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South African President Rules-Out February 11 Public Holiday

Source: Fin24 (Johannesburg)
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010


South African President, Jacob Zuma, has announced that, February 11, 2010, the date of his upcoming State of the Nation address would not be a public holiday, as had been widely rumoured.

Election day, in South Africa, has regularly been declared a one-off public holiday (2009-03-19, 2004-02-24, and 1999-04-28), but, recently (2009-04-18), South Africa's government moved the date of the presidential inauguration to May 9th, 2009, for the first time ever on a Saturday, to get around the requirement by law that the date should be a public holiday, due to the preceding backlash from the South African business community (2009-03-19).


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