Public holidays

Apart from the gorgeous weather, spectacular geography and fantastic people, South Africa also has 12 public holidays. These are a mixture of  the usual traditional holidays and some public holidays celebrating our unique heritage. Here’s the list of all the South African public holidays including those that fall on a Sunday.

  • New Year’s Day [1 January]
  • Human Rights Day [21 March]
  • Good Friday [22 April]
  • Family Day [Easter Monday - 25 April]
  • Freedom Day [27 April]
  • Worker’s Day [1 May]
  • Youth Day [16 June]
  • National Women’s Day [9 August]
  • Heritage Day [24 September]
  • Day of Reconciliation [16 December]
  • Christmas Day [25 December]
  • Day of Goodwill [26 December]

For 2011, the following day is also listed as a public holiday:

  • 2 May (as Workers Day falls on a Sunday).
  • Cmodirwa

    why is the 9 of august is celebrated in south africa?

  • valient

    y cant i find what they mean

  • Dsgf

    Because south africa has women too, believe it or not.

  • Kalman

    What is there to do on December 16th in Johannesburg? Can somebody please help me?

  • Trevor

    kalman you can forgive those that you haven’t forgiven yet and then you make a toast easy as that

  • Ammaarah

    i only came to this website for homework life orientation

  • Chris Pretorius

    I am looking for the names of the following old public holidays of South Africa
    27 Februarie
    10 October
    14 August
    Help please it was to long ago to remember

    THANK YOU

    Elna

  • maneyo

    i looking for 1st November and 1st December if you know pless let i know

  • zoogle

    y is day of good will right after Christmas