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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

2020 South African Public Holidays

Afrikaans name: Suid-Afrikaanse openbare vakansiedae 2020

I think that most people will agree that 2020 was not a good year. This is true for South Africa and the rest of the world. The Covid-19 virus was first identified in China in December 2019 and spread across the world in 2020. Millions were infected and hundreds of thousands of people died. Most countries entered a lock-down state where people were confined to their homes and only allowed out for essential tasks. Mask wearing was also made compulsory in some countries. Thousands of businesses had to close, and millions of jobs were lost. It is certainly not a year that will be forgotten anytime soon.

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1st January 2020 - New Year’s Day

21st March 2020 - Human Rights Day

10th April 2020 - Good Friday

13th April 2020 - Family Day

27th April 2020 - Freedom Day

1st May 2020 - Workers Day

16th June 2020 - Youth Day

9th August 2020 - National Women’s Day

10th August 2020 - Public Holiday

24th September 2020 - Heritage Day

16th December 2020 - Day of Reconciliation

25th December 2020 - Christmas Day

26th December 2020 - Day of Goodwill


2016 Public Holidays

2017 Public Holidays

2018 Public Holidays

2019 Public Holidays

2021 Public Holidays

2022 Public Holidays


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References and further reading

SA Government Public Holidays

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