South Africa to get an ‘extra’ public holiday in 2022.. South Africa will have 12 public holidays in 2022, including an additional day off to celebrate a public holiday that falls over a weekend.
The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) determines that whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following is also deemed a public holiday. This means that citizens will have Monday, 2 May 2022, off to celebrate Workers’ Day.
With the country having already celebrated New Year’s Day under relaxed lockdown regulations, the next public holiday on the calendar falls on Monday, 21 March (Human Rights Day).
The public holidays for 2022, according to the official government proclamation, are as follows:
|January 1st||Saturday||New Years Day|
|March 21st||Monday||Human rights day|
|April 15||Friday||Good Friday|
|April 18||Monday||Family day|
|April 27||Wednesday||Freedom day|
|May 1||Sunday||Workers day|
|May 2||Monday||Observed Workers’ Day holiday|
|June 16||Thusday||Youth day|
|August 9||Tuesday||National Women’s Day|
|September 24||Saturday||Heritage Day|
|December 16||Friday||Reconciliation day|
|December 25th||Sunday||the day of Christmas|
|December 26||Monday||Goodwill day|
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. In 2022, the Easter weekend will start on 15 April and conclude on 18 April.
Consecutive public holidays can significantly impact working arrangements and shifts, and while a ‘day off’ can impact economic productivity, it can help stave off fatigue-related issues.
With Covid-19 fatigue and working from home expected to continue for much of 2022, businesses should also be aware of the dates workers are likely to apply for time off.
Employees are also likely to take advantage of the long weekends – with Human Rights Day (21 March) and the Day of Reconciliation (16 December) set to fall on a Monday and Friday, respectively.