The days you need to take off to maximise your leave in April and the rest of 2017

The roads and offices were notably quiet this past week as businesses around the country took full example of an extended weekend due to Heritage Day (21 March) falling on a Tuesday this year.

Despite just coming back from a shortened week, workers can already look forward to a drastically reduced April with three public holidays falling in or around the weekend.

This has been compounded by a greater than usual overlap of public and private school holidays meaning the whole family is likely to find time off during this time period.

With that in mind BusinessTech looked at the remaining public holidays in 2017 and the best days to take off in order to maximise your leave time off.

School Terms 

* All 9 Provinces have the same School Calendar in 2017

  • Term 1: 11 January – 31 March
  • Term 2: 18 April – 30 June
  • Term 3: 24 July – 29 September
  • Term 4: 9 October – 6 December

Full list of public holidays

Day Date Public Holiday Comments/Tips Potential days off
Sunday 01 January New Years Day
Monday 02 January Public Holiday
Tuesday 21 March Human Rights Day
Friday 14 April Good Friday By taking leave on 13 April (Thursday) and 18 April (Tuesday). 6
Monday 17 April Family Day By taking leave on 13 April (Thursday) and 18 April (Tuesday). 6
Thursday 27 April Freedom Day By taking leave on 26 April (Wednesday), 28 April (Friday), and 2 May (Tuesday). 7
Monday 01 May Workers Day By taking leave on 26 April (Wednesday), 28 April (Friday), and 2 May (Tuesday). 7
Friday 16 June Youth Day By Taking Monday/Thursday (15 June/19 June) as a long weekend. 4
Wednesday 09 August National Women’s Day By taking 7 and 8 August (Monday and Tuesday)/ 10 and 11 August (Thursday and Friday) – or both if your boss is lenient. 5
Sunday 24 September Heritage Day By taking leave on 26 September (Tuesday) or 22 September (Friday). 4
Monday 25 September Public Holiday By taking leave on 26 September (Tuesday) or 22 September (Friday). 4
Saturday 16 December Day of Reconciliation
Monday 25 December Christmas Day By taking leave on the 27th, 28th, 29th (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) 10
Tuesday 26 December Day of Good Will By taking leave on the 27th, 28th, 29th (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) 10

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The days you need to take off to maximise your leave in April and the rest of 2017