Megaplex Newsletter 2023 January: Shopping in Sandton

Shopping in Sandton – January 2023

Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter! We alert the up-market shopper to the new and interesting in Sandton and Bryanston. This month we revisit three centres. We have lots of openings and closings, a mondegreen and a restaurant review. There's some anti-ageing advice if you are (just perhaps) getting older. As ever, our jokes are good and original, even if the good ones aren't original, and the original ones aren't good! Please feel free to support our advertisers!  To subscribe, see our subscription page.

Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review ~ 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

Speaking in Public can be Fun!

It's true!  Try Mariswe Toastmasters and see! 
Hybrid meetings (in person & Online) Tue 14 28 Feb 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 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 and 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.

New at Epsom Downs, Bryanston

Mariswe Toastmasters has resumed meetings in person, though still with an online component.  It was an ideal opportunity to visit Epsom Downs. There have been some notable changes: sadly, the florist has disappeared, to be replaced by a pharmacy. A fishing tackle shop has opened. And a Pizza del Forno has opened.

Changes in Sunhill Centre, Sunninghill

There was also an opportunity to visit the somewhat remote Sunhill Centre in the north of Sunninghill. The big news there is that northern Sunninghill now has a supermarket. Namely, Checkers, complete with a separate pet food shop and a Checkers Liquor.

In celebration, the centre has been repainted a stylish drab grey. Taste of Punjab Restaurant and the famous Bosco Italian Restaurant are still there. Below is a restaurant review for the latter.

Coming to Morning Glen Mall

Pick 'n Pay Clothing is returning. They will open on 1 March.  The shop is coming back opposite where it was before, to Shop 17 where Mashumi Art Projects is now.  That gallery is moving upstairs to shop 40.

Hobnob Bubble Tea is now open.  Blueberry Beacon Family Restaurant will open on 1 April in Shop 77.

Rumour has it that a skate park is coming too

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A: Unforeseeable Fuchsia.

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New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • On 1 February, Durban Seafoods is moving from Sunhill Shopping Centre to Chilli Lane Shopping Centre Sunninghill – shop selling fish, prawns, crabs, calamari, seafood delicacies.
  • Hobnob, Shop 35, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – Bubble tea. Experience it for yourself. Free delivery up to 5 km, and every 11th one free with loyalty card.
  • Padel Perfect, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – 6 outdoor panoramic Padel courts at your disposal – 4 doubles, 2 singles. Access: Kelvin Drive entrance, straight in to the north open-air parking, then down to the lowest level.
  • Pressed In Time, Shop 01B, Ground in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Domestic and commercial laundry and dry-cleaning. Carpet cleaning. Mattress cleaning. Alterations. Shoe repairs.
  • Bass Warehouse Bryanston, Shop 10A, Ground in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Fishing tackle, reels, rods, baits, lures, accessories, clothes.
  • New Star Fashion, Shop 23, Ground in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Affordable stylish clothing, accessories, purses, make-up and more.
  • Giggles & Kurls Nail Studio, Shop 21, Ground in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Acrylic, gel, biosculpture, polygel, sculpted, ombre. Nails, toenails, male manicure, male pedicure, threading, unravelling.
  • The Local Choice Pharmacy Epsom Downs, Shop 10–12, Ground in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – One of a like-minded group of independent pharmacists.
  • Del Forno Epsom Downs, Ground in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Pizza, pasta, salads, burgers, grills and desserts. Wide selection of Mediterranean meals. Tequila. Sit down meals, take away or delivery.
  • Frozen For You, Shop G07, F: Main Square in Hobart Grove Centre – Pre-prepared frozen home-style meals made with quality ingredients using traditional methods. Wide variety and serving sizes, priced approximately the same as in a restaurant. They deliver.
  • Checkers Foods Sunhill, Ground in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Extensive supermarket: Groceries, fresh and frozen produce, bread, household cleaning, beauty and personal care products, etc.
  • Pet Shop Science, Ground in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Pet food and requirements. Part of Checkers.
  • Checkers Liquor, Ground in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Full-licence liquor store. Replaced Sunhill Liquors.
  • Tabacconist, Ground in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Smoking requirements, hubbly-bubblies, vaping needs.
  • Post Link Sunninghill, Shop 08, Ground in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Copy & Print, ID Photos, Stationery, Large Scanning & Printing, Graphic Design, Domestic Courier, International Courier, Vehicle Licence Renewal, Lamination & Binding, Internet Station, Packaging Material, Shredding, AutoCAD, Canvas Printing.

Furnished Morningside Room to Let March 2023

Self-catering double bedroom with shared bathroom, kitchen etc., in house in Morningside Manor.  Wi-Fi.  Carpeted, fully furnished and serviced including laundry. Light during load-shedding. Ideal for student or single person. Close to shops and bus routes.  Call 082 389 3482, e-mail us, or click here.

Today's Mondegreen

"Excuse me while I kick this guy".


Correct lyric: "Excuse me while I kiss the sky" from Jimi Hendrix's 'Purple Haze'.

The Restaurant Review Back to top

**** Bosco Italian Ristorante, Sunhill Centre, Sunninghill

A single lunch, in memory of past good times.

Bradley brought the Appletiser promptly.

I ordered Linguine Alfredo, but I was probably thinking of tagliatelle. Tagliatelle is slightly wider than fettuccine, but thinner. Linguine is thicker and narrower than either.  No matter, it still tasted good, very creamy, and was consumed with gusto and extra parmesan.

The restaurant was almost empty between noon and 1pm on a Friday. Staff were attentive: For much of the time they outnumbered the patrons.

Price: R156 before the tip (Appletiser R30, Alfredo R126).

Contact Details for Bosco Ristorante ItalianoBack to top

You know you're in South Africa when...

Julius demands a national shutdown in March to assert his party's "rights" while disregarding everyone else's.

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Feeding the Worms:  Back to top

  • Levingers Dry Cleaners, Shop 01B in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre.
  • Pandora, Shop 23 in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Fashion, Clothing - Ladies.
  • Sorbet Beauty Salon, Shop 21 in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Health & Beauty: Face and body professionals. Massage, aromatherapy, hot stone massage, Demalogica, Environ, Essie. Skin Care. Waxing. Nails. Manicure, pedicure. Facials. Grooming: eyelashes, eyebrows.
  • N R Cellular, Shop 10 in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Repair centre and accessories for almost any make of cell phone.
  • Flowers of the North - Sloane Florists, Shop 12 in Epsom Downs Shopping Centre – Independent florist that designs and delivers.
  • Pressed In Time in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Washing, Drying and Ironing for Households, Restaurants, Commercial and Domestic. Coin-operated Washers and Driers.
  • Minuteman Press, Shop 09 in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Business communications services: Copies, booklets, brochures, business cards, colour copies, printing, flyers, labels, letterheads, manuals, paper supplies & stationery, rubber stamps, binding, embossing, lamination, logo design.
  • Sunhill Convenience Store, Shop 13 in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Mini-market. Foodstuffs, bread, household items, brooms, sweets, charcoal.
  • Sunhill Car Wash in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Car Wash.
  • Sunhill Liquors in Sunhill Shopping Centre – All types of drinks. Free delivery in Sunninghill.
  • Elegant You Beauty Salon, Shop 14 in Sunhill Shopping Centre – Relaxers: Organics, Ladine, Dark and lovely, Optimum, Revlon, Precise. Braiding: cornrows, dreadlocks, waving, manicure, pedicure.
  • Feng Shui Guest Resort near Sunhill Shopping Centre – 21 Naivasha Road, Sunninghill. 6 en-suite units, 1 self catering suite, furnished and serviced self-catering 2 & 3 bedroom, garden flats. Traditional breakfast. Lunch and dinner on request.

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Disturbing Thought for the Week:

If you are delaying insulating your geyser, are you lagging with your lagging?

Living Longer and Stronger

Is ageing a disease? Many maladies manifest as we age. What if ageing is the cause? What if we can treat ageing itself?  There are scientists who say that we can!

One of them is David Sinclair, PhD (video).  Dr Sinclair is a geneticist who has specialised in ageing for 30 years.  He has a lab at Harvard Medical School. He is over 50 and looks 37. Dr Sinclair wrote the book "Lifespan – why we age, and why we don't have to".

He says that, over time, our cells lose information. We know about the information in DNA also called the genome. The same genes, the same DNA, are in all your cells. Then what makes a liver cell different from a skin cell, or a brain cell? –Structures called the "epigenome", meaning "above the genome".

DNA is like a bicycle.

A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is “two-tyred". It needs someone to steer it and pedal: A rider! For DNA, that rider is the epigenome. It controls which genes are expressed, and which are suppressed.

Bike riders also fix punctures. Similarly, the epigenome repairs broken DNA.

A bike rider is more fragile than the bike. Similarly, the epigenome is less robust than DNA It degenerates, becomes less able to control and repair the DNA. Information is lost, errors accumulate, diseases result, like cancer: The liver cell thinks it is a brain cell.

Dr Sinclair says we can "wake up" that natural cell repair method with nonlethal stress. He suggests

  • Intermittent fasting –skip some meals!
  • Exposure to heat and cold –forget that jersey! Take a sauna.
  • Periodic high-intensity exercise: Get out of breath.

Well, you may not live longer, but it will feel like it!

There are also supplements that help.  Dr Sinclair mentions Resveratrol and NMN.  In South Africa you can order these online from Genologix:

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Another Anti-Ageing Strategy:

On the other hand, as I spotted at Pick 'n Pay 'n Pay recently, you might prefer to try an anti-ageing detergent!

Overheard at the Checkout

Teenager: "I wish I was dead!"
Mom: "No, no, dear, you must never say that!"
"Why not?"
"Because the correct English is, 'I wish I were dead'."


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