Megaplex Newsletter 2024 January : Shopping in Sandton - last chance to fix SA, Mondegreen, plan, study and remember faster, BELA Bill deadline, 5% off supplements, jokes...

Shopping in Sandton – January 2024

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter! We alert the up-market shopper to the new and interesting in Sandton and Bryanston. Below we have your final chance to fix South Africa, another Mondegreen, a way to plan, study and remember faster, and tomorrow's BELA Bill deadline. Get 5% off anti-aging and other supplements with our coupon code.  Our jokes are good and original, even if the good ones aren't original, and the original ones aren't good!  Feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

Welcome ~ New Shops
Inspiration ~ Closed
Civic Tip ~ 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

Is English not your First Language?

Practice it at a Supportive Place!

Morningside Toastmasters meets 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, 18:00 for 18:15 in person at the Morningside Country Club. Next: Thu 8 & 22 February. 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 Humanists & Atheists online:

The South African Secular Society (SASS) holds social & educational Meetups online monthly, and some in person. Visit us on Meetup and chat on the Telegram App.

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

Be The Special One in a Hundred!

needs blood, but few people donate.

Donate at Design and Décor Centre (near Molly Malones), Forest Road off Sunset Ave, Pineslopes, Sandton: Tel 011 465 6441

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.

A Chance to Shift Your Future

Are you enjoying load shedding? Yes, I know, it reminds you of the joys of camping, but without the mosquitoes.

How about Transnet?  They have allowed much of their track to be stolen or damaged. Now PRASA cannot provide a passenger service between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Maybe it doesn't bother you because you have the money to fly?  Or you enjoy driving 1400 km at the current petrol price?

Then there are the Transnet Ports. They are unable to handle the volume of traffic because of lack of maintenance of their cranes.  Perhaps the price hikes in shops due to the standing time, levies, and trucking instead of rail, don’t concern you.

And crime?  Your private security company can’t protect you all the time.  A Rand Water executive was assassinated yesterday at a public event.

This is what a dysfunctional state looks like.

This is the path to a failed state, the likes of Libya and Sudan.

This is what happens when citizens don’t vote.

Or when they blindly support a party that has failed them.

A change in government is essential. This is why it is vitally important for you to vote in the next election.

You cannot vote if you are not registered.

Check your voter registration at the cost of an SMS.  Send your ID number to 32810.

If you aren’t registered, your last public opportunity to register is this weekend, 3-4 February.

Registration stations will be open in your area from 08:00 to 17:00

For more information, visit the IEC website or call 0800 11 8000.

Or skip the queue at voting stations: check your registration and register online via the DA.

Odd Jobs:  Back to top

You have a painful infected tooth? Take Leave of Abscess.

Do You Use Excel?  Making Mistakes is Easy!

Finding errors is hard! But they can kill your company! In 2012, a London Olympics employee accidentally typed in “20,000” instead of “10,000". The Olympic Committee then sold 10,000 tickets for non-existent seats at minor events. They had to upgrade them to major events —at a loss. Get this FREE report on preventing Excel mistakes..

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Apothecary has become The Greenery Café, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Coffee, tea, chocolate, ice blends, smoothies, syrup, CBD and cannabis-related products, "holistic supplements". Fit24 members get 10% off. Free Wi-Fi.
  • First Pointe Dance and Wellness from Rivonia Village has moved to (appropriately enough) the Moove Motion Fitness Club, 1 Kikuyu Road, Sunninghill, near The Core Sunninghill – Rad ballet classes, Pilates, fitness, dance classes for children aged 2+ to young adults; adults (all ages) beginners to advanced.
  • Kumon Rivonia Study Centre was 1st Floor Rivonia Village. Moved to 1A, 10th Avenue, Rivonia in Rivonia North Shops – The mission of Kumon is to aid mainstream education with an individualized program that nurtures capable people.
  • Sandton Fight Club has moved from Sandhurst Centre to Cnr Rivonia & South Road in Morningside Area – Boxing Gym: developing the skill of boxing as a means of increasing core strength, losing weight, learning self-discipline and to relieve stress.
  • Puti Pastry and Tea, Ground in Rivonia Village – Chinese bakery and tearoom. Instagram: @putipastry.
  • Minuteman Press Rivonia, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Printers. Full service printing & copy centre, Brochures, Letterheads, Business cards, Rubber Stamps, Graphics designs.
  • Sabai Spa Massage and Beauty, Shop FFS05A, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Nails, hair, eyelashes. Probably massage too. Above Woolworths.
  • My Basket Supermarket, Shop FF01, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Large Asian supermarket. Japanese and Chinese foods including dorayaki.
  • Kolalux, Shop FF14, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Pawn items or get loans. Sell your luxury items. Buy antiques, collectibles, jewellery, electronics, gadgets, handbags, watches and more. Like Cash Converters for luxury items.
  • H20 International Rivonia, Shop FF15, 1st Floor in Rivonia Village – Bottled water. Water filters, dispensers, coolers, softeners, advanced filtration systems and refills.
  • Head to Toe Beauty Salon, Ground in Sandhurst Centre – Afro hair styles. Hair care, colour & wigs, manicure & pedicure, brow & lash tinting, braiding, men’s haircuts. Deep tissue massage, neck and shoulder massage.
  • Entice Mobile Spa, Ground in Sandhurst Centre – Mobile spa and services at their premises. Corporate events, VIP & individual services, wellness days, sports events, mall activations & expos, conferences and office treatments.
  • Curry and All Foodtruck, Ground in Sandhurst Centre – Parked in the parking area. Durban curry and briyani. All freshly prepared on a daily basis.
  • Moving Feast Foodtruck, Ground in Sandhurst Centre – Parked in the parking area. African street food. Also catering for all functions & events.
  • Exclusive Boutique, Ground in Dunwoody Centre – Odd clothing of all kinds.
  • Tempo Luxury Restaurant, Building A in Rivonia Crossing 2 – High-end fusion cuisine.
  • Gilroy Brewery, Building A in Rivonia Crossing 2 – Beer Garden and brewery under majestic trees. Pub, Beer, Food, Live Music: "Laugh and have a good time.” Welcome to Gilroy’s… Welcome Home.

Furnished Morningside Room to Let 1 April 2024

Self-catering double bedroom with shared bathroom in Morningside Manor.  Wi-Fi.  Newly carpeted, fully furnished and serviced including laundry. Close to shops and bus routes.  R4500/month.  Call 082 389 3482, e-mail us, or click here.

Today's Mondegreen

“Poppadom Peach”.


Correct lyric:

“Papa don’t preach” from Madonna’s ‘Papa don’t preach’.

Here is a Simple, Free Tool That Simplifies Everything

Our friend and mentor, Peter Carruthers, writes:

If you're working on a complex project, with lots of moving parts, lots of information, there is a simple, free way to keep track.

The term for this is Mind Mapping. (Putting onto paper what's floating randomly in your head.) It is the way I plan everything, design courses, read text books, and deal with anything difficult.

This saved my bacon when I first began using the technique in 1974 -on paper- to pass Matric after four years of missing classes.

The free tool I used for years is called FreePlane, and it is awfully powerful. Nowadays, there are hundreds of tools. FreePlane is great to start learning, before spending money.

MindMapping for Business & Study

Seven years ago, I created a 20 minute YouTube video on using FreePlane. 47000 people have looked at it, and the comments are awesome.

Click here to view Mindmapping for Business or Study. (The FreePlane engineers thought it worth posting on their website.)

It's amazing how we're expected to LEARN, but nobody teaches us HOW TO LEARN.

If you know anyone starting school, college, or even a new job. please share this email, or point them to it some other way. This is a fast way to keep all the threads together.

This single tool has revolutionised my life since 1974. I hope it does the same for you and yours.

Peter Carruthers

You know Google is Stupid when...

You Google for "foods high in fibre" and then get a deluge of adverts for fibre telecom lines.

Do You keep Repeating the Same Actions in Excel?

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Ist Kaput:  Back to top

  • Japa Express Sushi Bar in Rivonia Village – Japanese restaurant. Was up the escalator next to Nedbank. Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura dishes, Soup.
  • Barre Body, Shop FF01 in Rivonia Village – Innovative challenging Barre classes and superfood nutrition. Fusion of Pilates, ballet barre work, light weights and cardio. Was 1st Floor.
  • Bodytec, Shop FF13 in Rivonia Village – Personal fitness training with electro muscle stimulation (EMS): 20 minutes training once a week. Was 1st Floor.
  • Spero Wellness Centre, Shop FF10 in Rivonia Village – Educational Psychologist, Dore Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, Physiotherapist, Nutritional Therapist, Homeopath, Reflexologist, Chiropractor Was 1st Floor.
  • Bride & Co and Eurosuit Sandhurst in Sandhurst Centre – Factory Outlet Store in the first building on your left as you enter. Bridal wear and for special occasions. Men's suits. Sales and hire. Still in Rivonia Crossing 2.
  • M&A Jewellers of Rosebank and Diamond Exchange in Sandhurst Centre – Cash loans, pawn cars, coins, art, antiques. Buy and sell gold, silver, diamonds.
  • Pizza Hut in Sandhurst Centre – Casual pizza chain with wide selection, even chocolate pizza!
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Shop 03 in Sandhurst Centre – Cajun Chicken Restaurant.
  • D Chefs in Dunwoody Centre – Take-away restaurant and fast foods.
  • Valia's Café in Rivonia Crossing 2 – Kiosk. Seemed to be associated with Vespa. Was in front of them.

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There is One Day Left to Speak Up About the Controversial BELA Bill

The deadline to give written comments on the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill is 31 January.  That is tomorrow.

BELA wants to bring about comprehensive changes in education. These proposals include:

  • mandatory attendance for Grade R,
  • changing admission procedures for learners in public schools,
  • regulations for homeschooling and registration of students, and
  • government department heads, not school governing bodies, will control language policies and curricula.

Nolu Maki, DearSA spokesperson, says, “BELA has been the subject of heated debates since it was first tabled last year. The National Assembly approved the highly contentious bill in October after the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education adopted it on 26 September 2023. 

“However, the select committee on Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture has reopened the BELA bill, marking a pivotal opportunity for South Africans to voice their concerns and suggestions.” 

DearSA urges you to seize this opportunity to shape the future of education in the country.

Thought for the Day:

Yes and no?  Why not hedge your bets?  Go for yes, no, and maybe.

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Overheard at the Checkout

"Now, this is a lucky coincidence: I see that the Dis-Chem Brain of 702 is sponsored by Dis-Chem..."
"What is fortunate about that?"
"Imagine the confusion if the Dis-Chem Brain of 702 was sponsored by, say, Clicks!"

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