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School Holidays

National State of Disaster 
Schools were closed from Wednesday, 18 March.

School holidays in South Africa.
South Africa has 12 public holidays

2020 School Holidays

The current and proposed school holidays for South Africa 2020

National State of Disaster
Schools were closed from Wednesday, 18 March.

School Calendar for 2020 is adjusted as follows:

(1) Office-based staff to return to work on 4th May 2020. This is in line with the directive from the Department of Public Service and Administration.
(2) School Management Teams should return to work on the 11th May 2020. This, we have done to ensure that the School Management Teams prepare the schools prior to return of learners.
(3) Teachers return to work on 18 May 2020 and then
(4) Grade 12 and 7 learners go back to school on the 1st of June 2020.

  • Term 1 Holidays - 18 Mar 2020 (Wed) - 13 Apr 2020 (Mon)
  • Term 2 Holidays - 15 Jun 2020 (Mon) - 6 Jul 2020 (Mon)
  • Term 3 Holidays - 21 Sep 2020 (Mon) - 28 Sep 2020 (Mon)
  • Term 4 Holidays - 3 Dec 2020 (Thu) - 12 Jan 2021 (Tue)

    2021 School Holiday Scedule
  • First Day of School - 13 Jan 2021 (Wed)
  • Term 1 Holidays - 29 Mar 2021 - (Mon) - 12 Apr 2021 (Mon)
  • Term 2 Holidays - 28 Jun 2021 - (Mon) - 19 Jul 2021 (Mon)
  • Term 3 Holidays - 4 Oct 2021 - (Mon) - 11 Oct 2021 (Mon)
  • Term 4 Holidays - 9 Dec 2021 - (Thu) - Unknown
2020 Public Holidays in South Africa

1 January: New Year’s Day

New Year's Day, also simply called New Year, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

21 March: Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with 21 March 1960, and the events of Sharpeville. On that day 69 people died and 180 were wounded

10 April: Good Friday

Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, and death, which is told in the Christian Bible.

13 April: Family Day

Family Day was first celebrated as Easter Monday in 1910. Family Day was renamed as such in 1994 in order to include all religions, as the holiday was originally more Christian. It is celebrated annually on the Monday following Easter.

27 April: Freedom Day

Freedom Day is a public holiday in South Africa celebrated on 27 April. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994.

1 May: Workers Day

Labour Day, or International Workers Day, is an International public holiday in many countries, most often celebrated on 1 May.

16 June: Youth Day

Youth Day commemorates the Soweto Uprising, which took place on 16 June 1976, where thousands of students were ambushed by the apartheid regime.

9 August: National Women’s Day

National Women's Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria

24 September: Heritage Day

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

The Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa held annually on 16 December. The holiday came into effect in 1995 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity for the country.

25 December: Christmas Day

Christmas Day (or Feast of the Nativity) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25[a] as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

26 December: Day of Goodwill

Day of Goodwill is observed on the day after Christmas, 26 December. It is also known as Boxing Day. It is said that this public holiday is one of the many changes that were implemented after the South African government did away with apartheid in 1994.

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