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Name Date Kind
Labour Day*Saturday May 1, 2021Secular holiday 
first mid-term (end)Monday May 3, 2021School holidays 
Mother's DaySunday May 9, 2021cards/flowers 
Youth Day**Wednesday June 16, 2021Secular holiday 
Fathers' DaySunday June 20, 2021cards/flowers 
second mid-term (beginning)Friday July 9, 2021School holidays 
Mandela Day*Sunday July 18, 2021Special Events 
second mid-term (end)Monday July 26, 2021School holidays 
National Womens' Day*Monday August 9, 2021Secular holiday 

Labour Day -
Saturday May 1, 2021

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


First mid-term (end) -
Monday May 3, 2021

School holidays :


Mother's Day -
Sunday May 9, 2021

cards/flowers :


Youth Day -
Wednesday June 16, 2021

Secular holiday : In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools. The issue, however, was not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education which was characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers. On 16 June 1976 more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto began a protest march. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday Previously known as Soweto Day.


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 20, 2021

cards/flowers :


Second mid-term (beginning) -
Friday July 9, 2021

School holidays :


Mandela Day -
Sunday July 18, 2021

Special Events : In tribute to former president Nelson Mandela. Madiba was politically active for 67 years and on Mandela Day people are called upon to spend at least 67 minutes doing something useful within their communities. From 2009 onwards.


Second mid-term (end) -
Monday July 26, 2021

School holidays :


National Womens' Day -
Monday August 9, 2021

Secular holiday : Commemorates 9 August 1956 when women participated in a national march to petition against pass laws (legislation that required African persons to carry a document on them to ‘prove’ that they were allowed to enter a ‘white area’