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South Africa Adds Mandela Public Holiday

Source: AfricaNews (Pretoria)
Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2009

In his first State of the Union Address, yesterday, South African President, Jacob Zuma, has announced a new annual national holiday, on July 18, to honor Nelson Mandela.

Although there has been a lot of speculation recently about a new public holiday in Nelson Mandela's honor, from the text of the State of the Union Address, it is not clear if this will be a non-working public holiday or not.

However, as July 18 is a Saturday in 2009, the issue will not come to the fore until 2010, when July 18 is a Sunday, which would mean, as per the 1994 Public Holidays Act, that Monday, July 19, 2010, would be a day in lieu public holiday.

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