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South African Public Holidays for 2016

Afrikaans name: Suid-Afrikaanse openbare vakansiedae 2016

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OK, it’s too late to worry about the public holidays. They came and went, and I hope that you had some great trips to interesting places. So, what happened in South Africa in 2016? Here are a few highlights and reminders.
  • Jacob Zuma is president.
  • Droughts hit all South Africa’s provinces except for Gauteng. They are all declared as disaster areas.
  • Wayde van Niekerk broke the world record for the 400 metres.
  • Desmond Tutu turned 85.
  • Mamelodi Sundowns win the CAF Cup.
  • New Zealand with the Rugby Championship. South Africa finished third.
  • The Free State Cheetahs win the Currie Cup beating the Blue Bulls 36-16.
  • The Hurricanes beat the Lions 20-3 to win the Super Rugby final.

1st January - New Year's Day

21st March - Human Rights Day

25th March - Good Friday

28th March - Family Day

27th April - Freedom Day

1st May - Workers Day

2nd May - Public holiday

16th June - Youth Day

3rd August - Public Holiday

9th August - National Women's Day

24th September - Heritage Day

16th December - Day of Reconciliation

25th December - Christmas Day

26th December - Day of Goodwill

27th December - Public Holiday


2017 Public Holidays

2018 Public Holidays

2019 Public Holidays

2020 Public Holidays

2021 Public Holidays

2022 Public Holidays


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References and further reading

SA Government Public Holidays

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