Megaplex Newsletter 2023 May: Shopping in Sandton - Shop changes, free business courses, discounts on Genologix, mondegreen, jokes...

Shopping in Sandton – May 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 have more openings and closings in three centres, a mondegreen (you missed it last month, right?), two free email courses from Peter, anti-scam advice, and a great use for the new official language. Get 5% off anti-aging and other supplements with the coupon code below.  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 13 and 27 June 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.

Shopping News

It is sad when a Post Office closes, as the one in Morning Glen Mall has just done. Never mind that we haven't used it for years. It is still sad to see the crumbling of a once proud institution (if not an efficient one) under the double whammy of the unions and the ANC. This wasn't one of the Post Offices at which you can get your car licence renewed.

Do the opening of a gym and a Cash Converters in that centre compensate? I'm not sure.

We visited Kelvin Grove shopping centre and the finally rebuilt Mutual Mews in Rivonia. The latter is the small centre across Rivonia Boulevard from Rivonia Village that largely burned down on 30 November 2019.

The results are in the new and closed shops lists below. Mutual Mews is now predominantly a fast food drive-thru establishment. Kelvin Grove, on the other hand, has lost more food places than it has gained. The new gym and the motor spares shop might be useful, though.

Odd Jobs:  Back to top

Happy "World No Tobacco Day", 31 May.

Stay away from cigarettes -- get a long cigarette-holder!

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New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • Opening tomorrow, 1 June: Cash Converters, Shop 40, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall – Second-hand shop: Buy unwanted goods and sell almost anything. Cash advances.
  • Willow Way Fitness, Shop 57, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall – Gym, previously lacking in Morning Glen. One of 6 locations. A blend of strength and cardio, the energy of a group but with individual coaching.
  • Pro Fit Gym, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Get fit: Be inspired. Personal Training, Chiropractor, Physiotherapy, Boxing, Dietician, Discovery Vitality, Coffee Bar.
  • Pizza Hut, Ground in Mutual Mews – Casual pizza chain with wide selection, even a 1-metre pizza! Deals, Pizzas, Sides, Drinks, Sweet Ones, Pizza Folds.
  • KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), Ground in Mutual Mews – American import eaten the world over. The secret ingredient is salt!
  • Burger King, Ground in Mutual Mews – Home of the Flame-Grilled Whopper and made with 100% natural ingredients. Mind you, wood and rocks are also "natural", if not edible.
  • Diner BoyZ Kelvin, Shop U12, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Curries, Tikka, Burgers, chips, coffee, deli.
  • Matrix Star Barber, Ground in Mutual Mews – Gents' and ladies' hairdresser.
  • Kumar Kailey Hair & Beauty Salon, Shop U07, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Unisex. Haircut, Steam Shave, Facial, Ear & Nose Wax, Head & Back Massage, Hair wash, colour. Save with Combo deals.
  • Wolfsburg Auto Spares, Shop U05, Ground in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – New and used parts, tyres, brake discs, brake pads, car service kits, cambelt kits, water pumps, clutch kit, car batteries and more.
  • Vicson Tailors (Pty) Ltd, Shop L08C-L09, Lower Level in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Specialized Custom-Made Men & Ladies Outfits (sic).

Furnished Morningside Room to Let 1 October 2023

Single Room with shared bathroom in house in Morningside Manor.  Wi-Fi.  Carpeted, fully furnished and serviced including laundry. Close to shops and bus routes.  R3500/month.  Call 082 389 3482, e-mail us, or click here.

Today's Mondegreen

“Sweet dreams are made of cheese”.


Correct lyric:

“Sweet dreams are made of these” from The Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams (are made of this)’.

How To Find Enough Prospects for More Sales (Without Cold Calling or Chasing) Back to top

Some weeks ago we did the free course from Peter Carruthers (which you can still do): Selling Salts email course on How to Sell More

We learned that the best way to close sales is to respond to enquiries super-fast. 

But what happens if you do not have enough enquiries? That’s the job of your marketing department. What if you don’t have one?

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Click Here to join this new email marketing course, Marketing Matters. Peter says, "You will solve your marketing problems forever. (I have used direct marketing since 1984. That’s 39 years - my entire entrepreneurial life.)"

Please share this email with another business owner. 

Sometimes the Typo is More Accurate:

"Easier sad than done."

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Got their Just Reward:  Back to top

  • Gallo Manor Post Office, Shop 47 in Morning Glen Mall – Stamps, snail mail, telegrams, parcel post, post box applications, telephone applications, telephone books, pay-a-bill, airtime, banking, courier, money transfer, philately, photocopying, fax, micro-loans, stationery, internet, binding, laminating, Lotto. Now closed.
  • Mr Price Home, Shop 58 & 59 in Morning Glen Mall – Affordable homeware, décor and furnishings - opened 29 March 2012 on Upper Level, now closed.
  • Ink Sarang, Shop 34 in Morning Glen Mall – Printer ink and toner cartridge refills: Generic and original for all popular makes: Lexmark, HP, Samsung, Epson, Canon. Was Lower Level.
  • Hobnob, Shop 35 in Morning Glen Mall – Bubble tea. Experience it for yourself. Free delivery up to 5 km, and every 11th one free with loyalty card. Was Lower Level.
  • Al Noor Halaal Butchery and Indian Spices, Shop U05 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Amina's sauce and marinades, shans, spicemate, Cape recipe sauces, basmaati rice. Take-aways: Chiken tikka, wors roll, hot dog, chips, gelato ice cream.
  • Juri Beauty Parlour, Shop U06A in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Facials, skin care, manicure, pedicure, head, scalp and body massage, finger and toe paint, eyelash extensions, waxing.
  • Fish and Chips, Shop U07 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – "old fashioned" take aways: fish, calamari, Russians, cool drinks.
  • The Pantry, Shop U11 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Bakery, coffee, deli. Breads, rolls, cakes, biscuits. Cordieals, samoosas, pies, meat, pizza, sweets, ice-cream.
  • Kelvin Printers and Stationery, Shop L02 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Flyers, business cards, graphic design, vinyl, banners: x-banner, budget roller, executive, telescopic. Gazebos. Was Lower Level.
  • Right & Bright Dry Cleaning & Laundry, Shop L03 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – also alterations, shoe repairs, and carpet cleaning. Was Lower Level.
  • Kelvin Optometrist, Shop L05 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Yasmin Ahmed, B.Tech (Opt)(UJ).
  • New Fashion Salon, Shop L16 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – In the passage. Gents and boys cut. Ladies wash, cut & set. Threading, waxing, facial and Mehandi.
  • SDP Professionals, Shop L08C in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – Community Health Work Course, Palliative Care, Home Based Care, Care of The Aged: A 12-month course. 30% Theory and 70% Practical.
  • Law24, Shop L09 in Kelvin Village Shopping Centre – "Legal insight, trusted advice." However, they seem to be in real estate, not law.

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Thought for the Week:

"There is no ribbon-cutting ceremony for unblocking a sewer." – John Steenhuisen, DA Leader, in "Straight Talk: The high cost of ignoring the invisible, unsexy stuff"; Thu 28/04/2022.

New Scam Alert from Nedbank Back to top

Fraudsters now have a new scam to access your bank account. They pose as cellphone or retail store employees and offer you 'free' airtime or shopping vouchers.

To 'load' the voucher, they ask you for personal information like your ID number and to take a selfie of you. While you think they are registering you for a voucher, they are actually enrolling you on the Nedbank Money app. They then trick you into handing them your cellphone and they accept the Approve-it message for the enrolment on their cellphone without you knowing.

Tips to keep safe:

  • Always check with the store to ensure that they are running a promotion.
  • Don’t let a stranger take a selfie of you.
  • Don’t hand your cellphone to a stranger.
  • Read Approve-it messages carefully before accepting them.
  • If you suspect fraud on your Nedbank account, call them immediately on 0800 110 929.

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Overheard at the Checkout

"Did you know that South Africa now has a 12th official language –sign language?"

"That's great ...and one can use it anywhere you use the other official languages?"

"Yes, of course..."

"Wonderful!  I am going to use sign language to fill in my tax return!"

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Newsletter Issued 28 May 2023 – Page Last Updated: 31 May 2023. – Contact us.