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South Africa Declares May 18 Public Holiday

Source: Independent Online (Johannesburg)
Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

South African President, Jacob Zuma, has finally declared Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the day of the upcoming local government elections, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout South Africa.

As per the statement released by the Presidency, earlier today, "In terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act, 1994, President Jacob Zuma has declared 18 May 2011 as a public holiday throughout the republic".

Earlier this month (2011-03-03), South African acting President, Kgalema Motlanthe, had announced that the upcoming Local Government Elections would be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, a mid-week date that had been widely anticipated (2011-02-07).

However, despite precedent, it was up to South African President, Jacob Zuma, to announce this year's Local Government Elections date as a public holiday in South Africa.

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