Did someone say long weekend? Well 2021 is here to deliver!

Did someone say long weekend? Well 2021 is here to deliver!

The holidays might have just ended but it's never too early to start planning for a long weekend.

Calendar year

Long weekends are few and far between.

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They say a change is as good as a holiday, but everyone would rather have a holiday.

So here is some good news for those already looking forward to a long weekend.

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According to the Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994), any public holiday that falls on a Sunday will carry over to the Monday.

What makes this year so special is that this will occur twice, which means that you will have an additional two days to celebrate public holidays that end up falling over a weekend.

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In terms of the Act, the two days that will be turning into public holidays are the 22nd of March 2021 and the 27th of December 2021.

Here is a full list of all the public holidays for the entire year:

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 21 March: Human Rights Day
  • 22 March: Public holiday
  • 2 April: Good Friday
  • 5 April: Family Day
  • 27 April: Freedom Day
  • 1 May: Workers’ Day
  • 16 June: Youth Day
  • 9 August: National Women’s Day
  • 24 September: Heritage Day
  • 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 December: Christmas Day
  • 26 December: Day of Goodwill
  • 27 December: Public holiday

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And in case you didn't know the dates on which Good Friday and Easter Sunday fall are determined according to the ecclesiastical moon.  That varies each year, but they fall at some point between late March and late April. 

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We also have one final little long weekend hack for you:

This year Women's Day (9 August) and Heritage Day (24 September) are set to fall on a Monday and Friday respectively so you'll be able to enjoy two more long weekends without putting in leave!


2021 isn't looking too bad at this point.

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