President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that 1 November 2021 will be a national public holiday due to the local government elections.
“The president calls on all registered voters to use the opportunity of the public holiday to exercise their democratic right and civic duty by voting in this election that empowers citizens to elect new leadership and influence service delivery where they live. Voters are reminded as well that they will be able to cast their votes only at the polling stations in wards where they are registered. In the event that voters may consider travel, they will not be able to transfer their votes to voting stations away from their designated wards.The president urges voters to ensure that they adhere to the Covid-19 health regulations as they exercise their vote,” the presidency said in a statement on Monday (12 October).
The Public Holidays Act determines that whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday. This means that SA now has 15 public holidays in 2021.
The public holidays for 2021, according to the official government proclamation, are as follows:
- 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
- 1 November: National elections*
- 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
- 25 December: Christmas Day
- 26 December: Day of Goodwill
- 27 December: Public holiday
Sources: BusinessTech, Daily Star
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