Megaplex Newsletter 2020 November: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – November 2020

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Contents:
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

Email: michael.kravmaga@gmail.com

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

Wedding Speech? –A Piece of Cake!

Learn public speaking in a relaxed, fun environment at Mariswe Toastmasters: Online on Tue 8 December at 18:00. Call or message Rick on 082 389 3482 or email

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

Non-Religious? Meet other atheists & Humanists online:

The South African Secular Society (SASS) holds monthly social & educational Meetups online during Covid-19. Visit us on Meetup.

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

Shopping in and around Rivonia:
Rivonia Central
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

Make a difference to others!

Lockdown does not stop people needing blood.

Donate at The Colony,  cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall.  Phone:
011 447-6665
011 880-4994

Restaurants:
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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Hello again, Rivonia Central!

In our last exciting instalment, we started looking at what makes the difference between a vibrant, successful shopping centre like Rivonia Village, and a downmarket, poorly-tenanted, clearly unsuccessful one like Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City, previously Rivonia Square, originally "The Cloisters").

Rivonia Village centre is built around an open-air car park. This allows shoppers to park and then walk to the shops they want on the same level. Convenient. They can also have their cars standing in the weather, getting hot in summer and cold in winter.  And having to slog through the rain when it does occasionally rain. Rivonia Central is much more of a indoors centre.  But then, so is Sandton City.

Despite the open-air version seeming less rational even in South Africa, shoppers seem to prefer it.

Can it be that, as South Africans, we long for the outdoors even when we have become city dwellers? You see so many SUVs and four-by-fours that patently never see a dirt road.  Perhaps we like to see the sky, feel the sun and the wind.  If that is so, it would be well.  Maybe we still have some love for the planet we are destroying through fossil fuels and plastics,  Mayhap, even, we also have the will to reverse our damage.

Odd Jobs

French bread is a pain.

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Passing the Hair Salon Event Horizon?

In his book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (the second book in the five-book Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy), author Douglas Adams introduced a concept called the "Shoe Event Horizon".

It is explained thus: "Many years ago, this was a thriving, happy planet – people, cities, shops, a normal world. Except that on the high streets of these cities there were slightly more shoe shops than one might have thought necessary. And slowly, insidiously, the numbers of these shoe shops were increasing. It’s a well known economic phenomenon but tragic to see in operation, for the more shoe shops there were, the more shoes they had to make and the worse and more unwearable they became. And the worse they were to wear, the more people had to buy to keep themselves shod, and the more the shops proliferated until the whole economy of the place passed what I believe is termed the Shoe Event Horizon, and it became no longer economically possible to build anything other than shoe shops. Result – collapse, ruin and famine."

Now look at the number of new hair salons in Rivonia Central listed directly below:  Has the Hair Salon Event Horizon already been passed?  Are we doomed?

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Nu Image Hair, Shop L09, Lower Level in Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City) – "A cut, a touch above the rest". Individual lashes, eyebrow tint, microbonding closures, Peruvian hair, nails, lace wigs. Men's haircut.
  • Bloom & Pastor Cutz Hair Studio, Shop L06, Lower Level in Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City) – "Fresh haircut boost confidence".
  • L&PP Hair & Beauty, Shop L02A, Lower Level in Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City) – Peruvian Hair, Indian Hair, Malaysia Hair. Braids Cornrows. Pedicure - Manicure - Spa Treatment - Waxing Massage - Polish - Screen Treatment etc.
  • Bless The Hair Studio, Shop L16, Lower Level in Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City) – "Celebrity Hairstylist for People". Wig maker, Installations, Braids, Kids plaits, Colour.
  • Star Hair & Beauty Salon, Shop FF13, First Floor in Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City) – Ethnic hair. Gents hair cut, ladies' cut, hair wash, face massage, full facial. Threading too. Open every day 08:30–19:30.
  • Befitting Barber Shop, Shop GB15A, Ground in Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City) – Ethnic men's hairdresser.
  • Jah Corner Shop, Shop L15, Lower Level in Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City) – Clothing, Chalice, Pipes, Bongos, Rizla. Open Sun-Fri 09:30–16:00. Closed Saturdays.
  • Thomarts Gallery, Shop U20G, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Artist-owned contemporary art gallery: African artists including Nkosinathi Thomas Ngulube, Art Director. Art workshops. Exhibition, art curating, art consultancy, art sales.
  • Urban Escape, Shop U23, Upper Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Nails & skin care, facial treatments, skin analysis, peels, pamper hampers, gifts. Use Dermalogica products.
  • Levingers Dry Clean & Shoe Clinic, Shop L02, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Dry Cleaners, laundry. Shoe repairs, leather repairs and dying, alterations.
  • Postnet, Shop L06, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Business Services, Courier, Copies, Laminating, Binding, Mailboxes, Internet, Printing. Trading hours: Wed: 09:00-17:30; Sat: 09:00-12:30; Other Weekdays: 08:30-17:30.
  • Star Showroom, Shop L11, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Unique and quirlky ladies' clothing, hats.
  • Yorkshire Suit & Tailors, Shop L24, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – All your clothing alteration requirements. Cash is not accepted, a sign of the times?.
  • Nitro Health & Nutrition, Shop L27, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Muscle-building supplements and sports nutrition.
  • Run On Clouds, Shop LC001, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Running shoe kiosk near the foot of the escalator. ON Performance Running footwear and Compress Sport Running gear.
  • Party Shop, Shop L10-14, Lower Level in Rivonia Central (formerly Oriental City) – Party supplies, decorations, costumes.

Samsung Censorship?

Trying something new, I dictated the first draft of the editorial above using Samsung voice recognition on my smartphone. It clearly has trouble with my accent from time to time, and has the annoying habit of deciding that certain words for example o*** are swear words! Otherwise it's pretty good. I could be dictating a lot of my WhatsApp text messages in future.

What was the o*** that Samsung took as a naughty word?  Why, that was the "Oriental" in "Oriental City".  Funny that the Chinese use the word themselves, but the South Koreans want to censor it!

Funny Language, Sow Thefrickan English...

"Here is a feather announcement..."

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Thought for the Day:

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Is the National Anthem Unpatriotic?

Moodys and Fitch have further downgraded South Africa's credit rating.

I blame the National Anthem.

With democracy, we got a new flag. But in our national anthem we kept the worst of both old worlds.

Apartheid anthem Die Stem should never have been included.

Neither should Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika: Many love it, but in the Anthem it is unconstitutional. It is a Christian hymn; our Bill of Rights prohibits special treatment for any one religion.  How, in good faith, can a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu, an atheist, sing it?

And what about its contents? "God save Africa", "protect our nation": we will sit on our butts and wait to be saved. Instead of protecting ourselves, we wait for handouts. This attitude has libelled Africa as basket case of the world.

Is it "patriotic" to support this failed idea? Should we teach our children to revere an anthem that promotes victim mentality? Is this inspiring, aspirational, our ideal?

No. Let us ditch our divisive and destructive National Anthem. As with the flag, let us develop a new one.  One not shared with other countries, but unique, as we are. One that inspires us, not to hold out a begging bowl to an imaginary god, but help ourselves unite, celebrate, build, and grow into a great nation.

Overheard Near the Checkout

"These 'Fashion Scatters' I hear being advertised –what are they?"
"Probably like torn jeans now being a fashion item: you scatter litter around and instead of it being ugly, it's high fashion?"

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Newsletter Issued 28 November 2020 – Page Last Updated: 27 November 2020. – Contact us.