extra public holidays

Working Saffers live for weekends…  This is when you get to fire up the braai, slap a boerie on the coals, kick back and pop a cold one.  Weekends are also a great time to enjoy uninterrupted online gambling… but what do South Africans enjoy even more than playing online casino games at Springbok Casino on weekends?

Along with counting the weekdays until the next weekend, part of what keeps the working-class citizens of the country going is pushing on until the next public holiday rolls around.  Whether your ideal day off entails playing online casino games or catching up on sleep, public holidays are welcomed by all!

Official South African Public Holidays

South Africa generally has 12 official public days throughout the year.  These little blessings are so important to fellow countrymen that a law was passed in 1994 stating that whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will automatically be declared a public holiday too. 

Now, 2021 might not have gotten off to the best start, but what The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) did ultimately give us is two additional days off from the hustle and bustle of 9-5 life!  So instead of our usual 12 public holidays – 2021 will have 14…  more time to play online casino games at Springbok Casino!

2021 List of Public Holidays in South Africa 

  1. 1 January – New Year’s Day
  2. 21 March  Human Rights Day
  3. 22 March – Extra Public holiday
  4. 2 April – Good Friday
  5. 5 April – Family Day
  6. 27 April – Freedom Day
  7. 1 May – Workers’ Day
  8. 16 June – Youth Day
  9. 9 August – National Women’s Day
  10. 24 September – Heritage Day
  11. 16 December – Day of Reconciliation
  12. 25 December – Christmas Day
  13. 26 December – Day of Goodwill
  14. 27 December – Extra Public holiday

In 2021, both Human Rights Day and Day of Goodwill falls on a Sunday, which will result in 22 March and 27 December being our public holiday freebies.  Think of them as no deposit bonuses to play online casino games – totally risk free and on the house!

Long Weekends – Made for Online Casino Games and Quality Family Time 

South Africans furthermore take full advantage of long weekends as these are opportunities to book mini holidays to get away from daily life and work.  It is the perfect time to some quality family bonding, and, of course, more free time to enjoy online casino games.

The busiest long weekend in the country is Easter Weekend.  Good Friday (2 April) and Easter Monday/Family Day (5 April) results in a four-day long weekend – and one where most South Africans head off for a break.  In 2021, Women’s Day will fall on a Monday and Heritage Day on a Friday, resulting in two additional 3-day long weekends. 

If you’ve accrued sufficient annual leave, you can extend these long weekends – something that is common practice.  A little reminder though – apply for your annual leave as soon as possible and plan ahead as most people aim to extend long weekends into full-blown holidays.

Public Holidays in Other Countries 

Imagine living in a country where public holidays cumulatively make up for almost an entire month of days off to play as many online casino games as you want… You don’t really have to imagine – but you would have to move to Cambodia!  Cambodia observes 28 official public holidays and ranks number one as the country with the most days off.

After Cambodia, Sri Lanka follows with 25 public holidays and India and Kazakhstan both have 21 official days off.  On the other end of the spectrum, the United Kingdom has the fewest, with only 8 public holidays, followed by the USA with 9, and the Netherlands, Singapore and New Zealand each with 11 public holidays.

Is There a Link Between Productivity and the Number of Public Holidays? 

If we must be honest, we doubt that bringing the economy to a screeching halt in favour of a public holiday is a good thing for any country.  That said, although a ‘day off’ has a significant impact on the economic productivity, it does wonders for morale and work-related fatigue. 

If you look at countries with the highest GDP that are in the best economic shape, these are the countries that generally have fewer public holidays.  Countries with lower GDPs typically have more public holidays – such as Cambodia, which remains one of the poorest countries in Asia.  When it comes to the overall well-being of the citizens, money, however, doesn’t necessarily equal happiness…

Play Online Casino Games 24/7, 365 – Public Holidays Included! 

All seriousness aside, South Africa has a good balance when it comes to official days off and work productivity.  In fact, we’re known as a hard-working nation – possibly because we make the most of our time off to rest and recuperate.  South Africans also know how to have fun, and part of that fun is enjoying relaxing and potentially profitable pastimes such as playing online casino games!

The good news is that Springbok Casino is open 24/7, 365, including public holidays.  Come rain, shine, Christmas, New Year or Easter Weekend, you can bank on the number one online casino being open for business – and ready for you to enjoy hundreds of online casino games whenever the mood strikes!