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South Africa bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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South Africa Bank Holidays in 2017
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Mon Public Holiday
Mar.    Tue Human Rights' Day
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Mon Family Day / Easter Monday
        Thu Freedom Day
May     Mon Workers' Day
June    Fri Youth Day
Aug.  9 Wed Women's Day
Sep. 24 Sun Heritage Day
     25 Mon Public Holiday
Dec. 16 Sat Reconciliation Day
     25 Mon Christmas Day
     26 Tue Day of Goodwill
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

19 Sep 2016 South African Public Holiday December 27 (South African Press Association-Pretoria) Following formal requests from the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), South African President, Jacob Zuma, has declared a one-off additional non-working public holiday throughout the Republic of South Africa for Tuesday, December 27, 2016, based on section 2(1) of the "Public Holidays Act 1994".  15 Sep 2016 South Africa Mulls December 27 Public Holiday (South African Press Association-Pretoria) The spokesperson for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Sizwe Pamla, has asked South African President, Jacob Zuma, to once again declare a one-off additional non-working public holiday on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, to compensate the fact that Christmas Day falls on a Sunday in 2016.  24 Jun 2016 South African Electoral Public Holiday August 3 (South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) South African President, Jacob Zuma, has finally declared Wednesday, August 3, 2016, the date of the upcoming South African Local Government Elections, as a one-off non-working public holiday in South Africa.  18 Jun 2016 South African Local Elections August 3 (South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) The South African Government Communication and Information System has announced the date of the upcoming South African Local Government Elections as Wednesday, August 3, 2016, midweek as was the case 5 years ago, when it was also declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in South Africa.  12 Jan 2016 South African 2017 Public Holidays Announced (South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) The South African Government Communication and Information System has announced the dates of the annual non-working public holidays in South Africa for the calendar year 2017.  05 Jan 2015 South African 2016 Public Holidays Announced (South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) The South African Government Communication and Information System has announced the dates of the annual public holidays in South Africa for the calendar year 2016.  20 Jul 2014 South Africa Mulls Mandela Public Holiday (South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the South African government was considering turning Mandela Day into an annual non-working public holiday in South Africa.  21 Feb 2014 South African Public Holiday May 7 (BuaNews-Pretoria) South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma, has declared Wednesday, May 7, 2014, a public holiday to allow South Africans once more to exercise their democratic right to vote in the General Elections which will be held on that day.  13 Feb 2014 South African 2015 Public Holidays Announced (South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) The South African Government Communication and Information System has announced the dates of the annual public holidays in South Africa for the calendar year 2015.  06 Dec 2013 South African Mandela Public Holiday Ruled-Out (South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) The South African Government has announced that the upcoming period of mourning for former President, Nelson Mandela, will not be accompanied by any one-off non-working public holidays in South Africa.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the South Africa public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The law governing the official public holidays in South Africa is section 2A of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 (No. 36 of 1994) of November 23, 1994, as amended by the Public Holidays Amendment Act, 1995 No. 48 of September 28, 1995. The 1994 Act, which came into effect on January 1, 1995, repealed and replaced the Act No. 5 of 1952 (Public Holidays Act, 1952) as well as amendments to the 1952 act from 1956, 1961, 1973, 1980, 1983, and public holidays acts specific to the then-named "republics"; Transkei (1976), Bophuthatswana (1978 and 1979), Venda (1980 and 1982) and Ciskei (1981).  Since 1994, December 16 is a public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation intended to foster reconciliation between different racial groups (before 1994, that date was commemorated as the Day of the Vow - which was a religious holiday commemorating the Afrikaner victory over the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838).  Three other holidays were abandoned, at the time of the transition to majority rule, in 1994: Republic Day on May 31, Settlers' Day on October 20, and Ascension Day.  South Africa International Codes ZA and ZAF (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .za (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of South Africa information and news: South African Reserve Bank (South Africa central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (South Africa maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in South Africa), and Wikipedia (includes South Africa commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in South Africa, may belong to a religious group that is not common in South Africa, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to South Africa.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for South Africa, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of South Africa, before planning any trip to South Africa. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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