New Public Holiday For SA
New Public Holiday For SA: Public holidays some of us love them mostly the workers not so much the business owners and now a new public holiday has been instated. President Jacob Zuma has declared December 27, 2016, a public holiday throughout the Republic of South Africa. According to the South African Government website, the President has declared the date as a public holiday following a request by the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA). The request by FEDUSA was motivated by the fact that this year workers in the country will only have 11 public holidays instead of 12, due to the fact that Christmas falls on a Sunday. According to section 2(1) of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 “whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday”. The declaration of December 27 as a public holiday will ensure that workers are not unduly disadvantaged because of this unusual event and are still titled to their 12 paid public holidays.
“Sometimes it does occur that some of these public holidays fall on a weekend and there are other holidays in between that deprives workers from having their 12 holidays. From our side, we are very pleased and happy that our government has made this a holiday.” The federation’s Dennis George has described the President’s announcement as an important gesture. A Presidency statement on Monday said the day, a Tuesday, was being declared a public holiday in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act.