National Holidays in South Africa in 2021

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South Africa 2021
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List of Holidays in South Africa in 2021

Day Date Holiday Name Type Comments
Friday New Year's Day National Holiday
Sunday Human Rights Day National Holiday
Monday Human Rights Day (in lieu) National Holiday
Friday Good Friday National Holiday
Monday Family Day National Holiday Easter Monday
Tuesday Freedom Day National Holiday National Day
Saturday Workers' Day National Holiday International Workers' Day
Wednesday Youth Day National Holiday
Monday National Women's Day National Holiday
Friday Heritage Day National Holiday
Monday Public Holiday National Holiday Voting in local elections
Thursday Day of Reconciliation National Holiday
Saturday Christmas Day National Holiday
Sunday Day of Goodwill National Holiday Boxing Day prior to 1994
Monday Public Holiday (in lieu) National Holiday Boxing Day prior to 1994


  • The South African Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) determines that whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following it will be a public holiday.