Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter! We alert the up-market shopper and social distancer to the new and interesting in Sandton and Bryanston. This month we look at something you can do to make the world better, shops opened and closed, a rare reader's letter, and more random jokes. Please feel free to support our advertisers! To subscribe, see our subscription page.
My name is Wendy Malpage and I live in Morningside. We’ve lived there for 25 years. I started out as a hairdresser 37 years ago and I’ve been a Salon Owner for 30 of those years. Most of my clients come from the northern suburbs. Now, because I can’t stand much anymore, I only service a couple of clients a week.
Twelve years ago I started a drinks business called Wendy’s Lemonade. My main business comes through schools and big sporting events but we also service around 20 shops. It’s been an incredible business but, like many others during lockdown, it came to a grinding halt. We still service our shops and available markets, providing a small salary for each of my 4 staff members. They have little chance of finding other employment right now.
During lockdown, I noticed the high rate of unemployment and people sitting hopelessly on the side of the road. I heard of many struggling NGO’s in Alexandra. I was feeling sensitive about people at that time because my business was barely surviving. A friend and I ran a food drive and raised R200,000 for NGOs in Alexandra. At the end of it, I still felt a little empty and wondered why.
I later realized that I felt uncomfortable about giving handouts. When people work for something, they appreciate it more, feel a sense of worth, and spend more carefully. Something started driving me to look for solutions.
On my morning walks, I also noticed the rivers brimming with rubble, and many desperate people.
After much thought I came up with a plan to hire people to clean our rivers. I showed people the difference and asked for small donations.
I went to Bowling Avenue and asked a group of people if they would be keen to work for food. I said I had a plan; –not sure if it would work, but happy to try. I asked them to meet at the petrol station the next day if they were interested. Over 100 people arrived.
I had no clue this would work but took a huge leap of faith anyway. Thus Bubele –which means "kindness"– was born.
I started on the Sandspruit at South Road, Morningside. We worked our way down to 8th Ave Rivonia. This is where we’ve stayed predominantly for the last 8 months.
I met Dan Hunt, who is incredible and has been working tirelessly on the Sandspruit for 10 years. I also met his City Zen crew who do an amazing job on the river and in the Rivonia suburb. Dan takes care of the river area from 1st Avenue downstream to approximately the big swing. So I work down from there to 12th Ave Rivonia.
I love walking along the Sandspruit and so made it a mission to try and follow in Dan’s big footsteps.
My plea this year is for your support.
Bubele banking details
When Eskom loses a power generation unit, why don't they look where they saw it last?
That usually works for me with my keys.
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[from Tim Ferriss:] I recently had an epiphany.
It wasn’t in the shower. It wasn’t while meditating under a tree. It was while sitting in the bathroom.
As I held the toilet paper in my hand, I realized that it was single-ply. Clearly, I had long ago decided to save money by cutting this corner. “We are not in a position to indulge in such excesses!” I imagine I might have thought, shifting my shopping gaze from comfy double-ply Charmin to a war-ration house brand of single-ply.
Of course, here’s the problem: single-ply is a fool’s bargain. It’s a translucent sham. If you don’t want to shove your fingers directly into the pit of despair, you need to fold it over itself again and again, defeating any cost savings. And even if you did save $5 per month, isn’t the extra $5 worth trading 30 days of butt-sanding for 30 days of butt-caressing?
To make any headway with this, I first had to look backward…
My family didn’t have much disposable income. We ate a lot of TV dinners, we collected our soda cans for the five-cent redemptions at the beverage store, and we bought books on the discount “remainder” table at the local bookstore. To be clear—I never felt poor, but clear parameters around spending, and clear taboos around money, kept things from falling apart.
And our extreme frugality served a critical purpose at the time: it was important to the well-being of our family.
But now flash forward 35+ years... and read the rest of the article here.
Thought for the Day:
Time management doesn't just happen. It takes an intentional commitment. Much like a diet does. Set your boundaries. Collect your commitments (mind dump). Determine what's essential. Plan each day. Just say No. –Jens Smith, 2021-02-22.
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Funny Language, English....
Who deals with a lack of integrity in the ANC Integrity Commission?
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Trust Legal Sense to Take Your Money and Let You Down!
A "no star" rating: Legal Sense is happy to take our subscriptions, but ask them to do some work and they are nowhere to be found.
We had a tenant who pulled out in violation of her contract. We wanted to recover the loss. First, Legal Sense's Mignonne Vermeulen did her utmost to reduce the amount we were claiming. Then she claimed that the amount was too small for them to go after. Finally, she said, “your matter is not covered by Legal Sense for external assistance”. This was after they had given every indication to us and the debtor that the debtor would be pursued legally.
I complained about this apparent acting in bad faith by Ms Vermeulen, and asked for someone else to deal with it. The owner, Sunette Ansara took it over, saying "I will revert [sic] no later than the 8th of May". May 2020 came and went. Emailed reminders from me on 05 May 2020 14:18, 18 June 2020 20:21, Mon 03/08/2020 11:22 and Thu 06/08/2020 08:55 were read but did not have the courtesy of any reply.
Do not trust "Legal Sense" with your money! If our experience is typical, they will let you down.
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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 5,138 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.