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South Africans will enjoy 14 public holidays in 2023. Here’s when the next day off work will be. Make a note! Image: Canva

When last was 27 December a public holiday in South Africa?

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Tuesday, 27 December 2022 a public holiday, as reported by The South African website.

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South Africans will enjoy 14 public holidays in 2023. Here’s when the next day off work will be. Make a note! Image: Canva

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Tuesday, 27 December 2022 a public holiday, as reported by The South African website.

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The declaration was made in terms of Section 2(A) of the Public Holidays Act which provides that “whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday”.

Christmas day, 25 December, falls on Sunday this year.

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Typically, when public holidays fall on a Sunday, the following day (Monday) becomes the ‘extra’ day off.

However, in this case, Monday, 26 December – Day of Goodwill – is also a public holiday.

Without the declaration, the country would have ‘only’ had 11 of the 12 days off for the year.

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In 2016, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, Cosatu lobbied for an extra public holiday.

Following their request, then-president Jacob Zuma declared Tuesday, 27 December 2016 a public holiday.

Seven years later the same situation will be the case.

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The presidency said that Monday’s observing of Christmas Day and Day of Goodwill will overlap to uphold relevant labour law principles and practices.

The same principle applies for 1 January 2023, which also falls on a Sunday.

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The ‘extra’ holidays are as follows:

  • 25 December: Christmas Day
  • 26 December: Day of Goodwill
  • 27 December: Public Holiday
  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 2 January: New Year’s Day observed

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA IN 2022

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 21 March – Human Rights Day
  • 15 April – Good Friday
  • 18 April – Family Day (Follows Easter Sunday)
  • 27 April – Freedom Day
  • 1 May – Workers 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
  • 27 December