National 19.9.2016 01:53 pm

President Zuma declares December 27, 2016 a public holiday

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has declared December 27 this year a public holiday, the presidency announced on Monday.

Zuma said the declaration followed a request from the Federation of Unions of South Africa who complained that workers would only have 11 public holidays instead of 12 because Christmas day this year falls on a Sunday.

Ordinarily when a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday would be a public holiday. The Monday after Christmas is however another public holiday, the Day of Goodwill, meaning the two public holidays would overlap.

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“The declaration of the 27th December as a public holiday will ensure that workers are not unduly disadvantaged because of this unusual event and are still entitled to their 12 paid public holidays,” the presidency said.

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