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A list of holidays in South Africa:[1]

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

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

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

Historical public holidays

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