Megaplex Newsletter 2020 April: Not Shopping in Sandton

Not Shopping in Sandton – April 2020

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter! We alert the up-market stay-at-homer 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


Lessons continue online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Speak Better
–Get Promoted!

Learn public speaking in a relaxed, fun environment at Mariswe Toastmasters:
Meet Tues 28 March 2020 at 17:45 for 18:00 online via Zoom. WhatsApp Rick on 082 389 3482 or email us

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

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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

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

Covid-19 Closure, 27 March - 30 April 2020

Due to the national State of Disaster declared by the President, only essential services are operating.  These include police stations, supermarkets, pharmacies, doctors and vets (often with reduced hours) and internet-based businesses.  We suggest that you telephone or email to find out if a business is open.

Update on Lockdown

With lockdown in place since the last newsletter, our visits to shopping centres have been drastically curtailed.

We can report that in Morning Glen Mall, the only shops open are Food Lovers Market upstairs and, on the lower level, Clicks, Absolute Pets (for pet food only) and Pick 'n Pay Supermarket. All other shops are not open for Lockdown. This includes Woolworths, Capitec Bank, the Post Office, and Postnet.  In 90 Degrees on Rivonia, only the Spar is open –and now cannot sell precooked food or even bake bread on the premises.  That's possibly due to Eusebius McKaiser blabbing on Radio 702 about Woolworths' roasted chicken!

The larger shops are taking social distancing seriously.  Most have marked out separation lines at the tills, and some at their entrances too.  Clicks still has no face marks for sale.  Superspar at The Wedge has reduced "Traiding Hours" (picture).  Spar Tops and all other bottle stores are closed as required, to the great regret of some.

It seems that police (not that we've seen any in Morningside) don't want couples sitting next to each other in cars, even if they sleep next to each other at night.  How odd.  Perhaps we should teach the dog to drive, and both sit in the back seat? (Update: I have been reminded that the dog is under 18, and hence not eligible for a licence)

What with other spirits being unavailable, one needs a sense of humour to keep one's spirits up.

However, for many, the poor in particular, lockdown is no laughing matter.  Last night, President Ramaphosa announced far-reaching relief measures.  Will they be  far-reaching enough to reach those that need them?  Instead of disappearing into the pockets of the corrupt?

We wish our readers good health and survival through the pandemic.  Further down we have some ways to grow (other than fat) during Lockdown.

Odd Jobs

If government issues a proclamation preventing the sale of all bedding, is it a "blanket statement"?

Furnished Morningside Cottage to Let, 1 June

Roomy garden apartment with double bedroom, bathroom, split-level lounge-dining room, kitchen, patio, garden and secure carport.  Uncapped Wi-Fi.  Carpeted, fully furnished and serviced including laundry. Close to shops and ideal for self-quarantine.  Walking / jogging trail on the property.  Call 082 389 3482, e-mail us, or click here.

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Riverside Pharmacy has changed hands and is now Clicks Riverside Pharmacy as of 1 April 2020: Ground in Riverside Shopping Centre.

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Restaurant Review Memories by Judith Back to top

Remember "restaurants"?  Here are two reviews from way before the shutdown:

**** Doppio Zero Bryanston, Hobart Grove Centre, Bryanston: 12 January 2019

Newly opened replacement for Junipa, unfortunately, it is a very noisy venue. Our waiter was Prince and service was good. Appletizer and Chardonnay were ordered, Then I chose the Salmon and Avo sandwich and my partner the Chicken Caesar Salad.

Worth going to if you're not worried by noise!

Contact Details for Doppio Zero Bryanston (closed during lockdown).  Back to top

***** Pappadums, Morning Glen Mall, Morningside Manor: 13 April 2019

As always, our favourite place and Sharon knows our needs! Tried Doolhof Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc for the first time and can recommend it. Lassi Mango is my partner's favourite drink here. A medium Chicken Tikka and a mild Dal Tadka were enjoyed as well.

Contact Details for Pappadums (closed during lockdown).  Back to top

Funny Language, English....

Now, if you run out of something, you can't always run out and buy more.

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Awakened to Eternal Life?  Back to top

As mentioned, most businesses are shut at present. We sincerely hope they will reopen.  Here are a few that won't:

  • Pandora, Shop 11 in Morning Glen Mall – Ladies' clothing, bags, shoes, boots, and accessories. Next to the Pick n Pay entrance. Closed suddenly at start of Lockdown.
  • Baby Hotel listed in Morningside Area Shops – specialized crèche for babies from birth to three years. 124 Kelvin Drive, Morningside.
  • Dental Surgeon, Shop L05 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre.
  • ISSD - International School of Skills Development, Shop L09C in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Information Technology Training: Microsoft Office, A+ and N+, ITIL Management, Customer Service and Management. Computer and Security Guard Training.

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Thought for the Day:

"If a fight breaks out in every bar you're going to, the problem might be you." – Lori Gottlieb.

Ways to Improve During Lockdown:

It is said that one shouldn't waste a good crisis.  With that in mind, what are you doing to emerge as a better person?  If you are reading this via email, chances are that you have internet access.  Here are some things you can do:

Study Stoic Philosophy

In the public mind, the term "stoic" generally means "bearing misfortunes without complaining or showing emotion".  Sounds like something we could use right now?  However, Stoic philosophy is much more.  It is hardly passive, but rather an action-orientated way of living a virtuous life. It is well suited to life today, even as it was to the ancient Greeks and Romans who originated it: People like Epictetus, Seneca and Emperor Marcus Aurelius.  Later proponents include the American Founding Fathers. It is used today by film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, author Ryan Holiday and podcaster Tim Ferriss.  Find out more by subscribing to the Daily Stoic email.

Getting Fat?  Instead, Get Fit, Have Fun & Feel Fabulous

You can do this in your the privacy of your home with the help of an online course: Belly Dancing.  The words conjure up images of the exotic: Of far-off places filled with mystery and adventure. And this is only one facet of this beautiful and exciting dance. The real adventure is a far more personal one: one that is available to almost every woman who is willing to explore the beauty and mystery that is within her.  Your accomplished coach, Charlotte Blignaut, will help you explore this path of fitness, poise, and empowering self-discovery: Special discount during Lockdown only.

Join Toastmasters

Many people are afraid of speaking in public.  For some, it is their number one fear, even ahead of death.  That means that, at a funeral, they would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy!  Yet you can hardly avoid being asked to "say a few words".  When you defend your thesis, ask for that first date, propose, get married, ask for a promotion, ask a customer for the job, get asked for a report on the project... the opportunities are endless, either to cock it up, or to emerge a winner.    We admire great orators.  Yet they were not born that way.  Public speaking is a skill that can be learned.  Next to your career itself, it is the biggest way to advance yourself in life.  Toastmasters is a worldwide organisation where you can become adequate, then good, then great at speaking in public.  It provides a safe, non-judgemental environment to practice, following a structured path.  Toastmasters clubs countrywide and internationally are now operating online: A wonderful opportunity to make new friends and contacts.  email for an invitation.

Learn Excel Macros

A lot of us use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, for anything from recipes to minutes to accounts to engineering calculations.  There is magic to even a simple =SUM formula that automatically recalculates when the input numbers change.  But Excel can also become a drudge: Repeating the same actions day after day, week, and month can make you hate it.  What if you could record a repetitive action, and simply play it back the next time, much faster?  You can.  It's called Excel Macros.  Recording is just the beginning.  You can then change the macro, for example, to repeat for all cells in a range.  However, there are pitfalls. That is why it helps to have a guide.  Discounted by over 75% for Lockdown, this online course will get you started: Quick 'n Easy Turbo-Start Excel Macros.

Some More Resources

An offer of Pro Bono support for leaders in transformation from Charlotte Blignaut.

Forbes article on The Case for Collaboration, now more than ever.

Peter Carruthers's FREE CrashProof your Business Course. This outlines what you face if you close during this time, and how to deal with the fallout.

To make sense of the torrent of news (and misinformation), join Peter's Small Business Coronavirus Fallout Support Group on Facebook.

Breathe for Life: breathing and posture, enhancing lung capacity and releasing less-desirable aspects of Ego: The yoga "Breath of Fire".

Do you have no "invisible means of support"? There is a community for the non-religious: Chat to your fellow secularists on Telegram.

Overheard Nowhere Near the Checkout

"The back of this couch is in poor condition."

"How about if we put it up against a wall?"

"And shoot it?"

Your name in print!  Would you like to contribute a lockdown tip, a less obscure joke, or something else for this Newsletter?  Please e-mail us.  You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity).  Reach 5,585 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter!  Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.

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Newsletter Issued 22 April 2020 – Page Last Updated: 23 April 2020. – Contact us.