Megaplex Newsletter 2017 October: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – October 2017

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
Civic 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
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre
Chilli on Top Centre
The Core

Dreading that Wedding Speech?
Yes, you too can Speak in Public!

Learn to speak in a relaxed, fun environment. Meet at 18:45 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at Morningside Country Club, de la Rey Road, withh Transformers Toastmasters. Call 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

Shopping Centres in Central Sandton:
Grayston Shopping Centre
Atholl Square Shopping Centre
Sandhurst Centre, Rivonia Rd

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
Sandton Court
Benmore Gardens
Shops in the Morningside Area

Almost all of us will one day need a blood transfusion

– Yet only 1% of people donate blood!

Make a difference to society! Donate 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

We are open 7 days a week and offer “Fresh Haircuts”! We also have other value-added services and specials. Please call 011 803 5015 for more information. We are down in the lower level in the main block down the escalators. Plenty of parking in the Basement in Sunninghill Village. For more, email Fay.

OUTA Reports Back

The latest supporters newsletter from OUTA, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse, focuses on state capture and Eskom, including:

  1. A Note from Chairman Wayne Duvenage: Every month at OUTA, the levels of energy appear to reach new heights, as we break new ground with positive achievements changing South Africa's future. Civil society is making huge strides...
  2. The state capture gang are on the run: South Africa is turning against state capture, as business leaders take a stand against the corrupt and OUTA wins an order freezing key Gupta funds... 
  3. Eskom price application: help OUTA stop this: "We ask our supporters to send NERSA their comments on Eskom's application, attend the hearings to oppose it and, if you can't get into the hearings, protest outside the venues at the public hearings," says Ted Blom, OUTA's Portfolio Director for Energy.
  4. Eskom’s 20% increase is even higher for you and risks 137 000 jobs: If Eskom's price application is approved, your electricity bill will rocket way more than 20% and hundreds of thousands of jobs may be lost. Eskom's proposed increase to municipalities is 27.5%....
  5. Those e-toll SMSes keep coming: OUTA's supporters are still reporting getting text messages about unpaid e-toll bills from debt collectors. You'll find OUTA's advice about the e-tolls and the debt collectors here...

Contributing supporters of OUTA will fall under the "E-Toll Defence Umbrella", which means that OUTA will fight your case if you are prosecuted for non-payment of e-tolls.  More here about becoming a supporter.

Odd Jobs

"Never be hasty to find faults", was a favourite saying of my late father --a wonderful companion, but a poor geologist.

Furnished Room to Let in Morningside Manor

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New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Bookdealers of Rivonia (formerly Gallo Manor) moved from Morning Glen Mall and reopened on 9 October at 40 Wessel Road, Rivonia, off 12th Ave (listed in Rivonia North Shops): Book shop: Large variety of publishers' overstocks (remainders), extensive and interesting selection of rare and out-of-print, and second-hand books.
  • Wingate Computers has moved from the Ground level to 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Computer sales and repairs. Computers, Games, Hardware, Software, Keyboards, Mouse (mice), Anti-virus, Laptops, networking.
  • Minuteman Press has moved from the Ground level to 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Printers. Full service printing & copy centre, Brochures, Letterheads, Business cards, Rubber Stamps, Graphics designs.
  • Le Creuset, Shop G01, F: Main Square in Hobart Grove Centre – Cookware. Trading Hours Monday-Saturday 09:00-18:00, Sundays & Public Holidays 10:00-15:00. Not open yet, opening date not set yet.
  • Master Maths (Suite 2), 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Professional mathematics tuition for grades 4 to 12. Fully bilingual / volledig tweetalig.
  • Dr Saskia Schwabe, DBS (Wits) (Suite 6), 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Rivonia Family Dentists. General Dentistry, Teeth whitening, Paediatric Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry. Open mall hours.
  • Gauteng A-Z Locksmith, Teasers Centre in Rivonia Area Shops – Key cutting, sale and programming of remote controls, opening cars, houses, safes. Locks, ignitions, door locks, boot locks. 344 Rivonia Boulevard (Teasers Centre, on the parking lot).
  • Lostland Escape Room, Shop 11, Rivonia Centre, 369 Rivonia Boulevard in Rivonia North Shops – Physical adventure games see players locked in a room to solve puzzles to free themselves, while racing a time-limit of 60 minutes. Lostland requires logical thinking, with physical and intellectual aspects. Ideal for team building or a family adventure! Open every day (including public holidays) 09:30–21:30.
  • Monkey Bluz Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Shop 7, Rivonia Corner, 362 Rivonia Boulevard in Rivonia North Shops – On Rivonia Boulevard, next to the Friendly Supermarket corner 11th Avenue. Up-market restaurant and bar, replacing Rocket Restaurant.
  • Seattle Coffee Company, Euro Centre, 363 Rivonia Boulevard in Rivonia North Shops – Coffee, tea, and beverages of all kinds. Muffins, tarts, other snacks.
  • Spice Kitchen, Shop G10, Ground in Rivonia Junction – Bunny Chow, curry and rice, burgers, samoosas, curry wraps, roti, hand-cut chips (plain or masala). Catering and large orders. Order via UberEats or OrderIn.

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Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

***** Polpetta, 90 Degrees on Rivonia, Rivonia Road cor Kelvin Drive

I'm sure we go here too often because of the great food and service! Their fruit cocktail was pronounced good and their house Chardonnay went down well. This time I choose Mussels - they were plump and tasty. The hake was also declared good.

Patience was our attentive waitress. Great atmosphere and the manager is always on hand to follow up.

Contact Details for Polpetta Pizza & Pasta.

***** The Hussar Grill, Morningside Shopping Centre

We were feeling in celebratory mode after some really great orders came through so this was a real treat! This chain of restaurants started in Cape Town in 1964 and has slowly spread its wings around the country! Fannie, our waiter, told us this.

Drinks were Appletizer and Laborie Chenin Banc plus a single espresso much later! Food was a rump steak with spinach, done blu as requested, and a Hussar Burger. What a joy to have perfectly prepared food, real table linen and great service. Definitely a "grown-up" restaurant for special occasions, with prices to match.

Contact Details for The Hussar Grill.

Funny Language, English...

Adolescence: The period of life between puberty and adultery.

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  • Browns Restaurant in Rivonia Area Shops – Moved from Edenburg Terraces, 21 Wessels Road (southwest corner of 10th Avenue) Rivonia, to 31 Mulbarton Road, Lonehill. New phone: 060 946 9975.
  • The Bike Basement, Shop 10 in Rivonia Crossing 2 – a showroom of quality global cycling brands. Workshop offering pre- and post-race service, major/minor service – MTB/Road, bike builds, tubeless conversion, wheel builds, wheel truing. Was Building B.
  • Rivonia 24-hour Locksmith in Rivonia Area Shops – Rivonia Boulevard (Teasers Centre, on the parking lot): Taken over by Gauteng A-Z Locksmith.
  • Taiwan Café in Rivonia Area Shops – Chinese food: Rice dishes, soups, noodle dishes, Taiwan street food. Open daily 11:00-15:00 and 16:00-20:00. Closing on 15 October 2017. Was 329 Rivonia Boulevard.
  • Dr Akabor (Suite 6) in Rivonia Village – Dentist. General Dentistry, Teeth whitening, Paediatric Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry.
  • Ultimately, Block 2 in Rivonia Oriental City – Recruitment Agency.
  • Love Fashion Boutique, Shop FF15 in Rivonia Oriental City – Evening wear.
  • The Sweet Fountain in Rivonia North Shops – Cool drinks, snacks, chips, cigarettes, popcorn, Lotto.
  • All About Fish, Shop 3 in Rivonia North Shops – Your local fresh fish and seafood shop, with a small restaurant section (eat in or take away). Corner Rivonia Boulevard and Eleventh Avenue.

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Whining and Dining

Julius was still at the restaurant having trouble with his soup:
"Waiter, this spoon doesn't work!"
"Sir, what is wrong?"
"The soup just runs out!"
"Here, sir: Turn it over."

Civic: The new David and Goliath story (with an even better ending!)

The on-line petition and activist site with over 45 million members, Avaaz, writes: "It's unbelievable -- we're beating the biggest Goliaths of our time, forces no one thought it was possible to take down!  In just the last weeks we helped with:

  • a u-turn on Brazil's corrupt President's plan to destroy a swath of Amazon forest the size of Denmark!
  • a court order stopping Donald Trump from destroying internet privacy
  • a UN investigation into the atrocities in Yemen despite vicious Saudi Arabian opposition
  • a major government review of climate-change denier Rupert Murdoch's bid to dominate UK media
  • $1.6 million for Rohingya rescue and relief
  • pushing back the far-right in Germany
  • kicking misogyny out of the EU parliament

"These are fights no one thought were winnable. More than once they told us not to try, that the people in charge were too big and powerful. And yet...we've done it! Our movement is writing a new David and Goliath story -- one where millions of Davids, armed with our faith in the power of people's voices, change the course of history one campaign at a time..."

Free Webinar: How Does POPI Apply to Your Business?

The second most common question small business guru Peter Carruthers fields regarding the POPI (Protection of Personal Information) Act is "How does this apply to me?". This is usually asked by freelancers and one-person businesses.

The bottom line is that small players are far more likely to lose personal information than our corporate peers. Big firms have solid computer systems and robust manual procedures to make sure that their staff play nicely. For instance:

  • They have structures to prevent staff from dumping personal data onto a USB memory stick. Most of us smaller folk are too trusting to enforce that, but we shouldn't be.
  • Their backups are locked in safes or vaults. Ours are typically kept in a drawer in our desk.
  • They have IT departments monitoring password quality to protect from hackers. Most of us use just one password for every login we do.

This Act aims to make sure that if we keep personal information (about prospects, clients, suppliers, and staff) then we must have some semblance of protection in place.

You can sign up for free training on POPI starting any Tuesday. This is the same training you can get from any of the many training providers. Except that this is free, while theirs starts at R1500 and heads up to R25,000. That's because he is leveraging the Internet rather than dealing with the costs and risks of hiring a physical venue.

On Tuesday, 17 October, at 8 PM. It's free: Click here to join Peter online. Please share this with any business owners you know. This is vital info which is not reaching enough of us.

Overheard at the Checkout

"How are you finding South Africa?
"Strange.  For example, all ze dogs are named 'Voertsek', but vhen you call zhem, zey run away!”

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