Megaplex Newsletter 2019 August: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – August 2019

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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


Monday & Thursday nights, Saturday Afternoons,
at the Serbian Church Hall.
14 Tana Road, Sunninghill.

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 Centre
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Dunwoody Centre
Kelvin Village
The Bridge, Buccleuch
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

Speak Better – Become a Leader!

Learn public speaking in a relaxed, fun environment at Mariswe Toastmasters: Meet Tues 27 August and 10 September at 17:45 for 18:00 in Mariswe House, Hamilton Avenue, Bryanston. Call Rick on 082 389 3482 or email

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,
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

Furnished Morningside Cottage to Let, 1 September

Roomy garden apartment with double bedroom, bathroom, split-level lounge-dining room, kitchen, patio, garden and secure carport.  WiFi.  Carpeted, fully furnished and serviced including laundry. Close to shops and bus routes.  Call 082 389 3482, e-mail us, or click here.

Do You Know? –They are Lying!

Have you noticed how often some people use the phrase "you know" in their speech?  "You know" this, "you know" that, even several times in the same sentence?  What are they secretly telling you?

It's not as if they are asking "do you know (whatever)?" and then waiting for an answer.  If it were, it might be some sort of rapport-building technique, a way to make sure that you are both on the same side.  No, they are telling you that "you know" whatever!  Rather, they could assume that you don't "know", because they seem to be giving you information!

You might even reply, "no, I don't know" or, "assume I don't" and be looked at strangely.  Because the other person is not consciously aware that they are constantly saying "you know"!

That is the key: The phrase is not coming from their conscious mind, but from the unconscious. The blatant contradiction, telling you that "you know" something you probably don't, is meant as a warning.  Their unconscious mind –vastly more powerful and honest than the conscious, but with limited vocabulary– is signalling that what they are telling you is a lie!  Or, at best, a half-truth.

Pay close attention to purveyors of "you know"; you will begin to see where they are lying.

How about you?  Listen carefully to what you are saying: How often do you use "you know" without a question mark?  Are you unconsciously telling others that you, too, are fibbing?

Odd Jobs

At Toastmasters, our members learn to speak sincerely without "ums", "ahs", "ers", "sort-ofs", unnecessary pauses and (you know) saying "you know".

Free Spreadsheets from Software Africa!

These spreadsheets will be e-mailed to you by auto-responder on request.  To use them you need Microsoft Excel (instructions included, but no batteries): Bank Account Reconciliation, Fuel Consumption Record, Rainfall Record, Water Meter Readings, Electricity Meter Readings, Mattress Turning Schedule, John Demartini Savings Calculator, and Quotation System with Bill of Materials: Click Here.

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Furnished Single Room to Let Now in Morningside

Cosy bedroom with shared full bathroom. 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.

Restaurant Reviews by Judith Back to top

***** Bosco Ristorante Italiano, Sunhill Shopping Centre, Sunninghill

A return after a long break, still the warm friendly place with good food that we knew. Smanga took our order. Noble Savage Sauvignon Blanc and hot chocolate plus lasagne and Prawns Grigilia. The latter were so good, I had Tiramisu as my appetite was stimulated. Can recommend!

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***** Pronto Italian Restaurant & Bar, The Colony, Craighall

Blown away by Sipho's attention from the moment I entered! Tried the Fairview La Capra Sauvignon Blanc and sat on the roadside balcony. Was joined by my partner after he had given blood. I had the Smashed Avo on sourdough bread and he ordered the Vivaldi toasted sandwich. The latter has everything - chicken, bacon, cheese etc. and enormous –with chips (not listed on the menu): Why two carbohydrates?

My Smashed Avo was beautifully presented with red pepper and cucumber garnish plus a great slice of lemon. The tomato bruschetta, which arrived as a surprise, were really an appetite stimulant.

This is a place to go to listen to really great jazz and visit their art exhibitions promoting local artists. They also make all their own artisanal breads. This was a truly 5 star experience!

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Funny Language, English...

How come it is grammatically correct to poke someone with a stick, or shoot them with a gun, but not to throw them with a rock?

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Spiritless:  Back to top

  • Chez Girard Cuisine in Naturally Yours Wellness Centre – Cafe, Deli and Catering. Moved from 20 West Road South, Morningside. A top restaurant for truly inspired and gorgeous French food. Outside catering and platters too.
  • Seasons Cuisine in Naturally Yours Wellness Centre – Keto, Paleo, Banting and natural "good clean fair food", largely fresh and organic. Was First Floor Upper.
  • Neo Luxury Bar, Shop 10 in The Wedge, Morningside – Niche fragrances exclusively from Italy and France, local bathroom things (diffusers, lotions, candles, body butter). Was Upper Level right of Avanti Hair-Stylist.
  • Hot Yoga Studio in The Wedge, Morningside – The Wedge Office Block, second floor (opposite The Firm).
  • iThority, Shop 02 in The Wedge, Morningside – IT Training, Learner Management, Workplace Solutions. "Businesses and individuals need to overcome the challenge of mastering the technology they depend upon" –presumably they help with this in some verbose jargon-filled way.
  • Edgars Beauty, Shop U23a in Morningside Shopping Centre – Health & Beauty: Facials, makeovers, cosmetics. Chanel, Blv, Armani, Dior, Issey Miyake, Estee Lauder, Clarens, Aramis, Clinique. Was Upper Level.
  • Abina’s Hair Salon, Shop U44 in Morningside Shopping Centre – New Look African Hair Salon: Relaxing, weave, perm, tinting, locks dreads, braiding, cuts, Caucasian braiding, Brazilian weave. Was Upper Level.
  • Morningside Pharmacy, Shop L07 in Morningside Shopping Centre – Fully-equipped pharmacy and dispensary. Sister shop to Morningside Dispensary at the Wedge. Was Lower Level.
  • Pringle of Scotland, Shop U18 in Morningside Shopping Centre – Exclusive branded clothing for men and women. Opened Nov 2018 in the big free-standing glass kiosk outside Design in Motion, Upper Level.
  • Crystalia, Shop U08 in Morningside Shopping Centre – Crystals, chandeliers, jewellery and handbags. Was Upper Level.

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For Earth Day

Planet Earth! You mean the world to me!

Coming: Special Gardening Feature!

In the Spring a young couple's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of – gardening.

Shopping in Sandton is proud to announce that we have obtained the exclusive services of a renowned gardening expert. Brigadier (Retired) James "Nuke" Killer will write a column and answer your gardening questions. (How we secured his services is a secret, but we are now several bottles of good whisky poorer.)

Retiring from a distinguished military career, Brig. Killer looked for a hobby. He was pleased to discover new uses for his talents for shouting, stomping around, and bossing people. That, with strategic thinking, military tactics, and plain gumption, made a winning combination in the African garden.

Being able to borrow equipment from his cowed former colleagues at the nearby military base also helped. His unique garden rapidly gained prominence. It has featured in top gardening publications to which we are definitely not giving free publicity here.

As the Brigadier says, "Africa is not for sissies, and the African garden is not a place for sissy plants".

We look forward to educating and delighting you with his column in future editions.

Overheard at the Checkout

"Have you no scruples?"
"No –I think the teenagers ate them all..."

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Newsletter Issued 19 December 2018 – Page Last Updated: 29 January 2020. – Contact us.