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Religious groups want more holidays

2012-06-21 22:28

Durban - Five religious groups made recommendations on public holidays to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities in Durban on Thursday.

The public hearing at the Durban City Hall was attended by more than 100 people.

Not all the groups wanted their religious holidays to be made official. Some just wanted the government, their employers and the education department to recognise the days.

The Hindu community wanted Diwali to be made an official public holiday.

SA Hindu Maha Sabha president Ashwin Trikamjee said the essence of Diwali was universal as it was the festival of light.

"There are a few impediments we suffer from because of ignorance. Employers insist that Hindus should work on Diwali or take a pay cut," he said.

"We are asking all South Africans to participate in this important event as we equally join you when you are having your religious holidays."

Muslim community representative Suleman Dangor said it was not practical to ask the government to make Eid and Ramadan official public holidays, but it was important that the days be recognised.

"Employers must be sensitive in the workplace and the schools should ensure that no examinations take place," Dangor said.

The Nazareth Baptist Church, popularly known as the Shembe church, which has more than seven million members, said it had two days it wanted the government to recognise. These were March 10, the day its founding leader Isaiah Shembe arrived in KwaZulu-Natal, and May 2, the day he died.

Spokesperson Nkululeko Mthethwa said the church wanted members to be allowed to observe these days.

Christians wanted the birth of Jesus Christ, which falls on December 25, and Good Friday, to remain in the calendar.

African Christian Democratic party deputy president Wayne Thring said the group wanted Ascension Day to be reintroduced as a public holiday. It was taken off the calendar without any consultation, he contended.

The Rastafarian community had five religious days, and said it wanted the government to make at least two of these holidays official.

Comments
  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-06-21 22:49

    i say none of the religious be made public holidays including christmas nd good friday. We wil endup wth 365 holidays in our calenda. Religion is a choice

      Johan - 2012-06-21 22:58

      The day that all religious holidays are scrapped should be remembered and celebrated. It should become a public holiday - freedom from religion day.

      Godfrey - 2012-06-21 23:45

      See Peter.Mansfield suggestion (further down) I believe this is a practicle solution.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-22 07:09

      It realy doesnt matter what we say, the anc, in there wisdom, will f@#ck this one up as well

      jason.children - 2012-06-22 07:39

      Support small business and say no to public holidays!!!

      marion.friedenthal - 2012-06-22 07:59

      And the Almighty said: "Let them honour me on feast days and public holidays, with lavish presents, easter eggs and firework displays, for without those I am nothing in their lives." I think not. Get rid of all religious holidays if they are an issue, don't introduce new holidays.

      shiraazz - 2012-06-22 08:36

      we should not let any religious holidays be public holidays, they should just supply us with adequate leave. To you who are fine with being unfair and saying that other religions dont get public holidays..... why dont we scrap christian holidays and let everyone else have a chance?

      MagdaKus - 2012-06-22 10:50

      I believe we should have NO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WHATSOEVER (religious or secular)- BUT ADDITIONAL 9 DAYS OF LEAVE that could be taken when agreed between employer & employee @ beginning of the year.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-06-21 22:49

    i say none of the religious be made public holidays including christmas nd good friday. We wil endup wth 365 holidays in our calenda. Religion is a choice

      calliedj - 2012-06-21 23:05

      So is repeating yourself

      debra.brasem - 2012-06-22 09:39

      YOU SEEM LIKE THE ATHEIST

      Johan - 2012-06-22 12:01

      The first post has 80 thumbs up and 132 down. And this repeat has 150 thumbs up and 44 down. How does that work?

      cathy.wagner.92123 - 2012-11-11 07:27

      Debra, what's wrong with being an atheist? We simply believe in one less god than you do! You are probably not even aware of the hundreds of different gods worshipped worldwide at the moment, or the thousands of gods worshipped throughout mankind's history, are you? None of the multitude of religions is any more true than any of the others. Religion is a man-made idea, and ahould be a personal choice. I agree with the commenters who say we should be given a few extra days leave, to be taken when it suits us - whether for religious celebrations or simply for a day off.

  • robert.krumm - 2012-06-21 23:10

    We should get rid of ALL religious public holidays. This is a secular state. If you wish to take a day off, take it out of your leave.

  • azeemhoosain - 2012-06-21 23:12

    since this country is a majority of Christian faith they should leave the Christian holidays as is. and they should remove non important public holidays and be fair by making other religion holy days also public holidays like. eid. diwali and other the Jewish day. if they cannot be fair than remove all. and allocate 3 days to your leave for religious days. its only fair as we all vote. and have rights. so they need remove non important public holidays rather.

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 05:05

      Exactly, why should you stay at home on workers day, freedom day, youth day, boxing day etc. I agree with u fully

      Walter - 2012-06-22 07:28

      Azeem, I like your suggestion and I hope it gets recognised. There is no way that I will allow a Christian holiday be cancelled, but at the same time I support the religious holidays suggested by other faiths and to scrap all other days except, perhaps, Freedom Day - 27 April. The rest are no longer important in our societies.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-06-21 23:12

    You want to kill the economy? Easy. Create more holidays! Suggestion: name ALL religious holidays, but only allow each employee to take two of them a year.

      George Bennie - 2012-06-21 23:31

      The greatest empire in history was built on awarding public holidays - Rome.

      Godfrey - 2012-06-21 23:33

      @Peter...Good call, now lets reduce Govt (ANC) holidays like, Reconsiliation Day, Workers Day, Youth Day. If a Public Holiday falls on a Sunday, celebrate it on Sunday and don't carry forward to Monday.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 05:37

      George Bennie ........... and look what happened to the Romans. To much partying and too many holidays.

      Pieter - 2012-06-22 06:57

      I agree, but go further. Scrap all public holidays, name all the religious holidays on the calender and give each person 8 days to be taken on their day of devotion or whatever.

      jack.trend.3 - 2012-06-22 07:24

      good suggestion.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-21 23:13

    Just over a Million S. Africans practise Islam an Hinduism and there are many other traditions and religions in the country of which between 70 and 80% claims to be Christians (Source: Wiki). So what is going to happen to our already poor performing economy when all the different believes demand for public holidays? Are workforce are already not productive enough to get the economy growing and now talks about more public holidays? What next, Saartjie Baartman day? Maybe the country must now come to a standstill to celebrate two days which just over a million believes In.

      rishaal.sewpaul - 2012-06-22 08:11

      Hindus and Muslims are more productive than Christians in South Africa, as per STATS SA. This is an unfortunate result of apartheid im sure....whats fair for one should be fair for the next.

      ismail.moosa.501 - 2012-06-22 09:24

      There close to 2 million muslims in SA. Over 2 million if you include all the foreigners. If you add the number of hindus it would be over 3 million. Just saying

  • Hugh - 2012-06-21 23:25

    Simple - scrape all public holidays then add that to the the annual leave allotement. Then each can celibrate his own. The country will not suffer as much as it does with these arb mid week holidays nor put up with everyone wanting their way.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 04:19

      That is the answer.

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 05:00

      Wont work. Theres like 30 million christians in south africa. How wil the rest cope if most take holiday on easter. Production would be to low. At some places there wont be any work done so they would just sit and do nothing. Like i said. Take away freedom day, youth day etc and give them to the rest

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 05:00

      Wont work. Theres like 30 million christians in south africa. How wil the rest cope if most take holiday on easter. Production would be to low. At some places there wont be any work done so they would just sit and do nothing. Like i said. Take away freedom day, youth day etc and give them to the rest

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 07:45

      vandeventer.sarel You are dreaming. There are not 30 million practising Christians in South Africa. I doubt if there are 10. Many people when asked to tick a religious box on a form may tick Christian because their parents were Christian but they do not go to church on Sundays.

      ria.wilson - 2012-06-22 07:51

      vandeventer.sarel - the economy suffers during the holiday months anyway, because of all the public holidays - and then EVERYONE are off, not only christians - except of course the poor souls who have to work because those who are off want to go shopping. Regligious and historical celebrations could be a new category of special leave, like maternity leave or compassionate leave. A maximum number of days (5, 6, 7) can be allocated to this category annually and only those who really take part, can apply.

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 12:41

      Lots of companys like volkswagen, ford, bmw, etc need atleast 75 percent of employees to run production. Some small business needs 100 percent. It wont work. Most places would close down anyway and then on the muslim and jewish holidays they wont be running on 100 percent capacity. Do u guys even know how most companys function. Ask a few ceo's what they think.

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 12:41

      Lots of companys like volkswagen, ford, bmw, etc need atleast 75 percent of employees to run production. Some small business needs 100 percent. It wont work. Most places would close down anyway and then on the muslim and jewish holidays they wont be running on 100 percent capacity. Do u guys even know how most companys function. Ask a few ceo's what they think.

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-06-21 23:27

    It is ridiculous.....

  • George Bennie - 2012-06-21 23:28

    What about having state holidays and an equal distribution of religious holiday which become elective at the commencement of employment? That way it doesn't dig into your annual leave, is recognized and everyone knows beforehand that you're taking it. Just a thought.

  • Psyborge - 2012-06-22 00:39

    This is rediculous! Maybe I should request to have 14 May declared a religious holiday? That's George Lucas' birthday, and I know there are millions of Star Wars fans in SA

  • KReddy - 2012-06-22 00:58

    Its like some of you don't like holidays from the comments here. Just allow a few days to be added to annual leave for religiuos purposes that can only be used for those days , similar to study or family responsibility leave. Support it by employment legislation and lastly add it to the official calender so all parties can plan around it by being made aware of it.anyway, I still can't get over the Rastafarians. Lol.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 05:41

      Actually, Rastafarianism is no more ridiculous than any of the thousands of other silly religions and gods.

      jajabutters - 2012-06-22 06:28

      Thats exactly what I was thinking. The way that some of these people argue against the public holidays makes you think that no one enjoys getting that break. These public holidays are a 'blessing' people!

  • DonMzito - 2012-06-22 01:16

    they must vacate the earth and go to heaven where every day is probably a holiday.

  • zamani.myende - 2012-06-22 02:03

    hehehe

  • Biiza M Herbert - 2012-06-22 02:39

    we cnt jus giv holidays to any religion ey cn always mke eir own

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-22 06:52

      Do you even understand yourself?

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-22 03:03

    I like this comment by Don Mzinto \They must vacate the earth and go to heaven where probably every day is a public holiday \ . This is a very difficult topic Thanks God I am not the chairperson of these public hearings.yho I cant imagine a yr without christmas/good friday in SA. if all religious holidays are public holidays we wil have 100 public holidays in SA. May b we must ask those who are not christians to go to work during xmas

  • Barefoot - 2012-06-22 03:46

    Christians are a confused bunch- they argue against reason : Jesus was probably not even born in December

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 04:21

      Actually there is no evidence he ever even existed.

      wdvilliers - 2012-06-22 04:57

      To za hahahahahaha...smoking again?

      sydney.l.butler - 2012-06-22 05:21

      http://www.nobeliefs.com/exist.htm

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-22 05:57

      Yes maybe he was not even born December,but so iumportant is He that time as we know it and live by it is calculated from the day of His birth and the day of His death,why not the birth and death of budha,mohammed or krishna?

      Barefoot - 2012-06-22 07:05

      @Donovan i never said anything about the importance of the man but was stating his birthday, oh the date thing is about the year he was born in not the month\r\n@mattwerk why would you think I'd quote that?assume much? i can count countless encyclopedias and the best book that proves that he wasn't born in December is the very one most Christians claim to believe -The Bible

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-22 07:08

      Ja barefoot,atleast we are in agreement regarding the 25 of december thing

      ria.wilson - 2012-06-22 07:52

      He wasn't. They're celebrating the birthday of tammuz.

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 05:13

    Some of u think like idiots. If u let people choose 30 to 35 million people are christians. When Easter arrives most places wil shut down because it cant function with 20 percent of its employees.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 07:49

      You are dreaming. There are not 30 million practising Christians in South Africa. I doubt if there are 10. Many people when asked to tick a religious box on a form may tick Christian because their parents were Christian but they do not go to church on Sundays.

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 05:13

    Some of u think like idiots. If u let people choose 30 to 35 million people are christians. When Easter arrives most places wil shut down because it cant function with 20 percent of its employees.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 07:51

      You are dreaming. There are not 30 million practising Christians in South Africa. I doubt if there are 10. Many people when asked to tick a religious box on a form may tick Christian because their parents were Christian but they do not go to church on Sundays. And you write like an idiot. You not u Christians starts with a capital latter Can't not cant Will not wil and you think we are idiots.

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 09:48

      U wanna bet, when wil u take your holiday if u must choose, most people wil take easter. Some companys cant even open with 50 percent capacity, volkswagen needs atleast 75 percent to open. What about mercedes, bmw, ford etc. U realy are an dumb ass. Start going to church rather than sitting in your room the whole day!!!!

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-06-22 09:48

      U wanna bet, when wil u take your holiday if u must choose, most people wil take easter. Some companys cant even open with 50 percent capacity, volkswagen needs atleast 75 percent to open. What about mercedes, bmw, ford etc. U realy are an dumb ass. Start going to church rather than sitting in your room the whole day!!!!

  • WG - 2012-06-22 05:45

    Replace any prescribed public holiday day with paid special days for any personal purpose of one day per calendar month with sufficient notice to employers, and which can accumulate to twelve. That roughly equals current prescribed public holidays. And it solves all competing demands.

  • Carel de Lange - 2012-06-22 06:02

    @Barefoot! Realy, Jesus wasnt born is December? Are you Einsteins understudy? Constantine incorporated the ancient Babelonian cult of mother son worship widely practised by the Romans into Christianity at the onset of taking up Christianity as the official Roman religion. The Babelonian cult was celebrated on 25 December. That is now Roman Catholicism.

      Barefoot - 2012-06-22 06:24

      'm a bit confused here are we in agreement?

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-22 06:39

      Not much of an answer Mr de Lange becos roman catholicism sure as hell aint true christianity,but as I said to kaalvoetklonkie,time as we know it and live by it is calculated from the birth and death of Christ,so He is the ultimate timekeeper for all of the days of man,infact He is time.

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-22 07:04

      @barefoot ha ha ha! That's why i said:'not much of an answer' lol

      janet.pretorius1 - 2012-06-22 14:40

      Constantine also removed reincarnation from the Bible :)

  • sango.jika - 2012-06-22 06:04

    we can't afford to have more holidays we have an economy to build.how can you spend most of your productive time at home? What the govenment can do is recognise thise religions something like the mandela day but not make them holiday.

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-06-22 06:32

    Hindus want 2, Muslims 1, Shembe 2 and Rastafarians want 2 official holidays??? Funny how Rastas are officially recognised but, marijuana's illegal. We yet to hear from Tyrannus, Abolova and ZCC to name but a few! Being job free is also a religion in SA...seriouly joking!

  • tracy.nolte.5 - 2012-06-22 06:50

    everyone has the right to believe in their own god.. in my opinion religion divides people to many wars have been and still are being fought over religion. introduce all those holidays each and everyone of them but let it be taken as an annual leave..

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 07:52

      Agreed

  • lizonia.stellenberg - 2012-06-22 06:56

    I personally feel that the government shouldn't be biased when they grant public holidays.The hindus etc are also part and contribute towards our economy and growth of this country.They should allow religious holidays to be granted for these cultural groups and take out unnecessary public holidays out of our calender.On a lighter note you have seen the Nando's advert and know who was here first so the bushmen must also have their holidays *wink*

  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-06-22 07:11

    And what about the atheists? Don't they deserve a Christopher Bitchens or Richard Dawkins day?

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-22 07:38

      A theory is not a fact

      Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-06-22 08:24

      Atheist to deserve a CHRISTopher what???

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-22 07:11

    Christians....VICTIIIIIIIIIM VICTIIIIIIIM

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-22 07:39

      I want Lindisfarne day made a public holiday... For those who do not know what that is, this is the day in 793 ce that official kicked off the Viking Age. The first roar of rage, the first shot, the first raid. It was when our ancestors struck back for the forced conversions of their Saxon brethren, when they struck back in defense of their ways and their (our) Gods and Goddess that the Church of Christ said would be done away with. Remember this day and the days that followed after. Remember the deeds done, and the deeds that followed after. Remember our Ancestors who fought. Remember those that struck first! Hail to the Vikings! Hail to the Ancestors! Hail to all those that fight in the name of Asgard, Vanaheim, and Helheim!

      Sydney - 2012-06-22 08:19

      And upon this blessed day the Asatru may bring either a hammer or an axe to work, but not both, for that is overkill.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-22 07:19

    Since they majority of the working population in SA is UNemployed anyway (so eVeryday is a holiday)... Why is this a topic for discussion???

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2012-06-22 07:19

    At this Rate we going to have 300 days public holday.

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2012-06-22 07:19

    At this Rate we going to have 300 days public holday.

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-06-22 07:25

    Really! All u people trying to dis and debate christians and their believs! Many of whom lead a good life helping others,doing all they can to be good people, I was once told that if it was a myth and you still lived you life by the scriptures of Jesus,would you not have lived a good life,will you not die knowing that you were a good person who helped others where ever you could,did not brake the laws,muder,rape and harm another soul? So before you try find reasons to claim that it should not be,don't forget all the good that not only comes with believing in Jesus but the christmas day itself!

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 07:55

      You write exactly like an ill-educated Xian fundie. Spew it bro!

      Sydney - 2012-06-22 08:20

      Jesus doesn't care if you're a good person or not, just that you sign the membership form and chow down on his bits.

      vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-06-22 10:15

      Well I take it you not a good person then Sydney? Rape and murder at the top of your to do list? Your comment sugests that you a bit of a knob who will not respect another persons believes but expect respect for your lack of it? If you are super keen to place a comment by all means go ahead but don't dis my religion or my God!

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-22 07:40

    By trying to make everyone one happy no one is going to be happy

  • ria.wilson - 2012-06-22 07:40

    Cancel all holidays.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 07:55

      That is the answer.

  • cheyenne.duplooy - 2012-06-22 07:43

    simple solution. Remove all religeous holidays, change labour law to allow for 18 leave days anually. Then each religous sect can apply for leave for thier respective religous days. Make provition that employers can not refuse leave requests for these days with out good reason. provide a list of recognised holidays for all employers and schools so that they are aware.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 07:55

      That is another answer.

      Andrew Shongwe - 2012-06-22 08:04

      Great minds thinks alike. My tot exactly. We need ppl who think like this parliament!

  • sango.jika - 2012-06-22 07:50

    I think they should grant Rastafarians a holiday. A lot of people will celebrate this, imagine SA will be at peace for a day. We go to rastafarian church smoke some marijuana. I know people will be saying its a drug it ain't no drug. You never heard anyone who went to rehab because they addicted to marijuana. You don't go to peoples houses and steal tv's

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-22 08:01

      hahah i have actually, but its usually some kid whos mom found a joint in his/her sock drawer and sent them to big boy rehab where they learned all kinds of neat stuff from hardened junkies. there is marijuana anonymous,,,but i stand with you there, weed is not a drug.

      sango.jika - 2012-06-22 08:28

      everybody would be happy less crime= happy nation. People must be given a chance to vote on this and i will make sure my X is on rastafarian.

  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-06-22 07:55

    rather have one neutral day that doesn't represent any religion and let every religion celebrates on that day.

  • peter.gugelmin - 2012-06-22 07:57

    I worked in Mauritius for a number of years. The Public holiday was no real issue. Christmas and Good Friday, The Christians had the day off, the Chinese, Hindus and Muslims worked. Divali, the Hindus had the day off, the rest worked, Chinese New Year, the Chinese had the day off, the rest worked. Ramadan and Eid, the Muslims had the day off and every one else worked. The factory ran 24/7 and only stopped when we had a cyclone. But unfortunately here we all want the day off. Except for the volunteers in essential services, ask a Muslim / Hindu / Atheist to work on Christmas Day or Good Friday, and ask a Christian to work on Eid or Ramadan if that was a public Holiday and you will get an uproar!

  • DonaldMathrayPerumal - 2012-06-22 07:59

    Diwani is not a holiday-Diwali,maybe.....

  • Andrew Shongwe - 2012-06-22 08:01

    its nice to be in south africa. if we continue with this, everyday would be a holiday. The gov must set the motion for our country. And other must follow or go enjoy their holidays in their own country. The r more prominent issues the country should worry abt.

  • cynthia.d.plessis - 2012-06-22 08:05

    I want a holiday to celebrate the Great FSM (bless his noodly appendage) Strippers and beer for everyone on this day

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 09:47

      Ramen. Now that is a holy day I can live with.

  • depengos - 2012-06-22 08:08

    My comment is very simple fair and straight!...Holidays are not meant 4 individuals I guess! Hindu , rastafarians and Shembe followers must know dat we era all accommodated to one calendar! We both celebrate christmas in one day! Easter de same! ...de other holidays are Parliamentary scheduled national holidays! If we go for deir plea..it means everyday in SA will be a holiday!..after all dat..why must I celebrate Shembe's born and dearth date! I dnt know him..he never done anything gd to the intire community..but some individuals who are still fighting 4his chair today! Hindus must go back to india to initiate deir concern!..rastas must stop smoking weeds and start to think properly cz I dnt see any reason to hav some national break down cz of dem!...soon deylb asking 4smoking day..I guess its not one of de days deyr asking to be a public one! We r not praising danger...but we need change!...its very disagligative dat we ttalk of freedom but we don't understand it!...I say...\No to all of dem\.....

  • Barry - 2012-06-22 08:11

    Can these religious groups claim that they have a mandate from the believers they say they represent? The ACDP does not represent me as a Christian, they appear to be the political equivalent of ambulance chasers. Scrap all religious public holidays and as Mr. Dangor said, ensure employers are sensitive and no exams are scheduled on holy days. To sacrifice income to observe holy days should be the least of a devout follower's concern and would more than likely separate the 'wheat from the chaff'. That would be of great service to many religious organisations anyhow in many ways. In reality though, this is probably just a whole lot of hot air being blasted out while South Africans suffer & die daily to issues that are not as emotive and potentially effective as vote chasing opportunities.

      Manny Eagle - 2012-06-22 08:57

      True that! It's always about the power in the political race as opposed to dealing with real issues that effect the nation!

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 09:49

      I agree. This is just a diversion to get people worked up about trivia while the real problems of the country are ignored.

  • jmasha3 - 2012-06-22 08:20

    As far as this country is performing we don't even deserve holidays.All religious holidays should be cancelled especially christmas and easter holiday and replace them with Spring day 1st september and move Family day to the 25 of december and Men's day should be included somewhere around the current easter month.

  • berni.venter - 2012-06-22 08:20

    The "Chrisitian" holidays are internationally recognised and practices holidays... And there are other forms of leave you can take like annual leave. Pay cuts my toe. It is enshrined in the constitution that you may not discriminate against someone because of their religion... So put in your leave in advance people!

      zaatheist - 2012-06-22 09:51

      So put in your leave in advance people! Yep, cancel Christmas and Easter and let the Christians who want to take unpaid leave. Great idea.

  • kwezi.figlan - 2012-06-22 08:25

    As much as I like holidays but I guess this is a joke. All these fly by night churches will want their public holidays the likes of ZCC and others will follow suit. But under JZ anything is possible.

  • Simon Fishley - 2012-06-22 08:26

    Could someone do a survey of all the religions on the table and let me know which one comes up with the most holidays. I'll fill that in on my form. :) seriously tho, I like the earlier posited idea of increasing the minimum leave days by 3 and employers being obliged to grant leave for relevant public hols. For those of us who don't subscribe to any specific doctrine, we just get a few extra days leave and everyone's happy... Not really because there are to many moaners who just moan for the sake of moaning.

  • andy4real - 2012-06-22 08:28

    Hell..Make everyday a holiday..except weekends....

  • Matthew - 2012-06-22 08:36

    Wow.And what about those of us that have no religion.we want a public holiday for us two."National Chill Day".but because we dont have religion we cant throw our weight around like everyone else =/ Simple though despite my first comment you Either grant all these holidays to all these religions,equally and fairly so.None of them can get off at saying their religion is more important than the others! However Christians and Muslims will probly fight that to the death =/ So either no one gets holidays,or you sit down and make sure all are treated fairly and respected. Flippin polotics,its everywhere

  • sesom - 2012-06-22 08:37

    I want every Friday a holiday.

  • shiraazz - 2012-06-22 08:39

    What is stopping you from celebrating your religion?? It does not have to be imposed of everyone, it is unfair, it does not need to be a PUBLIC holiday

  • GrantE - 2012-06-22 08:40

    I say let everyone have the religious holidays they want for their religion, But their religion only. The Hindu people want Diwali fine they can have it, but if they then take Christmas like they all do, then they must take it as No work, No Pay you can’t have it both ways.