Public Holidays

Public Holidays in South Africa and the labour laws which include Work on Public Holidays, Dates of Holidays, Overtime Wage Rate on Public Holidays in South Africa
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 Has your boss asked you to work on a public holiday? Are you going to be paid extra for this? Know your rights.

To Work or Not to Work?

  • Work on a public holiday is entirely voluntary and a worker (including domestic workers) may not be forced to work on such public holiday. The official public holidays are: New Years Day, Youth Day, Human Rights Day, National Woman’s Day, Good Friday, Heritage Day, Family Day, Day of Reconciliation, Freedom Day, Christmas Day, Workers Day, Day of Goodwill.
  • A public holiday can be exchanged with another day by agreement.
  • A public holiday cannot be counted as annual leave.
Must I get paid for work on Public Holidays?
  • Workers must get paid time off for any public holiday that falls on a working day.
  • Working on a public holiday is by agreement only.
  • Workers must be paid extra for working on a public holiday, usually double the normal daily rate. 

The provisions for Public Holidays do not apply to:

  • Senior management.
  • Sales staff who travel.
  • Workers who work less than 24 hours a month.

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