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Sandton Central gets snap-happy in search of Mr Movember
01 November 2019

From Eddie Murphy to Salvador Dali and Martin Luther King to Freddy Mercury, moustaches have often been a gentleman’s signature.

And this November, sorry, Movember – from 16 October to 29 November, to be precise – Sandton Central is delighted to have roving photographer and Instagrammer Alexi Portokallis prowling the district with his camera, snapping gents – and perhaps the occasional passing bearded lady – with impressive upper-lip adornment, in search of Mr Movember Sandton Central.

Yes, it’s time to grow your mo, your beard or any other facial whiskers you are able to cultivate.

Sandton’s most marvellously moustachioed chaps stand the chance of winning R2,500 cash, and being declared proud caretaker of the moustache to crown all moustaches. However, you don’t need to be Einstein – or to wear his moustache – to realise that they’ll also be supporting the life-saving Movember men’s health initiative, with its particular focus on prostate cancer awareness.

“We know very well that here in Sandton we’re surrounded by the cream of the country’s innovators and big thinkers. Now we’re hoping to be amazed by their creativity, whatever their particular brand of mo magic, and even to have a giggle,” says Elaine Jack, City Improvement District Manager of Sandton Central Management District.

“But on the serious side, we’re truly hoping to make a difference to men’s health, increasing not only awareness of both prostate cancer and male suicide, but also encouraging vital donations to the Movember campaign,” notes Jack.

Alexi will be taking mo-photos on the streets and in the malls of Sandton Central, but should a fledgling Freddie Mercury or a carefully curated Charlie Chaplin wish to flag their support and ensure their entry to the competition, then images can be sent via social media – on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – tagging #SandtonCentral.

To join the Sandton team, go the Movember site at, and search for Mr Movember Sandton Central. You will also be able to get occasional tips as to Alexi’s location on Instagram by following @SandtonCentral and @alexioso.

For some tash inspiration, facial topiary both famous and infamous on an international scale includes that of: Idris Elba, Hulk Hogan, Richard Pryor, Nick Cannon, Bradley Cooper, David Beckham,, Stalin (among other notorious despots and dictators), Roman emperor Hadrian, Frank Zappa, Hercule Poirot and “anchorman” Ron Burgundy. As for the most celebrated local lip warmers, well, that’s up to you.

While Sandton Central’s stash snap is all about fun, it’s also a reminder that men should visit their general practitioner for a prostate health check-up, or make an appointment at one of several medical facilities in the area, including: Sandown Clinic, the Medical Suites at Sandton City, and Morningside Clinic.

Possible early warning signs of prostate cancer include:

  • Burning or pain during urination.

  • Difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping.

  • More frequent urges to urinate at night.

  • Loss of bladder control.

  • Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream.

  • Blood in urine.

  • Blood in semen.

  • Erectile dysfunction.

  • Painful ejaculation.

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