Shopping and Voting in Sandton – April 2014

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review ~ Closed
Green Tip ~ The Checkout

Practical Effective Self-Defence

KRAV MAGA Instructors:
Mike & Walter
SMS or phone 084 211 8888


Witkoppen Rd. Paulshof, above
Car Service City, near Cambridge Crossing.

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

Convenient Conference Café:
From a one-hour business meeting for 5, to a week-long indaba for 42 with all audio-visual aids, coffee and food.
5 Dunwoody Shopping Centre, 147 Western Service Road, Woodmead.

Shopping Centres in and near Bryanston:
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

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

BA (UCT), BA. HONS (Psychology) (UNISA), MA. (Psychology) (WITS)
PS 0119997 ~ PR 05272033


The Health Network
95 11th St, Parkmore
011 784 2903 ~ 083 227 7137

Shopping Centres in Central Sandton:
Atholl Square
Grayston Shopping Centre

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
Benmore Gardens
Shops in the Morningside Area


Restaurants in Rivonia,
Codfather Village of Restaurants,
Restaurant reviews for Rivonia
Morningside Restaurant reviews

Other Places of Interest:
Sandspruit Hiking Trail,
Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop

Pizza Perfect / Burger Perfect - Upper Level, Morning Glen Mall

The "Perfect" place for salads, subs, pasta, pizza, burgers, chips, soft drinks. Open 10:00-21:00 every day. Free delivery of orders R60 and up within 3 km. Nick: 011 656-0652, e-mail

A Time to Vote Wisely – for Gauteng's Future

On 7 May, if you registered, you have an opportunity that you get only once every five years: To choose your Government.

Many voters feel a debt of gratitude to the ANC for being a major force for the end of Apartheid, though not the only one (as some like to put forward).  Sadly, the ANC no longer has the principled leadership it had two decades ago.  Would Madiba have failed to notice a quarter of a billion Rand of state money spent on his private home?  And then have the gall to claim he had not benefited? Would Oliver Tambo have accepted an ANC Government perpetrating another Sharpeville at Marikana?  Would Chris Hani have gone along with eTolls?

Some believe that the ANC will "recall" Jacob Zuma after the election.  Really?  Notice how entrenched his cronies are –they have even been deployed to the Parliamentary Committee that has now sidelined the Public Protector's report– and you cannot possibly believe that!

Today's corrupt ANC is like an abusive spouse: As long as you, the voter, out of your past love, keep forgiving the abuse, it will continue.

It is time to say, "Enough!"

Let us become a proper democracy, where voters vote on the merits of the party, not out of a past loyalty that is not requited, or from racial fear.

Winter is coming! Feeling over-loaded with hair? Let us spruce you up with a clean cut, Tea Tree Head massage or a colour to hide those grey hairs! Visit us any time from Monday to Sunday: 7 days a week! Dads&Lads special from Monday to Fridays only, with a 15% discount when you come together! Lower Level in Sunninghill Village, Sunninghill. Call Fay 011 803 5015 for more info.

What other party merits your votes?

Not voting, or spoiling your ballot, means that you will have no voice in your future. Other people will decide for you.

Smaller parties are an option, but a fragmentary one: Each party gets one seat in Parliament for every quarter of one percent of the total vote that it gets.

The EFF has an economic model based on a failed state, Zimbabwe, and a leader who cannot explain his wealth –wealth that clashes vividly with his professed interest in the poor.

The Democratic Alliance has a track record of improving the Western Cape, Cape Town, and numerous other municipalities including the now most prosperous one in Gauteng, Midvaal.  Where the DA governs, it has opened tender processes to the public, broadened BEE, boosted employment, got clean audits, and spent tax money wisely to better effect than previous ANC administrations.

Those who claim that the DA is a "white party", are living in the past.  Today's DA is the party most representative of the demographics of South Africa, both in its membership and, increasingly, in its leadership.

The choice of Provincial Government for Gauteng is a rare responsibility.  Here it is possible to bring the sitting ANC under 50% if every voter makes the effort.

Give the DA a chance: In the unlikely event that it disappoints, vote it out next time!

Odd Jobs

I changed my optometrist: We didn't see eye to eye.

High-end fashion jewellery. Silver, pearls and gemstones for all occasions.

Shop D9, Hobart Grove Centre, Bryanston. 011 7075268

New on the Block  Back to top

  • Platinum Repairs, Shop 06, Ground in Rivonia Village – Mobile device repair specialists for Apple, Samsung and other leading brands. iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy screen repairs.
  • Pizza Luna, and Luna Deli, Shop 10, Ground in Rivonia Village is being revamped and expanded for the next two weeks but is still open, mostly for take-aways.
  • Rivonia Optometrists in Rivonia Village has moved from Shop 06 to 38, between the escalators and Woolworths.
  • Cartridge Depot, Shop L06a, Lower Level in Morningside Shopping Centre – Suppliers of refills, re-manufactured and new printer cartridges.
  • The newly refurbished FNB, Lower Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre is now open. The entrance is still under construction, so access is through a temporary tunnel. Part of this construction is to create additional outside seating for Café del Sol (who have started shop fitting).
  • Outside Bryanston Shopping Centre, a 16-week upgrade of Ballyclare Drive and Hobart Road has started. To accommodate this, Shell has closed to start their own major upgrade, and will open again in August 2014.

BOSBERAADS/BREAKAWAY DAYS! Chislehurst is the perfect place.

Secure, private, pretty and peaceful. Tea, coffee and biscuits, a delicious lunch under the lapa and cocktails at the end of the day. Phone Jenny on 011 803 1351 / 083 271 5958 to discuss your requirements and for a reasonable quotation.

Restaurant Reviews Back to top

*** Piatto, Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre, Corner Grayston Drive and Benmore Road, Benmore Back to top

There are some sixteen Piatto Restaurants in South Africa. They do mainly Italian and Mediterranean food but, in case that doesn't suit you, you can also get wraps, burgers, and even sushi.

It was a chilly evening.  Judith found the more popular Col’Cacchio Pizzeria opposite to be too noisy, so we moved to Piatto. Lisa was a model of attention (not having much else to do).  We had a garlic Focaccia as a starter, followed by (Bolognese) Lasagne for me and Penne Arrabiata for Judith, with a Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc as the wine and hot chocolate to keep out the cold.

The food was wholesome and substantial. Possibly due to the starter, we did not finish the main courses, which were just as good the next day.

Contact Details for Piatto Restaurant.

Funny Language, English...

First-degree murder is the most serious kind, but first-degree burns are the least serious.


Dr Riaz Wadvalla, Dr Nafeesah Wadvalla

The Bridge Shopping Centre, Gibson Drive, Buccleuch: 011 656-1090 Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm

Kicked the Bucket... Back to top

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Popular Wisdom

Julius says, government corruption is as obvious as the noise on your face.

Yummy Food Delivered for Corporate Breakfasts, Lunches and Functions!!

Hot meals – Chicken (8 dishes), Beef (8 dishes), Fish (5 dishes), Lamb (4 dishes), Vegetarian (10 dishes), Sweets (8 choices). Platters (serving 8-10) – Breakfasts, Sandwiches, Rolls, Seafood, Sushi, Chicken, Meat, Vegetarian, Combos, Snacks and Sweets. Delivery fee R90 in the Sandton area. HB Caterers: e-mail or call 011 026 2699 / 082 410 2023.

Green Tip by Samantha Derham: Sustainable Living II   Back to top

It will lead to personal internal conflict if you try to practice sustainability without first living a sustainable life. Meet your own needs (needs, not wants) before you can meet the needs of others and the environment. Although I have put the points below in order of importance according to my fairly educated opinion, it is important to stress that a balance of all 6 is in fact required for optimal health.

1. Get Enough Sleep – See last month's article.

2. Get More Relaxation while Awake

Meditation is a deliberate practice of awake relaxation in combination with conscious breathing; most people who do this have noticeably better health. Even if the normal process of meditation is not for you, then at least you need to find some time every day to just let you mind go wherever it wants to go.  Stop focusing on anything in particular, turn off all distractions (incredibly important in our social-media saturated lives), and just be. Staring at a blank or familiar object and consciously stopping thinking is a great way to start. If you take your cell phone to the toilet with you –stop it. That’s a great opportunity to allow your brain to do its own thing for a few minutes. Reading a book is fine as it gets the imagination going, but many people claim to have had their greatest ideas whilst sitting on the throne.

The next step is to deliberately breathe deeper and get more oxygen than one would normally get when focusing on something – especially when sitting, like you probably are right now. The idea of this is to let your conscious mind take a break and let your sub-conscious take the stage for a bit. It is during these times that we significantly reduce stress levels, we can think more clearly and realise what really is the most important thing to do next.  It’s during times of non-focused thinking that we most often have sudden realisations of how to solve our greatest challenges. Awake relaxation can even compensate for some lost sleep, and has been practiced by some of history’s greatest minds.

Point 3 in a following issue...  Read more by Samantha Derham at

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Overheard at the Science Books Checkout:

Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger are out for a drive when they get stopped by the Autobahnpolizei. The policeman asks Heisenberg for his licence and says, “Herr Heisenberg, do you know how fast you were going?”

Heisenberg says “No, but I know where I am!”

Confused, the officer says “Sir, you were doing 180 km/h!”

Heisenberg throws his hands in the air and huffs “Great, now I don’t know where I am anymore!”.

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