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South Africa (Eastern 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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    Tuesday October 11, 2022Third mid-term (end)School holidays
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    Monday October 24, 2022Optional holidaySchool holidays
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    Wednesday December 14, 2022End of school yearSchool holidays
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    Friday December 16, 2022Day of ReconciliationSecular holiday
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Day of GoodwillSecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 3, 2023Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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    Tuesday March 21, 2023Human Rights DaySecular holiday
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    Friday March 31, 2023First mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    Third mid-term (end)

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    Tuesday October 11, 2022
    School holidays :

    Optional holiday

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    Monday October 24, 2022
    School holidays : Diwali
    all school principals and governing bodies apply to the Department of Education for authority to have schools closed for this religious observance.

    End of school year

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    Wednesday December 14, 2022
    School holidays :

    Day of Reconciliation

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    Friday December 16, 2022
    Secular holiday : Started in 1994 (at the end of apartheid), to foster national unity between South African communities. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    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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    Monday December 26, 2022
    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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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    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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    Tuesday January 3, 2023
    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 #201-300 University of KwaZulu-Natal ranking: Times Higher Education #501-600/QS ranking #751-450/Shanghai #401-500

    Dates confirmed till Jan 2026

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    Human Rights Day

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    Tuesday March 21, 2023
    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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    Friday March 31, 2023
    School holidays :