In case you are wondering why the highways are more open and free flowing than usual, it is because companies are asking more employees to work from home or remotely, as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.

Chief executive of the Tshwane Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pieter du Doit, said not all companies could pull this off, as working from home varied from company to company.

“IT-linked companies would experience no problems with this set-up. But service, hospitality and manufacturing companies need a more hands-on approach,” he said.

He said the CBD had a lot of retailers which could not pull off working from home. Staff had to be ever-present to render services.

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