Fred Khumalo Columnist

I hate shopping malls. And it’s not just because of the recent upsurge in violence — robberies and cash heists — at these monstrous establishments, or the injuries caused by faulty workmanship. What really gets my goat is the very notion of being under the same roof as so many people, some of them moving dreamily, others fighting over what items to cross off from the grocery list (a tussle that should have happened and been finalised before they left home), others taking advantage of the congestion to pick people’s pockets. I also hate the uniformity of these establishments. It doesn’t matter if you are in Massachusetts in the US or Zhuhai in China, malls have become the same: not just the actual design of the buildings but also the brands on offer. I know it’s all about convenience — everything under one roof — but still … Long story short, a friend of mine who’d travelled with his wife from Durban to Joburg managed not only to get me to accompany them to a mall where his wife want...

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