School calendar

The current and proposed school holidays for South Africa.

2016
2017
2018

 

 

2016

Provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and  Western Cape. All nine provinces have the same school calendar for 2016.

Term

Duration

Number of weeks

Number of days

Number of public holidays

Actual number of school days

1

(11) 13 Jan - 18 March

10

48 (50)

0

48 (50)

2

5 April - 24 June

12

59

3 + 1

55

3

18 Jul - 30 Sept

11

55

1 + 1

53

4

10 Oct - 7 (9) Dec

9

43 (45)

0

43 (45)

 

Total

42

205 (209)

4 + 2

199 (203)

- Dates and days in brackets ( ) are applicable to educators

 

Public and school holidays 2016

1 January

New Year's Day

21 March

Human Rights Day

25 March

Good Friday

28 March

Family Day

27 April

Freedom Day

1 May

Workers Day

2 MayPublic holiday

16 June

Youth Day

17 JuneSchool holiday
8 AugustSchool holiday

9 August

Women's Day

24 September

Heritage Day

16 December

Day of Reconciliation

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

Day of Goodwill

Source: National Education Policy Act: 2016 school calendar for public schools [PDF]

2017

The Department of Basic Education has published the school calendar for 2017.

All nine provinces have the same school calendar for 2017.

Term

Duration

Number of weeks

Number of days

Number of public holidays

Actual number of school days

1

(0-9) 11 Jan - 31 March

12

56 (60)

1 + 1

56 (58)

2

18 April - 30 June

11

54

3 + 1

50

3

24 July - 29 September

10

50

2

48

4

9 Oct - 6 (8) Dec

9

43 (45)

0

43 (45)

 

Total

43

205 (209)

6 + 2

197 (201)

- Dates and days in brackets ( ) are applicable to educators

Public and School Holidays 2017

1 January: New Year’s Day
20 March: School holiday
21 March: Human Rights Day
14 April: Good Friday
17 April: Family Day
27 April: Freedom Day
28 April: School holiday
1 May: Workers Day
16 June: Youth Day
9 August: National Women’s Day
24 September: Heritage Day
25 September: Heritage Day observed
16 December: Day of Reconciliation
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Day of Goodwill

Source: National Education Policy Act: 2017 school calendar for public schools [PDF]

 

2018

The Department of Basic Education has published the school calendar for 2018.

Term

Duration

Number of weeks

Number of days

Number of public holidays

Actual number of school days

1

17 (15) Jan - 28 March

11

51 (53)

1

50 (52)

2

10 April - 22 June

11

54

2 + 1

51

3

17 July - 28 September

11

54

2 + 1

51

4

9 Oct - 12 (14) Dec

10

47 (49)

0

47 (49)

 

Total

43

206 (210)

5 + 2

199 (203)

- Dates and days in brackets ( ) are applicable to educators

Public and School Holidays 2018

1 January: New Year’s Day
21 March: Human Rights Day
30 Marchl: Good Friday
2 April: Family Day
27 April: Freedom Day
30 April: School holiday
1 May: Workers' Day
16 June: Youth Day
9 August: National Women’s Day
24 September: Heritage Day
16 December: Day of Reconciliation
17 December: Public holiday
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Day of Goodwill

Source: National Education Policy Act: 2018 school calendar for public schools: Comments invited [PDF]