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South African Calls For May 8 Ancestors Day Public Holiday

Source: South African Press Association (Pretoria)
Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2022


The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has called on the South African government to officially add Ancestors’ Day, on May 8, as an annual national public holiday "to preserve the country and continent’s culture".

The topic of the declaration of public holidays for other religions (2007-03-30) or ethnic groups (2009-11-22) resurfaces regularly.

In 2003, the South African Cabinet had mandated an inter-departmental task team to review the South African official public holidays calendar (2003-11-06).

And a decade later, South Africa's CRL Rights Commission submitted a report with recommendations to the president's office, following its review of the list of official public holidays in South Africa (2013-04-29).

But, nothing ever came out of both consultations, and the "Public Holidays Act 36 of 1994", revised in 1995, stands unchanged to this day.



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