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South African December 27 Public Holiday Push
(Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011)

Source: South African Press Association (Pretoria)

The general secretary of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), Dennis George, has asked South African President, Jacob Zuma, to declare a one-off additional non-working public holiday on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.

In his request, Secretary George argued that "working South Africans will only enjoy 11 out of the 12 paid public holidays" due to the fact that the South African Public Holiday Act 1994 (amended 1995) makes no provision for the fact that the day in lieu public holidays for Christmas Day falling on a Sunday will occur on the same date as the December 26, annual, Day of Goodwill, public holiday.

It is unclear if the aforementioned request will come to something, as past precedents offer contradictory clues.

On the one hand, in 2005, under similar circumstances (14-Oct-2005), South Africa's Home Affairs Ministry finally had to issue a statement specifying that December 27, 2005, would not be a public holiday to quash speculation that an additional day in lieu public holiday would be declared to compensate the fact that Christmas Day 2005 would be a Sunday, and that the next Monday, December 26, was already an official public holiday in South Africa.

On the other hand, in 2008, when the 2 public holidays of Human Rights Day and Good Friday occurred on the same date (March 21), then South African President, Thabo Mbeki, declared Friday May 2, 2008, a one-off bridge public holiday in compensation (18-Mar-2008).

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 2005-10-14: South Africa Will Not Have December 27 Public Holiday

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