Public holidays in South Africa


Public holidays in South Africa
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A list of holidays in South Africa:[1]

Date English Name
1 January New Year's Day
21 March Human Rights Day
The Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday
The Monday following Easter Sunday Family Day
27 April Freedom Day
1 May Workers' Day
16 June Youth Day
9 August National Women's Day
24 September Heritage Day
16 December Day of Reconciliation
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Day of Goodwill

The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994)[2] determines that whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following it will be a public holiday.[1]

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Once-off holidays

Since 1994 election days have been declared ad hoc public holidays.

31 December, 1999 and 2 January, 2000 were declared public holidays to accommodate the Y2K changeover, and 3 January, 2000 was automatically a public holiday because the previous holiday was a Sunday.[3]

2 May, 2008 was declared a public holiday when Human Rights Day and Good Friday coincided on 21 March, 2008.[4]

Historical public holidays

South Africa's present calendar of public holidays was introduced in 1994. During the period between Union in 1910, and the establishment of the present republic in 1994, the following were the official public holidays:

Date English Name
1 January New Year's Day (1910-present)
The Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday (1910-present)
The Monday following Easter Sunday Easter Monday (1910-1979), Family Day (1980-present)
6 April Van Riebeeck's Day (1952-1974), Founder's Day (1980-1994)
1st Friday in May Workers' Day (1987-1989)
1 May Workers' Day (1990-present)
40th day after Easter Ascension Day (1910-1993)
24 May Empire Day (1910-1951)
31 May Union Day (1910-1960), Republic Day (1961-1993)
2nd Monday in July Queen's Birthday (1952-1960)
10 July Family Day (1961-1974)
1st Monday in August King's Birthday (1910-1951)
1st Monday in September Settlers' Day (1952-1979)
10 October Kruger Day (1952-1993)
16 December Dingaan's Day (1910-1951), Day of the Covenant (1952-1979), Day of the Vow (1979-1993), Day of Reconciliation (1994-present)
25 December Christmas Day (1910-present)
26 December Boxing Day (1910-1979), Day of Goodwill (1980-present)

References

  1. ^ a b "Public holidays". Government Communications (GCIS). 2008-03-28. http://www.info.gov.za/aboutsa/holidays.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  2. ^ http://www.info.gov.za/acts/1994/a36-94.pdf
  3. ^ "Media release on public holidays". Government Communications (GCIS). 1999-10-25. http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/1999/991028409p1002.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  4. ^ "T Mbeki declares 2 May 2008 public holiday". Government Communications (GCIS). 2008-03-25. http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2008/08032517421001.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 

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