Megaplex Newsletter 2022 February: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – February 2022

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' entertainment is Toastmasters contest and a good dose of science –including how to extend your healthy lifespan. Want the disastrous State of Disaster to end?  Then say so! There's also our alleged humour.  Please feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

New Shops
Civic Tip
Shops Closed
Inspiration ~ The Checkout

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Links to Other Pages:
Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in Northern Sandton.

Accommodation in Rivonia

Shopping Centres in Sunninghill:
The Square
Sunninghill Village
Sunhill Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre
Chilli on Top Centre
The Core

Watch Polished Speakers Show How It's Done!

View the Speaking Contest at Mariswe Toastmasters:
Tuesday 22 February 2022 at 17:55 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 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

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

Accommodation & Restaurants:
Accommodation in Rivonia,
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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It is Toastmasters Contest Season!

Every year around this time, over 16,000 Toastmasters clubs worldwide hold club speaking contests. We have prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, and speech evaluations. The winners at club level compete at Area level, Division level, and then District level. Those winners compete at Toastmasters International to be the World Champion of Public Speaking. Last year a lady from South Africa, Verity Price, took that title: It can be done.

Visit us online this Tuesday (22 Feb), 18:00–21:00 as Mariswe Toastmasters and Bryanston Breakfast Club run their combined club contests: Register here and please say Rick invited you. .

And/or register for the club contest of 4th Dimension Toastmasters Club on Wednesday 23 Feb, 18:00–20:00.
And/or Sell The Sizzle Toastmasters club contest on Thursday, 24 Feb, 18:30–19:30. No registration needed, just attend with this Zoom link.

Book Review: "Lifespan" by David Sinclair, PhD.

Here's a best-seller about science that reads like a thriller.  A detective story about a world-leading medical scientist chasing down one of the oldest and deepest mysteries of life: Why do we become aged and die?

Dr Sinclair proposes that, instead of treating individually the many diseases that afflict the aged –which he calls "whack-a-mole medicine"–.we should treat ageing itself as a disease, the root cause of the others.

What if that disease is curable?

A genetics expert with over 30 years' experience and laboratories at Harvard Medical School and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, he proposes the "Information Theory of Ageing".  The genome, made up of DNA, is digital, and preserves its information across generations.  Then what differentiates cells?  What makes a liver cell different from a brain cell or a bone cell, while they have identical DNA?  That is done by the epigenome, chemical structures that control what parts of the genome are expressed.  Unlike DNA, the epigenome is not digital but analogue. Like AM radio, it is subject to "noise".  Over time and with stress, it degenerates and is less able to control and repair the DNA.  Like scratches on a DVD, errors accumulate, giving rise to diseases.

The author says that we can "wake up" the natural cell repair mechanism –"polish" the DVD–  by putting our cells through non-lethal crises.  He suggests intermittent fasting, cutting back on sugar and meat, periodic high-intensity exercise, and exposure to heat and cold.

I see a parallel in the teachings of the ancient Stoic philosophers:  Don't be too comfortable all the time, they said; deliberately experience hardship.  You may not live longer, but it will feel like it!

Now there are also drugs that evoke this repair mechanism: Rapamycin, Metformin, Resveratrol, and NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide).  In the next few years, Dr Sinclair expects other therapies. These include the ability to reset the epigenome, effectively cutting 10 to 20 years off our biological age, repeatedly.  If you're alive today, you could live well to 150.  Your children, to 200.  We will grow older in years, but continue to be healthy for almost as long as we want.  This will have profound effects on society and the world.

The book is "Lifespan – why we age, and why we don't have to" by David Sinclair, PhD.  Read it.

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  • Motherland Coffee Company has moved from 353 Rivonia Health & Wellness, directly opposite to Edenburg Terraces in Rivonia Area Shops – Coffee and café fare. Light meals, treats and snacks baked and prepared in store.
  • Popeyes Rivonia Blvd & Costa Coffee, 353 Rivonia Health & Wellness in Rivonia Area Shops – Louisiana Kitchen. Chicken, burgers, handmade strips, wraps, sharing meals, kids meals, signature sides, dipping sauces. Open every day.
  • Therapeia Health in Rivonia Health & Wellness, Shop 1st Floor, 353 Rivonia Health & Wellness in Rivonia Area Shops – Registered Homeopath, M. Tech-Hom (UJ), Reg. No. A10933. Note: Homoeopathy has no scientific basis.
  • Dr Seung-Jee Ahn (2 Louise Terrace), Cnr 12th Ave and Autumn Road in Rivonia North Shops – GP & Physiotherapist.
  • J Space (Pty) Ltd (2 Louise Terrace Unit 2), Cnr 12th Ave and Autumn Road in Rivonia North Shops.
  • Martin's Funerals Rivonia (2 Louise Terrace Unit 7), Cnr 12th Ave and Autumn Road in Rivonia North Shops – Christian funeral services.

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Comment Now on Forced Isolations & Ending the State of Disaster

"dear South Africa" writes:

For two years, South Africa has been under a "State of Disaster," providing a handful of parliamentarians excessive power. We've seen this power used to ban the sale of flip-flops, ready-to-eat meals, alcohol, tobacco and to stop people from leaving their homes after a specific time.

Minister Dlamini-Zuma recently published new regulations that enable medical staff or the police to force you into isolation. The new rules allow medical samples to be extracted from you, and to contain you against your will.

It's terrifying to imagine what laws and legislation our government will propose next.

This is not normal. It's not right. We've had enough, and we want it to STOP.

We need your comment. Then there can be no shadow of doubt that ending the State of Disaster is the will of the people.

Thought for the Day:

Q: What is the noblest dog of all?

A: The hotdog, for it feeds the hand that bites it.

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  • Bodypulse in Naturally Yours Wellness Centre – “Electro Muscular Stimulation” (EMS) exercises your muscles in 20 minutes by applying electronic pulses via electrodes on the skin.
  • Trina’s Trimmers Slimming Club in Rivonia Area Shops – Met Mondays 17:00 in the Tennis Pavilion, Morningside Country Club, Rivonia.
  • On The Court... With Penny in Rivonia Area Shops – Est. 1946: Hand-selected, hand-made gifts, crafts and special things. Was at No. 8, 8th Avenue Rivonia.
  • WAC Formwork Construction (Pty) Ltd (2 Louise Terrace Unit 2) in Rivonia North Shops – Was Cnr 12th Ave and Autumn Road.
  • Nkowa Private School (2 Louise Terrace Unit 7) in Rivonia North Shops – collaborative, engaging, child-centred education to holistically develop Grade 1-7 children. Was at Cnr 12th Ave and Autumn Road.
  • Karibu Wote Restaurant, Louise Terrace in Rivonia Area Shops – African Fine Dining. Bringing you the best of African cuisines from the best chefs. South African, Nigerian, and Congolese dishes. Goat meat, catfish. Weekend buffet.
  • Manhattan Night Club in Rivonia Area Shops – 19 Wessels Road: Was an upmarket Night Club, mainly Wednesday & Friday.

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It is overcast for three days and you miss the sun so much you consider emigrating to Britain.

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Science: How a Fern may have Changed Earth's Climate

From Wikipedia via Tim Ferriss: “The Azolla event is a scenario hypothesized to have occurred in the middle Eocene epoch, around 49 million years ago.  Blooms of the freshwater fern Azolla are thought to have happened in the Arctic Ocean. As they sank to the stagnant sea floor, they were incorporated into the sediment.  The resulting draw-down of carbon dioxide is speculated to have helped transform the planet from a ‘greenhouse Earth’ state, hot enough for turtles and palm trees to prosper at the poles, to the current icehouse Earth known as the Late Cenozoic Ice Age.” .Read more: Wikipedia - The Azolla Event

Overheard at the Toy Shop Checkout

"Where are the Arnold Schwarzenegger action figures, please?"

"Aisle B, back!"

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