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South African November 1st Public Holiday Update

Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)
Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: October 12, 2021

The South African Electoral Commission has written to Home Affairs minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, requesting that he ask President Ramaphosa, for November 1st, 2021, to be declared a public holiday in South Africa.

Recall that, earlier this month (2021-09-09), the South African Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, had announced that the upcoming local government elections would be held on Monday, November 1, 2021.

The South African Government similarly declared the date of the 2016 South African Local Government Elections, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, as a one-off public holiday (2016-06-24 and 2016-06-18), and five years before that, the then South African President, Jacob Zuma, had declared Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the day of that year's local government elections, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout South Africa (2011-03-16, 2011-03-03 and 2011-02-07).

In the past, Wedneday has been the traditional weekday for local government elections in South Africa, "to avoid people taking advantage of a long weekend to go on holiday, rather than vote".

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