Megaplex Newsletter 2019 May: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – May 2019

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review ~ Closed
Civic Tip ~ The Checkout

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 on Top Centre
The Core

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
Epsom Downs
Sloane Square

Shopping Centres in the Woodmead area:
Wendywood Centre
Woodmead Value Mart
Woodmead Super Value
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Dunwoody Centre
Woodlands Office Park
Kelvin Village
The Bridge, Buccleuch
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

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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

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– 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,
Rivonia Restaurant reviews
Sandton Restaurant reviews
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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Cosy bedroom with private half bathroom (shower, basin, toilet). Carpeted, fully furnished and serviced. Shared kitchen, lounge, patio, garden and cats.  Secure parking. Close to shops and bus routes. Ideal for student, newly-employed, or recently separated. Call 082 389 3482, e-mail us, or click here.

Changes at Morning Glen Mall

The revamp of Morning Glen Mall is now in full swing.  The upper level east section where Spur, Pizza and Burger Perfect, and Manor Pharmacy were, has been gutted.  It looks like we will be getting a Food Lovers' Market here, which should give Pick 'n Pay 'n Pay 'n Pay a run for your money.

Spur and Burger Perfect closed. Manor Pharmacy, you will recall, moved to Morning View and has been replaced by a pharmacy in the Clicks downstairs. Pizza Perfect has reincarnated as The Pizza Bar in Sunninghill Village, as mentioned below.

Vilai-Lai Thai Massage has moved to opposite Capitec Bank, while 4give Nail and Beauty Clinic has moved to the middle of the upper level.  Capmor Stationers is unmoved, just somewhat hidden behind a hoarding, as is Natural Effects Hair Design.

Most of the toilets have been revamped. The long out-of-order central lift has been removed entirely, leaving only one lift (opposite Pappadums Indian Restaurant) accessible.

We await further changes with interest.

Odd Jobs

Spare a thought for President Ramaphosa: Sworn in yesterday, sworn at tomorrow.

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New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Pizza Perfect has moved from Morning Glen Mall and become The Pizza Bar in Sunninghill Village – Fast food: Pizzas, pasta, subs (submarine sandwiches), salads, and soft drinks.
  • Morningside 011 by the Baron has become Jozi Gin Local Eatery, Shop 29, Lower Level in The Wedge, Morningside – Upmarket eatery and gin bar in the "industrial style".
  • De La Terra Kitchen replaces Buon Umore in Shop 02 in The Core Sunninghill – Italian Restaurant and Catering. Italian, Mediterranean, Portuguese cuisine. Functions.

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Restaurant Reviews by Judith Back to top

**** Shawnee Spur Steak Ranch, Chilli on Top Shopping Centre, Sunninghill

Our waitress was Precious and she was very good. One disappointment was the lack of Rump steak for the Seniors' menu - listed but not available. I had a pepper burger instead with spinach and my partner had ribs. To drink he tried Castle Free (it isn't really free!) whilst I had D'Aria Sauvignon Blanc. I received my birthday discount. The view across the valley is one really good reason for going to this restaurant!

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**** Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina, Ri'vonia Road, Morningside

A return after a long break! This is a very child friendly restaurant and it was alive with little ones! Drink choices were Brampton Sauvignon Blanc and Castle Free (still not gratis!). To eat, I chose the spicy chicken livers and my partner a California pizza. The chicken livers proved so spicy that I took half home for later! We now are carrying a box for my leftovers!  Prince gave great service.

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Funny Language, English...

A chap recently died, having spent most of his disposable income on Lego blocks. He didn't leave his children much money, but they got a great Legocy.

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Perished:  Back to top

  • Adeomoba Hair Gallery, Shop 17 in The Core Sunninghill – Unisex ethnic hair. Hair extensions.
  • Tandoori Grill Indian Restaurant, Shop 15 in The Core Sunninghill – Samoosa, Tandoori, biryani, curry, chicken, lamb, seafood, vegetable, salads. Licensed bar. Halaal food.
  • Buon Umore, Shop 02 in The Core Sunninghill – Italian Restaurant and Catering. Italian, Mediterranean, Portuguese cuisine.
  • Eurofit, Shop 14 in Grosvenor Crossing – Kitchens and built-in cupboards, vanities and bars.
  • Ross Howard Music (Suite 201) in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Drama. Dance. Modern jazz classes. Tailored music classes to suit your age, style, aims and passion. Was Second Floor.
  • XL@Science & Maths (Suite 212) in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Tuition, support and inspiration to help learners from Grade 8 to Grade 12 to achieve their best in science and mathematics. Was Second Floor.
  • Kinetic Medical (Suite 215) in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Was Second Floor.
  • Fullserve Chartered Accountants (Suite 218) in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Was Second Floor.
  • CPDev - Brydens (Suite 227) in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Was Second Floor.
  • Lexisec Investments (Suite 235) in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Was Second Floor.
  • A Jansen and Associates (Suite 236) in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Was Second Floor.
  • Uniglobe Extreme Travel (Suite 302) in Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Was in Northwest Wing.

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Africa – the Dark Continent:

With the election past, we wait with bated breath for Eskom to resume Load Shedding... In today's power failure in Morningside, Eskom's call centre agent felt obliged to stress that it was "not Load Shedding".

Election Over, Now What?

The People have spoken (those who bothered to register and vote, anyway).

A majority of those voted the ANC back into power.  We may conclude that most are quite happy with sewage flowing in the streets and the rivers, while the plundering of state coffers for personal gain continues unabated.  "Cadre deployment", now known as "state capture" has been party policy since the beginning, and this leopard does not change its spots.

Expect the people who voted the same old ANC back in, to be out on the streets soon protesting about the same old lack of service delivery.  One of the definitions of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

In last night's Cabinet announcement, President Ramaphosa dropped some of the worst of Zuma's enablers, and trimmed the number of ministries somewhat, leaving "only" 57 ministers and deputies.  By contrast, the USA, with over six times our population, manages with a Cabinet of just 17 members.

Overheard at the Checkout

"Did you hear about the retired champion racing driver who just died?"

"Oh... Lauda..."


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