South Africans all over the country were understandably up in arms when we heard we might be short a public holiday this year.
Given that Christmas falls on a Sunday this year and the 26th is the Day of Goodwill (its own public holiday) locals were led to believe that we would face the same drawback as people born on Christmas: one gift (public holiday) standing in as two.
The Leadership of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) for one, wasn’t willing to back down, and neither were the tired workforce. Why couldn’t the 27th be declared the stand-in public holiday as it was in 2016?
While President Ramaphosa sits in the political hot seat, he decided to grant South Africa our Christmas wish: the 27 December will be a public Holiday after all.
South Africans will enjoy Tuesday, 27 December 2022, as a public holiday in lieu of Christmas Day falling on a Sunday, following a declaration to this effect by President @CyrilRamaphosa in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) https://t.co/ClSVbL2AFK
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) December 8, 2022
The decision came with the intention to ‘uphold relevant labour law pricnciples and practices’ as BusnessTech reports.
‘Dezemba’ as locals dub the season is now officially in full swing.
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