Public holidays South Africa

South African public holidays 2017 and important South African holidays

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Here is a list of public holidays in South Africa 2017, plus other important South African holidays including school holidays and Mother's and Father's Days.

Whether you're just visiting or living in South Africa, it's important to note the main public holidays in South Africa as many businesses typically close.

There are 12 yearly South African public holidays as determined by the Public Holidays Act. When holidays in South Africa fall on a Sunday, the following Monday is typically given as a South African public holiday.

Here is a list of public holidays in South Africa in 2017 (or bank holidays in South Africa) plus other important South African holidays, such as school holidays in South Africa.

Public holidays South Africa 2017

  • 1 January:  New Year's Day
  • 2 January: Public holiday as New Year's falls on Sunday
  • 21 March: Human Rights Day
  • 14 April: Good Friday
  • 17 April: Family Day
  • 27 April: Freedom Day
  • 1 May: Workers Day
  • 16 June: Youth Day
  • 9 August: National Women's Day
  • 24 September: Heritage Day
  • 25 September: Public holiday as Heritage Day falls on Sunday
  • 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 December: Christmas Day
  • 26 December: Day of Goodwill

Public holidays South Africa – South Africa holidaysThere are numerous wildlife reserves to visit during the holidays in South Africa.

Important South African holidays

  • 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.

South African school holidays

In 2015 schools in inland and coastal provinces had different school holidays in South Africa. 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 – shared the same South African school holiday calendar.

South African school 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 2017, see the South African Government website. You can also view a list of other celebrations in South Africa in Expatica's guide to festivals in South Africa.

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7 Comments To This Article

  • nomfundo posted:

    on 27th March 2014, 17:52:03 - Reply

    Is tuesday 1 April 2014 a holiday?

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  • Kelly posted:

    on 25th April 2013, 22:04:04 - Reply

    Since freedom day falls on a saturday this year, is monday the 29th a public holiday?
  • Rudi posted:

    on 22nd April 2013, 07:09:41 - Reply

    I have the same question as Janine
    Is either the Friday or Monday concerning the 27 April holiday a public holiday. According to that the law says it seems that that only happens if the public holiday falls on a Sunday??
  • Janine posted:

    on 1st April 2013, 19:48:17 - Reply

    Is Friday 26april a public holiday due to Saturday 27th being one?
  • Kyo posted:

    on 4th January 2013, 11:43:34 - Reply

    Response to florence: If a public holiday falls on a Sunday (as with the case of the 16nth of December 2012) then the monday right afterwards (December 17nth 2012) is a public holiday
  • florence posted:

    on 15th December 2012, 21:25:09 - Reply

    what public holiday is celebrated on the 17th of december 2012
  • Lila posted:

    on 13th April 2012, 10:50:54 - Reply

    What about Mondy 30 April 2012? Has it been declared a public holiday yet? Kindly let us have clarity as we have to make certain arrangements.