Presidency confirms holiday on 27 December 2016

The Presidency wishes to confirm that President Jacob Zuma has declared 27 December 2016, a public holiday. The Presidency has received inquiries in this regard.

The decision was occasioned by the fact that this year workers in the country will only have 11 public holidays instead of 12 due to the fact that the 25th of December (Christmas Day) falls on a Sunday.

According to section 2(1) of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday. However, this year the Monday following the 25th of December 2016 is another public holiday, being 26 December 2016, Day of Goodwill. This has resulted in the two public holidays overlapping.

The declaration of 27 December as a public holiday will ensure that workers are not unduly disadvantaged because of this unusual event and are still entitled to their 12 paid public holidays.

Source: Government of South Africa

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