|1 January||New Year’s Day|
|21 March||Human Rights Day|
|19 April||Good Friday|
|22 April||Family Day|
|27 April||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Worker’s Day|
|16 June||Youth Day|
|17 June||Public Holiday|
|9 August||National Women’s Day|
|24 September||Heritage Day|
|16 December||Day of Reconciliation|
|25 December||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Day of Goodwill|
Last day of holiday is Tuesday 8 January. Schools open Wednesday 9 January 2019 for learners, Monday 7 Jan for teachers.
Schools close Friday 15 March and reopen Tuesday 2 April. (11 working days, 17 total days).
Schools close Friday 14 June and reopen Tuesday 9 July (16 working days, 24 total days).
Schools close Friday 20 September and reopen Tuesday 1 October (6 working days, 10 total days).
Schools close very early for the year on Wednesday 4 December.
SA long weekends 2019:
Our guide to the public holidays next year, indicating how many consecutive days you’ll get off including weekends, and how you can maximise that with a few well-chosen leave days.
New Year’s Day: Tuesday 1 January
- Tuesday 1 January is a public holiday. It falls within the school holiday.
Human Rights Day: Thursday 21 March
- 21 March is a public holiday that falls within the school holiday, which is in March in 2019
Easter weekend: Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April
- Friday 19 April is Good Friday, Monday 22 April is Family Day
Freedom Day: Saturday 27 April
- Sadly we don’t get a week day off because Freedom Day falls on a Saturday in 2019. (It’s only when a public holiday falls on a Sunday that the following Monday is granted as a public holiday.)
Workers’ Day: Wednesday 1 May
- Wednesday 1 May is Worker’s Day.
Youth Day: Sunday 16 June; Monday 17 June is a public holiday
- Because Youth Day falls on a Sunday, we’re getting Monday off as well. This falls in the school holiday.
Women’s Day: Friday 9 August
- Friday 9 August is a public holiday
Heritage Day: Tuesday 24 September
- Tuesday 24 September is a public holiday, and it falls in the school holiday
Day of Reconciliation: Monday 16 December
- This year, it falls on a Monday and it’s during the school holidays
Christmas: Wednesday 25 December and Day of Goodwill: Thursday 26 December
- These two days fall on a Wednesday and Thursday, within the school holidays
*Remember, if you are a teacher, you’ll start 2 days earlier in January and be working for another 2 days in December.
Source: Department of Basic Education