South Africa Public Holidays

Whether you are a local searching for a short break or an international traveler, Public Holiday Info Portal is here to help you start planning your vacation

A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

Are you planning for your next getaway. We are here to help you to plan for a short break if you are local South African or for international traveler that wanted to have a plan for itinerary to specific festival at South Africa.

Public Holiday Act established in 1994 regulates that South Africa Employees entitled to 12 paid public holidays. The Act determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday.

Holiday Pay
In South Africa, Public Holiday is a non-working day and all employees are entitled a normal pay rate. In an event an employee require to work on a Public Holiday, he or she will receive a compensation equal to double of their regular pay, meaning that it is 2 X regular wages.

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DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonPublic Holiday - As New Year's Day falls on a Sunday
21 MarTueHuman Right's Day - In remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21 March 1960. This massacre occurred as a result of protests against the Apartheid regime in South Africa
14 AprFriGood Friday (Catholic or protestant) - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
17 AprMonFamily Day (Easter Monday) - Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Monday after Easter Sunday
27 AprThursFreedom Day (National Day) - Celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994
1 MayMonWorkers Day (Labour Day) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.
16 JunFriYouth Day (Previously known as Soweto Day) - Celebrating Youth Day in memory of all those innocent people who died during the clash which happened in Soweto of South Africa
9 AugWedNational Women's Day - This is is to draw attention to significant issues that South African women still face, such as parenting, Domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace, unequal pay, and schooling for all girls
24 SeptSunHeritage Day - To encourage people to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all
25 SeptMonPublic Holiday - As Heritage Day falls on a Sunday
16 DecSatDay of Reconciliation - The intention of this holiday is to foster reconciliation between different racial groups. The holiday came into effect in 1994 after the end of Apartheid.
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Catholic or protestant) - Christians celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueDay of Good Will - This is a continuance of the Christmas Day holiday. South Africans usually have leisure time with family and friends. Known as Boxing Day prior to 1980

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
21 MarSatHuman Right's Day
3 AprFriGood Friday - Catholic or protestant
6 AprMonFamily Day - Easter Monday
27 AprMonFreedom Day - National Day
1 MayFriLabour Day
16 JunTueYouth Day - Previously known as Soweto Day
9 AugSunNational Women's Day
10 AugMonPublic Holiday - Public holiday as National Womens Day falls on a Sunday
24 SeptThursHeritage Day
16 DecWedDay of Reconciliation
25 DecFriChristmas Day - Catholic or protestant
26 DecSatDay of Good Will - Boxing Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
21 MarSatHuman Right's Day
3 AprFriGood Friday - Catholic or protestant
6 AprMonFamily Day - Easter Monday
27 AprMonFreedom Day - National Day
1 MayFriLabour Day
16 JunTueYouth Day - Previously known as Soweto Day
9 AugSunNational Women's Day
10 AugMonPublic Holiday - Public holiday as National Womens Day falls on a Sunday
24 SeptThursHeritage Day
16 DecWedDay of Reconciliation
25 DecFriChristmas Day - Catholic or protestant
26 DecSatDay of Good Will - Boxing Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
21 MarMonHuman Right's Day
25 MarFriGood Friday - Catholic or protestant
28 MarMonFamily Day - Easter Monday
27 AprWedFreedom Day - National Day
1 MaySunLabour Day
16 JunThursYouth Day - Previously known as Soweto Day
9 AugTueNational Women's Day
24 SeptSatHeritage Day
16 DecFriDay of Reconciliation
25 DecSunChristmas Day - Catholic or protestant
26 DecMonDay of Good Will - Boxing Day
27 DecTueChristmas Day (in lieu)

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
21 MarWedHuman Right's Day
30 MarFriGood Friday (Catholic or protestant)
2 AprMonFamily Day (Easter Monday)
27 AprFriFreedom Day (National Day)
1 MayTueWorkers Day (Labour Day)
16 JunSatYouth Day (Previously known as Soweto Day)
9 AugThursNational Women's Day
24 SeptMonHeritage Day
16 DecSunDay of Reconciliation
17 DecMonPublic Holiday as Day of Reconciliation falls on a Sunday
25 DecTueChristmas Day (Catholic or protestant)
26 DecWedDay of Good Will (Boxing Day prior to 1980)

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