Source:South African Press Association (Pretoria)
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 Updated: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Following formal requests from the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), South African President, Jacob Zuma, has declared a one-off additional non-working public holiday throughout the Republic of South Africa for Tuesday, December 27, 2016, based on section 2(1) of the "Public Holidays Act 1994".
Last week (2016-09-15), the spokesperson for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Sizwe Pamla, had asked South African President, Jacob Zuma, to once again declare a one-off additional non-working public holiday on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, to compensate the fact that Christmas Day falls on a Sunday in 2016, as was done under similar circumstances, 5 years ago (2011-12-14 and 2011-12-13).
Note that declaration of a one-off additional non-working public holiday on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, was by no means a foregone conclusion, as the South African Public Holiday Act 1994 (amended 1995) makes no provision for cases when the day in lieu public holiday, for Christmas Day falling on a Sunday, occurs on the same date as the December 26, annual, Day of Goodwill, public holiday.
Indeed, in 2005, under similar circumstances (2005-10-14), South Africa's Home Affairs Ministry eventually issued 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.
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