Public holidays in South Africa
Here is a list of public holidays in South Africa 2016, plus school holidays, Mother's and Father's Days and other important dates.
South Africa has 12 public holidays as determined by the Public Holidays Act. When any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday. Here is a list of South Africa's public holidays and other important dates, plus information about school holidays in South Africa in 2016.
Public holidays in South Africa 2016
- 1 January: New Year's Day
- 21 March: Human Rights Day
- 25 March: Good Friday
- 28 March: Family Day
- 27 April: Freedom Day
- 1 May: Workers Day
- 2 May: Public holiday (as 1 May is a Sunday)
- 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
Other important dates in 2016
- 8 May: Mother’s Day
- 19 June: Father’s Day
- 18 July: Nelson Mandela Day (events run throughout July)
- There are no daylight saving time changes in South Africa; the clock stays the same throughout the year.
School holidays in South Africa
In 2015 schools in inland and coastal provinces had different school calendars. However, in 2016 and 2017 all nine provinces of South Africa – Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape – will share the same school calendar.
Holidays include all the public holidays listed above plus the following additional holidays:
- 17 June
- 8 August
For full information about dates of school terms and holidays for 2015, 2016 and 2017, see the South African Government website.
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