public holiday in South Africa

South Africans will be counting down the hours before they can close their laptops on Friday and enjoy a three-day long weekend. Image: File

Long weekend ahead for South Africans

South Africans will be counting down the hours before they can close their laptops on Friday and enjoy a three-day long weekend.

public holiday in South Africa

South Africans will be counting down the hours before they can close their laptops on Friday and enjoy a three-day long weekend. Image: File

South Africans will be counting down the hours – and minutes – before they can close their laptops on Friday and enjoy a three-day long weekend.

Sunday, 16 June is Youth Day, and because it falls on a Sunday, Monday, 17 June will be a public holiday.

Sunday is also Father’s Day in South Africa.

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

It also of course means a short, four-day week next week.

Schools in the country break up for the June-July holidays today, as reported by The South African website.

Plans for the long weekend?

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Why do we celebrate Youth Day?

Youth Day in South Africa commemorates a protest which resulted in a wave of protests across the country known as the Soweto uprising of 1976.

It came in response to multiple issues with the Bantu Education Act and the government edict in 1974 that Afrikaans will be used as medium of instruction for certain subjects in black schools.

It is celebrated as a public holiday across South Africa to remember the students who protested against Afrikaans as the only medium of language for education.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN 2024

South Africa will have 14 public holidays in 2024.

Diarise the following public holidays this year and plan your vacations accordingly!

Monday, 1 January: New Year’s Day

Thursday, 21 March: Human Rights Day

Friday, 29 March: Good Friday

Monday, 1 April: Family Day

Saturday, 27 April: Freedom Day

Wednesday, 1 May: Workers’ Day

Wednesday, 29 May: General elections

Sunday, 16 June: Youth Day

Monday, 17 June: Public holiday Youth Day observed

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

Compared to other countries

In a typical year, South Africa has 12 public holidays, which is roughly the average when compared to other countries.

The global average for public holidays is 11 days.

Workers in most European countries enjoy 10-14 public holidays a year. The United Kingdom, however, has only eight.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Myanmar has 30 public holidays, while Sri Lanka, Iran, India, and China have 29, 27, 21, and 17, respectively.