School calendar

The current and proposed school holidays for South Africa.

2017
2018

 

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

(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 March: 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
10 August: School holiday
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 [PDF]

 

2019

The Department of Basic Education has published the draft school calendar for 2019. Comments are invited before 4 April 2017.

Proposed school calendar for inland cluster: Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West provinces

Term

Duration

Number of weeks

Number of days

Number of public holidays

Actual number of school days

1

(07) 09 Jan - 20 March

11

51 (53)

0

51 (53)

2

09 Apr - 21 Jun

11

54

4 + 0

50

3

16 Jul - 27 Sep

11

54

2 + 1

51

4

07 Oct - 11 (13) Dec

10

48 (50)

0

48 (50)

 

Total

43

207 (211)

6 + 1

200 (204)

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

Proposed school calendar for coastal cluster: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces

Term

Duration

Number of weeks

Number of days

Number of public holidays

Actual number of school days

1

(14) 16 Jan - 29 Mar

11

53 (55)

1 + 1

51 (53)

2

09 Apr - 21 Jun

11

54

4 + 0

50

3

16 Jul - 27 Sep

11

54

2 + 1

51

4

07 Oct - 11 (13) Dec

10

48 (50)

0

48 (50)

 

Total

43

209 (213)

7 + 2

200 (204)

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

Public and School Holidays 2019

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

Source: National Education Policy Act: 2019 school calendar for public schools: Comments invited [PDF]