Top events in South Africa

December
16

Under South Africa's apartheid segregation system, 16 December was known as 'Day of the Vow', harking back to the vow the Voortrekkers made to God...

December
31

It’s hard to beat the location of Cape Town's V&A Waterfront especially around the festive period. Live music, street performers and a host of...

January
02

A celebration of music, parades, dancing and food, Cape Town’s longest-running street party is when the Cape Minstrels (Kaapse Klopse) celebrate...

South Africa Public Holidays

Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

Public holiday note

Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday.

2016

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2016
March
21
Human Rights Day
Start date:
21 March 2016
March
25
Good Friday
Start date:
25 March 2016
March
28
Family Day
Start date:
28 March 2016
April
27
Freedom Day
Start date:
27 April 2016
May
01
Workers' Day
Start date:
1 May 2016
June
16
Youth Day
Start date:
16 June 2016
August
09
National Women's Day
Start date:
9 August 2016
September
24
Heritage Day
Start date:
24 September 2016
December
16
Day of Reconciliation
Start date:
16 December 2016
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2016
December
26
Day of Goodwill
Start date:
26 December 2016

2017

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2017
March
21
Human Rights Day
Start date:
21 March 2017
April
14
Good Friday
Start date:
14 April 2017
April
17
Family Day
Start date:
17 April 2017
April
27
Freedom Day
Start date:
27 April 2017
May
01
Workers' Day
Start date:
1 May 2017
June
16
Youth Day
Start date:
16 June 2017
August
09
National Women's Day
Start date:
9 August 2017
September
24
Heritage Day
Start date:
24 September 2017
December
16
Day of Reconciliation
Start date:
16 December 2017
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2017
December
26
Day of Goodwill
Start date:
26 December 2017
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