Why Is The 1st of November A Public Holiday In South Africa?


President Cyril Ramaphosa has, in terms of Section 2A of the Public Holidays Act of 1994, declared Monday, 1 November 2021 – the date for local government elections – as a public holiday throughout the country.

This is to allow all registered voters to use the opportunity to exercise their democratic right and civil duty to vote. By declaring the day a public holiday, many people are able to take time off from work or work less hours in order for them to get a fair chance to cast their vote.

The President urges voters to ensure that they adhere to the COVID-19 health regulations as they exercise their right to vote.

The President also urges employers to make provision for employees to exercise their Constitutional right to vote on 1 November 2021.

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