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New Year's Day**Friday January 1, 2021Secular holiday 
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beginning of school year**Wednesday January 27, 2021School holidays 
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third mid-term (end)Monday October 5, 2020School holidays 
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optional holiday*Saturday November 14, 2020School holidays 
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end of school yearTuesday December 15, 2020School holidays 
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Day of Reconciliation**Wednesday December 16, 2020Secular holiday 
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Christmas Day*Friday December 25, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Day of Goodwill*Saturday December 26, 2020Secular holiday 
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New Year's Day -
Friday January 1, 2021

Secular holiday : The world's most widely celbrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Beginning of school year -
Wednesday January 27, 2021

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35% of black Africans, 32% of coloureds, 61% of Indians/Asians and 76% of white citizens have completed high school
number of instructional days per year in lower secondary education: 200 days
Teaching languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
schools may remain open on Saturday
school uniforms required
University of Cape Town ranking: Times Higher Education #148/QS ranking #191/Shanghai #201-300
University of the Witwatersrand ranking: Times Higher Education #182/QS ranking #364/Shanghai #201-300
University of KwaZulu-Natal ranking: Times Higher Education #501-600/QS ranking #751-450/Shanghai #401-500
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Third mid-term (end) -
Monday October 5, 2020

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Optional holiday -
Saturday November 14, 2020

School holidays : Diwali
all school principals and governing bodies apply to the Department of Education for authority to have schools closed for this religious observance.


End of school year -
Tuesday December 15, 2020

School holidays :


Day of Reconciliation -
Wednesday December 16, 2020

Secular holiday : Started in 1994 (at the end of apartheid), to foster national unity between South African communities. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Christmas Day -
Friday December 25, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.


Day of Goodwill -
Saturday December 26, 2020

Secular holiday : Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994 to split from South Africa's colonial past, and to include all South Africans.