President Zuma Declares 27 December 2016 A Public Holiday


Information from the office of the President says President Jacob Zuma has declared 27 December 2016 a public holiday throughout the Republic of South Africa.

As related, President Zuma declared the holiday in line with the provisions of section 2A of the Public Holidays Act.

Mr President declared the date a public holiday following a request by the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA).

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BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the request by FEDUSA was inspired by the fact that South African workers only have 11 public holidays instead of 12.

This is so because Christmas day, 25th December falls on Sunday.

And, according to section 2(1) of the 1994 Public Holidays Act, the following Monday ought to be a public holiday whenever a public holiday falls on Sunday.

With that, FEDUSA indicated that the Monday following the 25th of December 2016 is another public holiday, being 26 December 2016, Day of Goodwill.

The implication of that is the overlapping of the two public holidays, FEDUSA pointed-out.

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Thus, President Zuma declared 27th December a public holiday.

The Presidency in a media statement stated that “the declaration of the 27th December as a public holiday will ensure that workers are not unduly disadvantaged because of (the) unusual event and are still entitled to their 12 paid public holidays.”