South Africa Gets Another Public Holiday In 2024

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South African citizens will enjoy a new public holiday in May 2024. This was confirmed by the presidency earlier this week.


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Wednesday, 29 May 2024 has officially been declared a public holiday throughout the Republic of South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa exercised his authority under Section 49(2) of the Constitution, in conjunction with Section 17 of the Electoral Act (Act No 73 of 1998). 

The day is the scheduled date for both the general national and provincial elections. The decision comes after thorough consultation with the Independent Electoral Commission.

The proclamation regarding the election date was made public through the Government Gazette issued on Friday, 23 February 2024.

The President has also, in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994), proclaimed the day of the election, 29 May 2024 as a public holiday throughout the Republic.

The announcement marks a significant step in the electoral process, setting a clear timeline for the upcoming elections and ensuring that citizens are informed and prepared for their civic duty and right to vote.

The 2024 General Elections 

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 will see South Africa hold its seventh general elections since the end of apartheid in 1994. These elections will determine the composition of the National Assembly and each provincial legislature. 

The new National Council of Provinces will be elected at the first sitting of each provincial legislature. 

The election date set by President Ramaphosa falls within the 90-day window following the conclusion of the current Parliament's term in mid-May 2024. The announcement of the election date was made on 20 February 2024.

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