South Africa has 12 public holidays per year, more than most other countries around the world. Some of these holidays are celebrated in many countries worldwide such as 1 January, New Year’s Day’ and 1 May, ‘Worker’s Day’.
Various religious holidays of the different faiths are celebrated in South Africa as well, however, only the Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter, are recognised as 'official' holidays.
South Africa also celebrates various remembrance holidays which commemorate the country’s history. These are:
Be advised that, when a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday becomes a public holiday. On these days, the Sunday shopping hours usually apply, except for Christmas and Easter when most shops will be closed.
Here is some interesting trivia on how South Africa compares to the rest of the world:
Number of public holidays
If we combine normal leave and public holidays
Statutory leave (legal requirement to give your employees leave)
Average Work Week
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This post was shared by Derryn Campbell on the SMILE 90.4fm Thursday breakfast show with Bobby Brown and Tracey Lange. For more weekly Awesome South Africa discussions tune into SMILE 90.4 fm every Thursday morning at 7.10am. or click on the following link to listen via live streaming.
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