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South Africa - bank and public holidays of the world - 1970-2070

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Full calendar of public and bank holidays of the world (and banks closures), from 1970 until 2070 for South Africa



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Weekend: Saturday & Sunday




Name Date Kind
New Year's Day**Wednesday January 1, 2020Secular holiday 
beginning of school year**Sunday January 12, 2020School holidays 
Valentine's Day*Friday February 14, 2020cards/flowers 
Cape Town Cycle Tour*Friday March 13, 2020Sports events 
first mid-term (beginning)Tuesday March 17, 2020School holidays 
first mid-term (beginning)Tuesday March 17, 2020School holidays 
Human Rights Day*Saturday March 21, 2020Secular holiday 
Hanukkah**Thursday December 3, 2020cards/flowers 
end of school yearTuesday December 15, 2020School holidays 
Day of Reconciliation**Wednesday December 16, 2020Secular holiday 
Christmas EveThursday December 24, 2020Events, celebrations... 
Christmas Day*Friday December 25, 2020Catholic or protestant 
Day of Goodwill*Sunday December 27, 2020Secular holiday 
New Year's Eve*Thursday December 31, 2020Events, celebrations... 

New Year's Day -
Saturday January 1, 2022

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 12, 2022

School holidays : Https://www.kwathabeng.co.za
Dates are different in coastal states
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official calendar
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

Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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Valentine's Day -
Monday February 14, 2022

cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February


Cape Town Cycle Tour -
Sunday March 13, 2022

Sports events : Cycling race 2022 edition confirmed


First mid-term (beginning) -
Thursday March 17, 2022

School holidays :


First mid-term (beginning) -
Thursday March 17, 2022

School holidays :


Human Rights Day -
Monday March 21, 2022

Secular holiday : On this day in 1960 the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws. Many were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organizations, many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses by all sides; Human Rights Day is but one step to ensure that the people of South Africa are aware of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur. [http://africanhistory.about.com]


Hanukkah -
Friday December 3, 2021

cards/flowers : Commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt (2nd century BC) NOT a public holiday


End of school year -
Wednesday December 15, 2021

School holidays :


Day of Reconciliation -
Thursday December 16, 2021

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 Eve -
Friday December 24, 2021

Culture :


Christmas Day -
Saturday December 25, 2021

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 -
Monday December 27, 2021

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 Eve -
Friday December 31, 2021

Culture : Szilveszter