President Cyril Ramaphosa declares the 27th of December a public holiday

The Presidency declares Tuesday, December 27 2022 a public holiday.

Because Christmas will fall on a Sunday and Monday is Boxing Day, the presidency announced through a statement that the 27th of December 2022 will be a public holiday.


“This follows a declaration to this effect by Ramaphosa in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act.

“The Act states that whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday.”

If the holiday of Sunday, 25 December were to be moved to Monday, 26 December, this would cancel the holiday of 26 December or cause the two holidays – which are part of 12 paid public holidays annually – to overlap.

This would mean workers would only have 11 paid public holidays in this year, while Section 5 of the Public Holidays Act provides that “… every employee shall be entitled to … at least the number of public holidays as provided for in this Act.”