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South Africa (Northern Cape) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Rand (ZAR)
  • Internet extension: .za - Telephone code: +27 - International dialing code: 09 - GMT offset: +2 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Sunday september 24, 2023Heritage DaySecular holiday
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    Monday september 25, 2023Heritage DaySecular holiday
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    Friday september 29, 2023Third mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday december 25, 2023Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday december 26, 2023Day of GoodwillSecular holiday
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    Monday january 1, 2024New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday january 21, 2024Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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    Tuesday february 27, 2024Regional holidaySecular holiday
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    Thursday march 21, 2024Human Rights DaySecular holiday
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    Monday march 25, 2024First mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday march 29, 2024Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Heritage Day

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    Sunday september 24, 2023
    Secular holiday : All that the people of South Africa inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Heritage Day

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    Monday september 25, 2023
    Secular holiday : All that the people of South Africa inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Third mid-term (beginning)

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    Friday september 29, 2023
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Monday december 25, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    Day of Goodwill

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    Tuesday december 26, 2023
    Secular holiday : Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994 to split from South Africa's colonial past, and to include all South Africans.

    New Year's Day

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    Monday january 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Beginning of school year

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    Sunday january 21, 2024
    School holidays : Https://www.kwathabeng.co.za
    official calendar
    35% of black Africans, 32% of coloureds, 61% of Indians/Asians and 76% of white citizens have completed high school
    number of instructional days per year in lower secondary education: 203 days
    Teaching languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
    schools may remain open on Saturday
    school uniforms required
    University of Cape Town ranking: Times Higher Education #148/QS ranking #191/Shanghai #201-300
    University of the Witwatersrand ranking: Times Higher Education #182/QS ranking #364/Shanghai (2023) #301-400
    University of KwaZulu-Natal ranking: Times Higher Education #501-600/QS ranking #751-450/Shanghai (2023) #501-600

    Dates confirmed till Jan 2026

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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    Regional holiday

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    Tuesday february 27, 2024
    Secular holiday : Majuba Day: Celebrates the end of the First Boer War. All set up for a sequel in May in Orania only

    Human Rights Day

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    Thursday march 21, 2024
    Secular holiday : On this day in 1960 the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws. Many were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organizations, many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses by all sides; Human Rights Day is but one step to ensure that the people of South Africa are aware of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur. [http://africanhistory.about.com]

    First mid-term (beginning)

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    Monday march 25, 2024
    School holidays :

    Good Friday

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    Friday march 29, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.