Public Holidays in South Africa

A list of current public holidays in South Africa:[1]

Date Name Instituted
1 January New Year’s Day 1910
2 January (CT only!) Tweede Nuwe Jaar 1800s
21 March Human Rights Day 1990[2]
The Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday 1910
The Monday following Easter Sunday Family Day 1980
27 April Freedom Day 1994[2]
1 May Workers’ Day 1995[3]
16 June Youth Day 1995[4]
9 August National Women’s Day 1995[5]
24 September Heritage Day 1995[6]
16 December Day of Reconciliation 1995
25 December Christmas Day 1910
26 December Day of Goodwill (formerly Boxing Day) 1910

The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994)[7] states that whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following it will be a public holiday.[1]