Megaplex Newsletter 2020 June: Not Shopping in Sandton

Shopping a Bit More in Sandton – June 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 23 June 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

Do You keep repeating the same actions in Excel?

Stop wasting precious time!
Save an hour or more a week: Get your life back.  How?

Learn simple Macros: Record the repetitive action once, repeat it fast with a single keystroke whenever needed!
Our Turbo-Start Excel Macros course is now online for a limited time priced less 75%!

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 Room to Let, 1 July 2020

Single Room with half-bathroom (shower, basin, toilet), in house in Morningside Manor.  Wi-Fi.  Carpeted, fully furnished and serviced including laundry. Close to shops, bus routes, and Gautrain bus.  Call 082 389 3482, e-mail us, or click here.

Update on Lockdown

With lockdown in place since the last newsletter, our visits to shopping centres have been sparse.  Below we have a few changes that caught our attention. With hairdressers and beauty parlours allowed to open this week, we hope to be able to report that most of them have survived.  We wish our readers good health and survival through the pandemic.  Further down we have some ways to grow (other than fat) during Lockdown.

Municipal Increases - Official Call for Public Comment

Despite unsettling economic times, several municipalities have proposed significant rates and tariff increases across the board in their budget. Luckily, they have invited you to comment on the increases before implementation.

Increases are above CPI and applied to water and sanitation, electricity, refuse removal, property rates and an increase in salaries across the board. Furthermore, an additional R200 capacity charge on residential pre-paid electricity (R400 for businesses) alongside no Covid relief of any sort, has been proposed.

Comments done directly with government cannot be tracked or recorded – resulting in you blindly trusting that their decisions are an accurate representation of the participation.

We urge you to comment through DearSA's platform by clicking this link:
1. doing so enables DearSA to record indisputable evidence of the public participation, independent of government,
2. your comment is immediately delivered to the official government channel in the legally accepted format, and
3. DearSA's system is able track if government reads your submission.

DearSA's records form a solid foundation of evidence for a legal challenge, should it be necessary.

This is not a petition. It is a mandated policy formation process which government is legally obliged to follow. Your input carries significant impact on the outcome of this issue.  Mass participation from South Africans is essential in order to influence these changes. Please have your say now.  Thank you for being an active and responsible citizen.

Odd Jobs

A funeral is the easiest place to give a speech, Why? You just need the introduction and the conclusion –the body is there already.

Do You keep Repeating the Same Actions in Microsoft Excel?

Stop wasting precious time! Save an hour or more a week: Get your life back. How? Learn simple Macros: Record the repetitive action once, repeat it fast with a single keystroke whenever needed! Our Turbo-Start Excel Macros course is now online at a reduced price during lockdown –less 75%.

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Protea Home, Shop 16, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – Opened Sat 13 June, where Solomons was. Soft toys, plastic toys, plastic flowers, pots, crockery, platters, torches; an amazing array of varied items for the home.
  • Mi-Bella Beauty has left Morning Glen Mall and is now a mobile service provider. Nails, Facials (Nimue, Environ), Manicure, Pedicure, wax, tinting, lash extensions, massage, Gelish. Acrylic tips. Make up.
  • Dr T Fletcher - Ophthalmic Surgeon has moved from H09 Hobart Grove Centre to Bryanston Place Office Park, 199 Bryanston Drive, Bryanston.
  • Barazza Restaurant (B04 (C01?)), on Hobart Road in Hobart Grove Centre – "Barazza" means "meeting place" in Swahili. The menu celebrates cross-continental cuisine, inspired by the owner’s passion for pairing unique flavours.
  • Autospa Car Wash, Basement in Hobart Grove Centre – Open every day 7:00-18:00.
  • B Bridal House in Hobart Grove Centre – Bridal gowns, clothes for a black tie event, elegant matric dance dresses. Sizes from XS to XL. Limited stock (one of each dress). Book an appointment.
  • Cutting Room in Hobart Grove Centre – Professional hairdressers, highly creative personalities, and a salon experience that stands out from the crowd.
  • Fineline Solutions in Hobart Grove Centre – Custom design, manufacture, fabrication and installation of sliding doors, internal organisers and wall display units.
  • Les Créatifs Restaurant in Hobart Grove Centre – The first of its kind in South Africa: fine dining, world-class wine list, cocktails, visual art, outstanding décor, interior design and ceramic art.
  • Rakoma Travel in Hobart Grove Centre – Travel agency providing affordable, personalised travel management services to clients. Services Include Flights, Accommodation, Car Hire, Visa Assistance, Corporate Travel.

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): Vehicle Licence form, 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.

Restaurant Reviews Back to top

With restaurants still shut except for take-aways, we have no reviews for you this month.  We had a vegetarian briyani delivered from Taste of India Rivonia. Although we ordered "mild". it tuned out to be uncomfortably hot, and is being eaten  v e r y   g r a d u a l l y.

Funny Language, English....

"These are longstanding problems that have been with us for some time" –Bongani Bingwa on Radio 702, 7 June 2020 (as opposed to longstanding problems that appeared overnight, of course).

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Bereft of Life  Back to top

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

  • Fingers & Toes, Shop 09 in Coachman's Crossing – Nail Studio, Health & Beauty. Nails, Hands & Feet, Manicure and pedicure.
  • Home of Beauty near Bryanpark Shopping Centre – Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in Bryanston, in a quiet and cosy space. Facials, Pedicure, manicure, slimming, chakra balance. Ladies Only.
  • MME Dietitians, Shop Studio B in Hobart Grove Centre – four registered dietitians who provide factually sound and up to date nutrition consultations for individuals, corporate clients as well as to industry and the media.
  • Lunit Vapes, Shop G07 in Hobart Grove Centre – Vaping and accessories. Local Juices, Starter Kits. Open Mon-Thursday 09:30-18:30, Friday 09:30-19:30, Saturday 09:30-18:30, Sunday 09:30-14:30.
  • SA Culinary Club, Shop H12 in Hobart Grove Centre – "We're passionate about food and bringing people together in an environment where they can learn, laugh and cook amazing food while having fun.".

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Thought for the Day:

"No! Try not.  DO!  Or do not. There is no 'try'.” – Yoda, Star Wars.

Are You Holding Your Shield? (from Daily Stoic)

The world has asked a lot of us over the last few months. We had to stop travelling. We had to shut down our businesses. We had to take our kids out of school.

It asked even more of some of us. The doctors who had to work round-the-clock shifts. The nurses who did the same. There are those among us whose businesses will never reopen or whose jobs will never come back. There are some of us who didn’t get to say goodbye to people we loved, who had to watch funerals over the internet.

In a beautiful article a few weeks ago, Steven Pressfield (interviewed here) spoke about how the Spartans —the ancient Greeks whom the Stoics admired so much— would have responded to this kind of collective sacrifice. He quotes Plutarch, who explained why the Spartans punished with death the soldier who dropped his shield but not his other protective gear, “Because helmet and breastplate are worn to protect the individual alone but the shield is borne to protect the whole line.”

“Why are we asked to wear surgical or face masks in public, to practice social distancing, and to observe self-quarantining?” Steven asked. “Answer: Because these practices are not for the individual alone but for the protection of the whole line.”

This moment we are in is a test. It’s a test of your character. It’s a test of your Stoicism. It’s asking whether you just pay lip service to sympatheia, or whether you actually believe it —whether you can embody your philosophy as Epictetus said. Daily Stoic talked about this with John Brownstein, professor at the Harvard School of Medicine: The mask is not for you. Social distancing is not for you. It’s for the grandmother of the person you never met. It’s for the chemo patient. It’s because you might be a carrier and not know it, and so in wearing a mask, you protect the strangers you see and the strangers they see too. In deciding to eat the deposit on your family vacation, to pay for extra sick leave for your workers, to donate to a food bank, you are not helping yourself—you are doing something far more important and more noble.

You are protecting the whole line. And as a Stoic, as a Spartan, as a Citizen of the world, that is your job. Find out more by subscribing to the Daily Stoic email.

Some More Resources for Lockdown

If you do have some spare time on your hands during this ‘lockdown’, Professor Lee Berger’s series of 30min+ online video lectures about the University of the Witwatersrand's incredible hominid collections are proving very popular. Wits holds some of the most precious fossils in the world that point to the origins of humankind. You can watch the lectures at this link.

This could be one of the most important podcasts philosopher Sam Harris has ever done. Especially in the light of the moral and political zeitgeist of America (and the world). He discusses, inter alia, racism, woke-culture, Trump, police brutality/violence, and police reform (in an American context, but applicable elsewhere). Whatever you think about these issues, he articulates important points that are worth considering.

FMF article: COVID-19 lockdown is exacerbating SA's economic woes – Chris Hattingh:
The devastating effects of South Africa's draconian lockdown are playing out in front of our eyes. Implemented on 27 March 2020, the lockdown has piled on misery for an economy that was already taking its last breaths. The myriad nonsensical regulations, amongst which, for example, was the banning of e-commerce, have meant that businesses, employees, and their families, are in a state of limbo. While a global pandemic could be expected to cause significant economic disruption, as people adjusted their behaviour and work patterns, harsh lockdowns and regulations have unnecessarily exacerbated the negative effects.  To read further, please click here.

Near the Checkout

"Masks?  It looks like the Lone Ranger was ahead of his time..."

"Any chance of a silver bullet too?"

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Newsletter Issued 22 June 2020 – Page Last Updated: 20 June 2020. – Contact us.