Public Holidays in South Africa in 2018

South Africa When is the next Public Holiday in South Africa?

Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day

21 March 2018 This National holiday is in 32 days. Marks the establishment of the Human Rights Commission and Sharpeville Day

Good Friday
Good Friday

30 March 2018 This National holiday is in 41 days. Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Family Day
Family Day

2 April 2018 This National holiday is in 44 days. In 1995 Easter Monday was renamed Family Day

South Africa List of National Public holidays of South Africa in 2018

Day Date Holiday Comments
Monday January 01 New Year's Day
Wednesday March 21 Human Rights Day
Friday March 30 Good Friday
Monday April 02 Family Day Easter Monday
Friday April 27 Freedom Day National Day. April 27
Tuesday May 01 Labour Day Workers Day
Saturday June 16 Youth Day Previously known as Soweto Day
Thursday August 09 National Women's Day
Monday September 24 Heritage Day
Sunday December 16 Day of Reconciliation
Monday December 17 Public Holiday Public Holiday as Day of Reconciliation falls on a Sunday in 2018
Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day
Wednesday December 26 Day of Good Will Boxing Day prior to 1980


National Holiday


  • 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.

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