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  10 months ago

Major changes to public holidays in South Africa proposed

FlySafair has suggested changes to South Africa’s Public Holidays Act to shift mid-week holidays to a Monday or a Friday.

The low-cost airline says it drafted a proposal to change public holidays in South Africa to speed up the tourism industry’s recovery following travel restrictions imposed throughout 2020.

“Our intention is in no way to diminish the importance of these historical days,” said Elmar Conradie, CEO at FlySafair.

“Our aim would be to look at how the time off from work can be better used to benefit the tourism industry and encourage South Africans to travel again.”

95% of accommodation establishments were fully booked on the Friday and Saturday nights during the long weekend in September, according to the eThekwini municipality.

This resulted in a spend of R107m, showing that South Africans will travel if given the right circumstances.

FlySafair noticed a more than 20% increase in air travel passengers over a three-day weekend compared to public holidays that fall mid-week.

Source: My Broadband

Are you in favour or against public holidays being moved to Monday or a Friday?


  10 months ago
Go jurburg


  10 months ago
Anything as long as we have public holidays

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