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South Africa Mulls Mandela Public Holiday

Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)
Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014

South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the South African government was considering turning Mandela Day into an annual non-working public holiday in South Africa.

Late last year (2013-12-06), the South African Government has announced that the period of mourning for former President, Nelson Mandela, would not be accompanied by any one-off non-working public holidays in South Africa, and therefore that there will be no requirement for businesses to close on the day of Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Five years ago (2009-06-04), the Government of South Africa had announced a new, July 18, Nelson Mandela Day annual holiday, but it was later clarified that this July 18, Nelson Mandela Day, would not be an official non-working public holiday in South Africa (2009-06-30).

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