With family commitments, kids’ holidays and festivities you might not have been able to truly relax over the season, but don’t worry, there are a few opportunities this year to cash in on the public holidays and score some much-needed bonus rest…

Here’s what the calendar looks like in 2020, and which days you can take off for extended leave. There are two fantastic opportunities for long breaks coming up in April, so send in your leave requests asap! Download the calendar here. (Check your downloads folder for the file) View the calendar below:

Public holidays for 2020:

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 21 March: Human Rights Day
  • 10 April: Good Friday
  • 13 April: Family Day
  • 27 April: Freedom Day
  • 1 May: Workers’ Day
  • 16 June: Youth Day
  • 9 August: National Women’s Day
  • 10 August: Public holiday
  • 24 September: Heritage Day
  • 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 December: Christmas Day
  • 26 December: Day of Goodwill

Also this year, there’s some good news for teachers, as the long December holiday has been reinstated. According to the school’s calendar, the final term will end on Wednesday, 2 December and reopen on Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

When to take your leave this year:

The first big opportunity for a break comes up over the Easter weekend in April.

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You can take off four days, and score a total of 10 days leave from 10-17 April.

There’s another opportunity for a long weekend towards the end of April if you account for Freedom Day and Workers Day.

You can score nine days off if you take three days’ leave!

In June, there’s a long weekend over Youth Day from June 13 to 16 if you take leave on Monday 15 June.


Towards the end of the year, September gives you the chance to take a four-day break with only one day’s leave if you take off on Friday, 25 September.

So send in your leave requests early, and start planning your next holiday!

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