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South Africa bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name
Thu Workers' Day
Wed Public Holiday (National Elections)
Mon Youth Day
Sat Women's Day
Wed Heritage Day
Tue Reconciliation Day
Thu Christmas Day
Fri Day of Goodwill
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Recent News and Updates

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.  29 Apr 2013 South African Public Holidays Review Complete (South African Press Association-Pretoria) South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (aka. CRL Rights Commission) has announced that it had submitted a report with recommendations to the president's office, following its review of the list of official public holidays in South Africa.  06 Feb 2013 South African 2014 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 public holidays in South Africa for the calendar year 2014.  09 Jul 2012 South African Public Holidays Review Update (South African Press Association-Pretoria) South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (aka. CRL Rights Commission) has announced that its current review of the list of official public holidays in South Africa, with a view to reducing the number of Christian public holidays, would leave Christmas and Good Friday untouched.  11 Jun 2012 South African Public Holidays To Be Reviewed (South African Press Association-Pretoria) South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities has announced that it had been tasked with another review of the list of official public holidays in South Africa, with a view to reducing the number of Christian public holidays.  05 Apr 2012 South African April 30 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) The South African Government Communication and Information System has issued an announcement to remind all that Monday, April 30, 2012, is not one of the official South African non-working public holidays announced for the calendar year 2012.  27 Jan 2012 South African 2013 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 public holidays in South Africa for the calendar year 2013.  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), ASI Hot Spots (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. For more information, see our pages on the religious calendars of the world.


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 2014 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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