Public holiday hearings continue

2012-06-26 18:44

Johannesburg - Consultations on public holidays will continue in the next few weeks, the organisation in charge of the consultations said on Tuesday.

Hearings in Cape Town would be held on Thursday. Hearings were scheduled in the North West, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Limpopo for next month.

They are being held by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.

It has already consulted residents in Gauteng, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal on possible revisions of the Public Holidays Act.

The commission said in a statement: "[We] have been receiving a number of complaints [regarding] the bias and unfair schedule of [the] Public Holidays Act.

"The focal point of the complaints and requests is that the act should not only cater for the Christian religious [sic]."

Suggestions received so far included the introduction of an African calendar, the scrapping of all religious holidays and the introduction of two more general holidays.

Other religious holidays could also be included on the calendar.

The number of holidays could be reduced for economic purposes, the commission heard.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-26 19:02

    I will still take off on my religious holidays the major catholic holidays.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-26 19:08

    I am not sure that will work

  • Aaron - 2012-06-26 19:16

    Seriously? I had read that there was some talk of changing holidays, but I'm shocked to read that there is actually something called the "Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities" going around wasting taxpayers money and time on this.

      retha.vosloo.5 - 2012-06-26 19:35

      Job creation? Another commision.

      alf.pop - 2012-06-26 20:07

      The idiots should just open a diary where they will find Christian/Jewish/Hindu/Muslim/Bahai holidays apart from South African Public Holidays. The difficult part probably is to find somebody who is able to read! Suggestion - use our basi education minister. She will make the diaries and calendars disappear!

  • Wilma Benadé Adamson - 2012-06-26 19:28

    Very amusing - on the one side they want to take away religeous holidays - and on the other side (next paragraph) they want to add other religeous holidays

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-26 19:35

    I think all governmental departments want to park off more than what they are at the moment,oh,and get paid more.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-26 19:38

    Wilma do you know what a JACK is.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-06-26 19:43

      Most of South African Government JACK!!!

  • john.zeelie.75 - 2012-06-26 20:34

    I have the perfect solution. Make a few national holidays like new years, workers day, human rights day etc. Then asked all workers to state their religion. The Hindu, Muslim, Jews and Christians etc. then select their 4 days holidays as per their religion. On those days the specific religion group will be off. Workers of other religions groups must work. This mean that Christians will be off on Christmas day and other religions must work. Atheist will definitely not get off on any religion holidays seeing that they don’t believe in anything. Now sit back and see how long it will last and how many people will complain on Christmas day when they have to work. I wonder how many will become religiuos? What a joke !

  • Moa - 2012-06-26 20:39

    I think al de religious influenced public holidays be eliminated 2 avoid de regious clashes bcs they all want 2 be recognised like de christianity,aparently ds many public holidays affect de economic state of de country.

  • ron.hobson.313 - 2012-06-26 20:57

    The ANC led Government know how to waste money, Why r we entertaining this nonsense.Leave the Holidays alone,the next thing foreigners r also going to request their countries holidays.

  • marcelle.dekock.1 - 2012-06-26 22:16

    I'm a Christian and I support other religions' need for religious private holidays. But don't take away Christian holidays. THAT is discrimination. Tend to the rights of other religions, don't take away ours!

  • Warona Mokgosi - 2012-06-27 02:59

    This is long overdue! not all SA'ns are Christians. Some days need not be public holidays but they can be observed like Nelson Mandela day where pple still go to work. This will have a positive impact on our economy as well. And this this thing of taking Mondays as public holiday if the actual holiday happened to be on a Sunday, it's ridiculous... It also interrupts learning for schools.

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