This article is from the South Africa FAQ, by Scott Hazelhurst email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
SAPA reported on 9 November 1994 that draft legislation was tabled in
Parliament proposing the following as public holidays:
New Year's Day (January 1)
Human Rights Day (March 21)
Family Day (the Monday following Easter)
Freedom Day (April 27)
Workers' Day (May 1)
Youth Day (June 16)
National Women's Day (August 9)
Heritage Day (September 24)
Day of Reconciliation (December 16)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Day of Goodwill (December 26).
PRETORIA Dec 7 Sapa
Twelve public holidays were on Wednesday announced with the
publication of the Public Holidays Act 1994 in the Government
Gazette, the Department of Home Affairs said in a statement.
It said the announcement would end confusion about the matter.
The holidays are:
- January 1, New Year's Day
- March 21, Human Rights Day
- April 14, Good Friday
- April 17, Family Day
- April 27, Freedom Day
- May 1, Workers' Day
- June 16, Youth Day
- August 9, National Women's Day
- September 24, Heritage Day
- December 16, Day of Reconciliation
- December 25, Christmas Day
- December 26, Day of Goodwill.
The deparment said the Act stipulated that if a holiday fell on a
Sunday the following Monday would be a public holiday. As a result
January 2 and September 25 next year would be public holidays.