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South Africa Public Holidays 2011

South Africa has 12 public holidays as determined by the Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994). The Act determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it shall be a public holiday.

1 January

New Year's Day

21 March

Human Rights Day

22 April *

Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)

25 April *

Family Day (Monday after Easter Sunday)

27 April

Freedom Day

1 May

Workers Day

2 May **

Public holiday

18 May ****

Public holiday (election day)

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


* The dates on which Good Friday and Easter Sunday fall are determined according to the ecclesiastical moon. That varies each year but they fall at some point between late March and late April.

** The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it shall be a public holiday.

*** Tuesday, 27 December 2011 has not been declared a public holiday. The Public Holidays Act does not make provision for the public holiday to be moved on in the event of the Monday already being a public holiday.

**** Wednesday, 18 May 2011 has been declared a public holiday in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act, 1994, (Act No. 36 of 1994) to enable voters to participate in the local government elections does not guarantee the accuracy of the dates and suggests double checking with another source. By using this database you agree that is not liable for any claims of damages arising from errors in this database. Please report any errors to


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