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Public and School Holidays 2020 Calendar

Start organizing your calendar of activities with th School Holiday 2020 calendar for public schools and private schools. Click on the links below to download and print the relevant school holiday calendar for your family.

South African School Holiday periods at a glance

  • March 2020 holiday: Schools close Friday 20 March and reopen Tuesday 31 March. 
  • June/July 2020 holiday: Schools close Friday 12 June and reopen Tuesday 7 July.
  • September 2020 holiday: Schools close Friday 18 September and reopen Tuesday 29 September.
  • December 2020/2021 holiday: Schools on Wednesday 2 December; last day for teachers is Friday 4 December 2020.

Download Public and School Holidays Calendar 2020

Please note that private school calendars vary from school to school.

TermDurationNumber of weeksNumber of daysNumber of public holidaysActual number of school days
1(13) 15 Jan – 20 Mar1048 (50)048 (50)
231 Mar – 12 Jun1154450
37 Jul – 18 Sep1154153
429 Sep – 2 (4)Dec1047 (49)047 (49)
 Total42203 (207)5198 (202)
  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 21 March: Human Rights Day
  • 10 April: Good Friday
  • 13 April: Family Day
  • 27 April: Freedom Day
  • 1 May: Workers’ Day
  • 16 June: Youth Day
  • 9 August: National Women’s Day
  • 10 August: Public Holiday
  • 24 September: Heritage Day
  • 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 December: Christmas Day
  • 26 December: Day of Goodwill

Source: 2020 school calendar for public schools [PDF]

Public and School Holidays 2021

The Department of Basic Education has published the draft school calendar for 2021 on 15 March 2019 for public comments.

TermDurationNumber of weeksNumber of daysNumber of public holidaysActual number of school days
1(11) 13 Jan – 26 Mar1153 (55)152 (54)
207 Apr – 11 Jun10481+146
306 Jul – 17 Sep1154153
428 Sep – 01 (03)Dec1047 (49)047
 Total42202 (206)3+1198 (202)
  • Wednesday 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • Monday 13 January: Teachers back at school
  • Wednesday 15 January: Schools open for Term 1
  • Friday 20 March: Schools close
  • Saturday 21 March: Human Right’s Day
  • Human Rights Day falls on the Saturday after schools break for the autumn holiday. No workday’s leave here, unfortunately.
  • Tuesday 31 March: Schools open for Term 2
  • Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April: Easter weekend
  • The longest long weekend of 2020 is Good Friday to Family Day, 10 to 13 April 2020. And it’s followed by another 2 neat long weekends.
  • Monday 27 April and Friday 1 May: Freedom Day and Worker’s Day
  • Between Freedom Day on Monday and Worker’s Day on Friday, we’ll have a beautifully short week flanked by two long weekends. Bear in mind before you take those 3 days off, they’re school days and you’d have to ask the principal’s permission before taking your kids out of school.
  • Friday 12 June: Schools close
  • Tuesday 16 June: Youth Day
  • Youth Day falls within the winter school holidays, which gives you a free day to spend with the kids without having to take leave.
  • Tuesday 7 July: Schools open for Term 3
  • Sunday 9 August: Women’s Day; Monday 10 August is a public holiday
  • Friday 18 September: Schools close
  • Thursday 24 September: Heritage Day
  • Tuesday 29 September: Schools open for Term 4
  • Wednesday 2 December: School’s out!
  • Friday 4 December: Teachers are released…
  • Wednesday 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
  • The schools close early in December in 2020, and the kids will be bored already by the 16th. If you’re not yet on leave, take the day to get them out of the house and enjoy South Africa’s fantastic weather.
  • Friday 25 December: Christmas Day
  • Saturday 26 December: Day of Goodwill
  • In 2020 Christmas falls on a Friday, but Day of Goodwill is on a Saturday, so no extra work days’ leave here, unless you’re a weekend worker.

Source: [PDF]

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