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Workers Day

1 May: Workers Day

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

History of Workers Day

A day to commemorate the working class. A public holiday to celebrate and recognise the people who form and continuously build the framework and foundation of the country.

A day for the workers. It is also a time where the country thanks these hard working class and gives them a day to spend with their families and loved ones, which most of them do not have the rest of the year.

There are four main Trade Unions operating in South Africa, these are: the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), the Labour Court, the Council for Conciliantion, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) as well as the Confederation of South African Workers Unions (CONSAWU) which was formed in 2003 and is affiliated directly with the World Confederation of Labour (WCL).

Workers Day is actually a public holiday which was, as most of the public holidays instilled after the 1994 election, a day for workers to remember their rights in this country, of which there are many.

The working class runs from stiletto blue collar workers, right through to boots and hard hat workers, it is a day for the people of the country to sleep a little later, and feel home life even if it is only for a few extra hours. South Africa has realised that commemorating its people for their hard work is as important as providing work for her people.

South Africa has realised that commemorating its people for their hard work is as important as providing work for her people.

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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