to the streets and push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy. Together, we can move the world towards a climate deal that gets us off dirty energy and unleashes clean energy for all. Let's make history -- sign up for a Global Climate March event!

There are two events in Johannesburg this weekend:

EarthLife Climate March: Saturday 28th November, 10:00 till 13:00, sarting at West Gate Taxi Rank, Marshalltown, Johannesburg. Hosted by Africa's oldest environmental justice NGO, Earthlife Africa. Sign up here:

Walk for Water, Sunday 29 November, 11:00 till 13:00 in Oriel Park, Kloof Rd, Bedfordview. Water expert Dr Anthony Turton will deliver a speech.  We hope that someone from WaterWise or Rand Water will also be there. Then we plan to form a stream of people walking together to the river in Morninghill. We need sponsors for blue T-shirts to convey the image of a stream of water. Wear hats, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and bring water to drink. We are looking for volunteers to help with this programme including a company to sponsor the shirts, a photographer, and knowledgeable speakers to address the crowd. Sign up here:

To look for an event in your area, go to and enter your city or region.

Odd Jobs

New extra-loud rave venues have opened in Kramerville.  Business is booming...
...booming out over the surrounding residential suburbs!

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

  • Food Lovers Market, Shop 1, Upper Level in The Wedge, Morningside is reopening on 3 December under new (better?) management after a revamp. Fruit, vegetables, spices, sushi, fish, meat (full butchery), cheese, eggs, freshly baked bread, rolls, buns, sticky treats and cakes from their own bakery, and oddities like gilory, kanella, calabash, and madumbies. Small dry goods section. They will peel, slice and dice for you at no extra charge. Wide range of nuts, raisins, and sweets.
  • Reopened after a revamp: Steers Morningside and FishAways Morningside in 90° on Rivonia – Fast Food Restaurants & Take-Aways.
  • 3B Cellular has become Gello Manor Express Cellular (sic), Shop 19, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – 10% discount on all items until 31 December: Cell phone and computer sales and repairs.
  • Calice, in Petervale Shopping Centre – Wine bar, restaurant and take-away. Breakfast, light meals, pasta, pizza, main courses, tapas, dessert.
  • Mimmos Paulshof, Shop 01 in Cambridge Crossing – Italian restaurant: Salads, pizza, pasta, steak, ribs, chicken, calamari, fish, combos, vegetarian dishes.
  • Curry Punjab, Shop U8D, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Indian restaurant and take away. Indian bread, rice dishes, open fire char braai, footlong rolls, Chinese dishes? Chicken, lamb, vegetable dishes, bunny chow, shwarma.
  • Fluffs & Stuffs Pet Shop, Shop U08, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Bird seed, dog food, fish food, cat food, pet accessories.
  • Akhalz Fast Foods, Shop U08B, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Rolls, toasted sandwiches, fries, burgers, platters, roti, kiddies meals, boxes, pizza.
  • Fast Cellular & Electronics, Shop U00, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – All networks, cell phone repairs.
  • New Fashion Salon, Shop L16 in the passage, Lower Level in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre. Gents and boys cut. Ladies wash, cut & set. Threading, waxing, facial and Mehandi.
  • New Fashion Salon next door to The Bridge Shopping Centre in the African Connection Centre, 12 Buccleuch Drive. Gents and boys cut. Ladies wash, cut & set. Threading, waxing, facial and Mehandi.

Restaurant Reviews by Judith Back to top

***** Piza e Vino, The Wedge, Morningside

This is becoming a favourite venue for light and very different lunches.  Their Carpaccio is particularly good and they still do very reasonably priced medium Regina Pizzas.  They also do a very good Squid head special.  The outside deck gives you a wonderful view across Morningside and Gallo Manor –wish more restaurants could boast such views. Altogether, a lovely place for a quiet lunch with good food and good service.

Contact Details for Piza e Vino Restaurant.

**** Pizza Luna, Rivonia Village, Rivonia Boulevard

After a long time away, we returned and were greeted like old friends!  I decided to indulge in Lambrusco, an Italian sparkling wine that I had not had for many years.  It was beautiful.  Rick chose to have mango juice.  My starter calamari were overcooked and quickly replaced, without batter as well.  This time they were perfect although the side salad was more than I could manage!  Rick's Alfredo was pronounced good.

Again a restaurant with a view, albeit of Rivonia Boulevard.  It is pleasant to dine outside and enjoy our wonderful climate.

Contact Details for Pizza Luna and Luna Deli.

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.

Funny Language, Franglish...

"I have said all my goodbyes.  I will now leave without further adieu."

Returned to Sender:  Back to top

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The Dog Also Paddles

Julius's cat thinks he is a canoe --she likes to paddle him.

Shopping Tip   Back to top

Various shops are trying to import the US shopping institution of "Black Friday", and are having sales today, Friday 27 November. Pick 'n Pay supermarkets and hypermarkets are having one-day cut-price sales linked to Black Friday, while Spar and Shoprite are just holding "Sales".

Why "black" Friday?  No, it's not a day when only blacks are allowed in the shops! Some sources (including Wikipedia and the popular hoax-debunking site Snopes) say that the term originated in Philadelphia in the early 1960s, used by the Philadelphia Police Department's traffic squad to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the day after their holiday of Thanksgiving.

An alternative (possibly made-up?) explanation is that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss ("in the red") from January through November, and "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or "in the black". Contrary to some claims, Black Friday did not originate from the sales of slaves on the day after Thanksgiving: It arose long after slavery was outlawed in the US.

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Talk or Die!   Back to top

It is said that many people would rather die than speak in public –though that might depend on the manner of death on offer!  At least, for many, their worst fear is that of public speaking!

Yet every one of us, at some time in our lives, has to address a group; be it a book club, a committee, a board meeting, a group of protesters, a Residents Association, a wedding (your own or a friend's), a funeral (not your own!), a town or city council, Parliament, or the entire country.

Speaking eloquently can get the proposal accepted, can make the wedding a high point rather than a cringe-worthy disaster, can bring applause, can mean a promotion or a raise in salary, can mean that a politician wins the election.

The good news is that public speaking is a skill that can be learned, even by the shyest of us. Moreover, it can be done in a supportive, friendly, and fun environment, at moderate cost. A systematic programme leads you in easy steps from your first hesitant words, through tools like speech planning, impromptu speaking, vocal variety, gestures, visual aids, and self-expression, to mastery of the inspiring speech and beyond.

This programme is called "Toastmasters".  Not-for-profit Toastmasters Clubs exist around the world.  Locally, several Clubs meet at the Morningside Country Club, including Transformers Toastmasters. To visit free of charge as a guest, call Judith Taylor on 082 389-3481 or email

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Overheard at the Checkout:

"I see the Evian is 'Still' Water."

"Of course it's still water!  Did you think it had turned into wine?"

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