'Close early on Friday'

Union federation Cosatu has urged employers to close businesses at 1pm on Friday for the opening of the World Cup.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and workers should be allowed to be with their families to watch the opening game," it said in a statement on Monday.

The move would enable workers to travel to their destinations in time to see the opening ceremony and opening game.

Cosatu said it would negotiate with employers in the Western Cape to ensure companies closed early, and that arrangements were made to catch up lost time if need be.







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