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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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