School calendar

The current and proposed school holidays for South Africa.

2020
2021
 

2020

National State of Disaster

As announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 15 March: 

Schools will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March, and will remain closed until after the Easter Weekend.

To compensate, the mid-year school holidays will be shortened by a week. (https://www.gov.za/speeches/statement-president-cyril-ramaphosa-measures-combat-covid-19-epidemic-15-mar-2020-0000)

The Department of Basic Education has published the school calendar for 2020 on 11 January 2018.

Term

Duration

Number of weeks

Number of days

Number of public holidays

Actual number of school days

1

(13) 15 Jan - 20 Mar10

48 (50)

0

48 (50)

2

31 Mar – 12 Jun

11

54

4

50

3

7 Jul – 18 Sep

11

54

1

53

4

29 Sep – 2 (4)Dec

10

47 (49)

0

47 (49)

 

Total

42

203 (207)

5

198 (202)

Public and School Holidays 2020

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: National Education Policy Act: 2020 school calendar for public schools [PDF]

2021

The Department of Basic Education has published the school calendar for 2021 on 30 October 2019.

Term

Duration

Number of weeks

Number of days

Number of public holidays

Actual number of school days

1

(11) 13 Jan - 26 Mar11

53 (55)

1

52 (54)

2

13 Apr – 25 Jun

11

54

2+1

51

3

20 Jul – 01 Oct

11

54

2

52

4

12 Oct – 08 (10) Dec

09

42 (44)

0

42 (44)

 

Total

42

203 (207)

5+1

197 (201)

Public and School Holidays 2021

1 January: New Year’s Day
21 March: Human Rights Day
22 March: Public Holiday
02 April: Good Friday
05 April: Family Day
27 April: Freedom Day
26 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
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Day of Goodwill

Source: National Education Policy Act: 2021 school calendar for public schools [PDF]