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South African Public Holidays

The Mzansi calendar is full of national holidays that reflect and celebrate the country’s wealth of cultural diversity!

Last Updated: March 2020

Owing to its divisive history, South Africa boasts more public holidays than most countries. Mzansi has 12 public holidays during the year, and whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following it is marked as an off-day.

In the past, the country’s national holidays used to reflect the beliefs of the ruling white minority government. After the fall of apartheid and the rise of South Africa as a democratic nation, the government transformed these off-days to embody South Africa’s diversity and celebrate its people.

2020 CALENDAR OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year’s Day

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Human Rights Day

Friday, 10 April 2020

Good Friday

Monday, 13 April 2020

Family Day

Monday, 27 April 2020

Freedom Day

Friday, 1 May 2020 

Workers' Day

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Youth Day

Sunday, 9 August 2020

National Women’s Day

Monday, 10 August 2020

Public holiday

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Heritage Day

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Day of Reconciliation

Tuesday, 25 December 2020 

Christmas Day

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Day of Goodwill

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