I finally found a mall where I enjoy shopping in Rustenburg, the town nearest to Phokeng. This morning I went to Waterfall Mall and it was a painless, even enjoyable experience.
Usually I shop in the town proper, but it so noisy and crowded there that I end up getting what I need and getting as fast as I can. But Waterfall Mall was all quiet and peaceful. I realise weekends are usuallybusy, but if I time it correctly and do most of my errands weekday mornings while most people are at work, I should make oout OK.
I'm spending the rest of the day reading research material for the course module and taking notes.