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South Africa (Gauteng) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months


Currency: Rand (ZAR)
Internet extension: .za - Telephone code: +27 - International dialing code: 09 - GMT offset: +2 (DST: no)
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Saturday September 24, 2022Heritage DaySecular holiday
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Friday September 30, 2022Third mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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Monday October 24, 2022Optional holidaySchool holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 2022Day of GoodwillSecular holiday
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Tuesday January 3, 2023Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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Heritage Day

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Saturday September 24, 2022
Secular holiday : All that the people of South Africa inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Third mid-term (beginning)

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Friday September 30, 2022
School holidays :

Optional holiday

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Monday October 24, 2022
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.

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
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

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Monday December 26, 2022
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.

New Year's Day

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Sunday January 1, 2023
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Beginning of school year

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Tuesday January 3, 2023
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Dates are different in coastal states
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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

Dates confirmed till Jan 2024

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