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 2019 (or bank holidays in South Africa) plus other important South African holidays, such as school holidays in South Africa.
Public holidays South Africa 2019
There are numerous wildlife reserves to visit during the holidays in South Africa.
- Tuesday, 1 January: New Year’s Day
- Thursday, 21 March: Human Rights Day
- Friday, 19 April: Good Friday
- Monday, 22 April: Family Day
- Saturday, 27 April: Freedom Day
- Wednesday, 1 May: Workers Day
- Sunday, 16 June: Youth Day (public holiday will be given on Monday, 17 June)
- Friday, 9 August: National Women’s Day
- Tuesday, 24 September: Heritage Day
- Monday, 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
- Wednesday, 25 December: Christmas Day
- Thursday, 26 December: Day of Goodwill
Important South African holidays
- Sunday, 12 May: Mother’s Day
- Sunday, 16 June: Father’s Day
- Thursday, 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
From 2016, all nine provinces of South Africa – Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape – have shared the same South African school holiday calendar.
South African school holidays include all the public holidays listed above plus the following additional holidays:
- 30 April
- 10 August
For full information about dates of school terms and holidays for 2019, see the South African Government website or you can visit our guide to school holidays in South Africa. You can also view a list of other celebrations in South Africa in Expatica’s guide to festivals in South Africa.