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cosatuBusiness Report that labour federation Cosatu has taken offence at the words ‘Black Friday’, claiming that it originates from the time when slaves were sold on a Friday.  

Black Friday is an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), which is regarded as the beginning of the country's Christmas shopping season.  The tradition has spread to SA and many other parts of the world.  According to Cosatu, the predominantly white retail sector is insensitive to the fact that black South Africans were subjected to slavery and slave-like abuse under colonialism and apartheid.  "Cosatu demands an apology for the use of this insensitive name for the sale promotion and the developing of an alternative word for advertising that does not offend," a Cosatu statement reads.  The federation also noted the right and freedom of SA retailers to promote sales and offer discounts to their consumers.

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