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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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