Zuma asked for extra public holiday

2011-12-12 15:25

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has been asked to grant working South Africans an extra public holiday next year because Christmas falls on a Sunday.

"It came to our attention that during 2011, working South Africans will only enjoy 11 out of the 12 paid public holidays," said Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George on Monday.

The organisation said with Christmas being on a Sunday, according to the Public Holiday Act, the Monday would have to be a holiday.

"However, Monday, December 26 2011 is the Day of Goodwill, meaning that it falls outside the ambit of the Public Holidays Act..."

It said it hoped the president would grant an extra public holiday next year, to make up for the one lost in 2011.

Fedusa sent the letter on November 18 and was told to expect a response after the COP 17 climate change conference, which concluded on Sunday.

  • Larry - 2011-12-12 15:32

    South Africa already has too many holidays. If Xmas falls on a Sunday, tough. The Country can not afford half of these holidays. Whats the betting he will grant it and make it a Mid week holiday, just to make things more difficult.

      Chris - 2011-12-12 15:55

      Be my guest to go into work that day if you feel so strongly about it.

      Larry - 2011-12-12 16:26

      @ Chris. Already do mate, trying to make wages for a bunch that need retraining after a long weekend.

      Dave - 2011-12-12 18:52

      Just to let everyone know, Christmas Day falls on Sunday 25 December 2011. Time some people woke up. Tuesday 27 December is NOT a holiday this year.

      Sizwe - 2011-12-12 21:48

      Too many compared to who Larry?

      Juicecard - 2011-12-12 23:26

      lazy folks, how can fedusa be irked by by one day when hundreds of manhours are lost each year through illegal strikes and toyi-toying

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-13 02:00

      @Dave, you are correct. However, like every first world counntry I am taking Monday AND Tuesday off.

      Johan - 2011-12-13 07:52

      @Sizwe-wa-Pele - All 3rd world countries in that list. Enough said.

      Deon - 2011-12-13 08:23

      We had an extra holiday in May for the elections.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2011-12-13 08:51

      agh jou oulike ou sceamertjie

      Sealebareki - 2011-12-13 08:54

      yes thats true larry

      Yaseen - 2011-12-13 09:03

      JohanZee - you fail to mention that these are also some of the fastest growing economies in the world

      MoAfrika - 2011-12-13 09:32

      @viker ever heard of insurance???

      Vicker - 2011-12-13 10:02

      @MoAfrica - you're a particularly bright one, aren't you...

      Michael - 2011-12-13 15:02

      @Dave - If you read the article and understand it correctly - the powers that be are asking for the Tuesday next year (2012) because it falls on a Sunday this year (2011) - Next year Xmas will fall on a Tuesday because of the leap year! So then what they should ask for is for the Monday to be a holiday. Easy peasy. They obviously did not do the math.

      Johan - 2011-12-13 17:24

      @Yaseen - Most of those 3rd world countries will never make it, either because of islam, or because of socialism/communism/etc.

  • Mr Kcopah - 2011-12-12 15:32

    it only just one day..come on get your a$$es out there and work!

      Kala - 2011-12-12 16:02

      Nice one tbooze

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-12 15:34

    Any initiative that is meant to promote the interest of our over worked and underpaid working class and marginalised must be supported by all. I say amandla to FEDUSA!

      Peter - 2011-12-12 15:41

      Phumezo, Sa's productivity does not even rank in the top 50 in the world. How can you possibly justify the 'hard working' statement?

      Blade - 2011-12-12 15:52

      You wouldnt know hard work if...oh never mind. Im wasting my time.

      Craig - 2011-12-12 16:05

      Peter you must please excuse Phumezo his remarks really never hold any water he is purely here for our entertainment much like his hero malema. Why would he want to work an extra day when like 90 % of his comrades much prefers a freebie or handout ?

      Donaker - 2011-12-12 16:17

      @Peter totally agree, SA has one of the lowest productivity to wage ratios, the result of the mindless pampering of union demands, little do they realise that SA is hereby becoming less attractive for foreign investors: ie less jobs, but then they will DEMAND more jobs, the idiots must just start working

      Vicker - 2011-12-12 16:45

      Overworked and underpaid? You are definitely an "employee"...We have the worst productivity/wage ration in the world - our "employees" deserve a kick up the a$$ and a good whipping to get their attitudes straightened up...

      johnkk - 2011-12-12 17:09

      You might find this interesting. SA is one of the highest paid in 'produced unit', yet we are one the most unproductive countries in the world. I am very interested in your argument about this.

      Soetdoring - 2011-12-12 18:01

      Over worked? - try to cut down on the number of toyi-toyis and you may even find that your productivity might increase.

      Judith - 2011-12-12 19:28

      Why do employees at my corporate walk so slowly down the passage or along a path, like they are at a holiday resort? It's so irritating. Just an example of poor productivity. Next time you are in the post office, and they have to step out of their cubicles and go and pick up a parcel, watch them. Why do they stroll so slowly. It's like they have a "go slow" permanently. I used to work in Australia. We worked less hours per week, too tea and lunch breaks, and we still got MORE DONE in the time available!!! There is such a sense of entitlement in this country, it's like the national culture. Along with a lack of decency, rudeness and unethical behaviour....

      Sean - 2011-12-12 22:26

      @Phumezo !! Why don`t you become a comedian ? Why don`t you go on strike ?

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-13 02:05

      Excuse me, I work after hours and weekends where necessary. Most first world countries have Monday (26) and nTuesday (27) as holidays. Why not SA? It is not like the country is going to do external trade on these days.

      Mathilda - 2011-12-13 06:04

      @ OzzyInSA: You've got to be want Monday AND Tuesday after Christmas to be public holidays?? If you celebrate/observe Christmas as a Christian, you need only Christmas day (this year on a Sunday) to do so, you do not need two extra days tagged on to celebrate true Christmas. And no, not all first world countries take the days after Christmas off.... There will most definitely be external business trading on those days. SA has way too many public holidays as it is already, someone sneezes and there you go....a public holiday is declared.

  • StarStruck - 2011-12-12 15:35

    I won't mind an extra public holiday. Lets call that day National "I Demand" day. Wait, wait, wait! Even better - Please let it fall on a Friday or a Monday pretty please.

      Paul.Giloi - 2011-12-12 20:39

      I got an even better idea. Make it a Tuesday then we can take sick leave on Monday

      Pierre - 2011-12-13 07:56

      It's not "I demand", but "We deemund".

  • Jay - 2011-12-12 15:38

    Sure ... make all Fridays and Mondays puplic holidays. Lazy bones !!!!!

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-12 15:38

    Lazy South Africans.

  • Rory - 2011-12-12 15:40

    Stop crying and get back to work FEDUSA....

  • acsteyn - 2011-12-12 15:41

    I agree. We defenitely need more public holidays. We can afford at least another 1 per month. I also want a "tweede nuwe jaar", so I can also sleep off my babelaas. I am sure Vavi can arrange this. It must causing disparity already.

      John - 2011-12-13 04:13

      OzzyInsa, stop dreaming about that pretty ewe that you left at home. Educate yourself and google " christmas and christianity"

      vuyour - 2011-12-13 05:50

      @ThailandJohn - You really need to do your research. OzzyInsa is correct Christmas has nothing to do with Christianity and Jesus was not born on that day. Just to lead you in the right direction read about "Pagon Gods"

  • Adrian - 2011-12-12 15:44

    Is this a joke?

      Sean - 2011-12-12 22:23

      Not April yet :)

  • RA - 2011-12-12 15:47

    lol, really? u c christians get everything.. christmas is just another sales day, that needs to stop including the enslave religion -christianity..

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-12 16:11

      Christmas has nothing to do with Christianity.

      RA - 2011-12-12 16:26

      not? so what does the christ doing in christmas? u know he was "born" on that date? and christianity comes from "christ" .. think b4 u reply..

      Adrian - 2011-12-12 16:57

      @OzzyInSA HAHAHAHAHAHA! Really... Are you also hoping to be a recipient of a Darwin award?

      Jan - 2011-12-12 20:16

      RA I don't know your religion but can guess what it is. I presume you do work on all the public holidays and then demand overtime pay?? Or do you enjoy the Christian holiday at home??

      Philip - 2011-12-12 21:02

      @RA .. I agree with Jan , you probably enjoy all the days plus your holidays ... do Christians get to enjoy your holidays ??? Oh yeah I'm not Christian !! I try and respect everyones believes but I can tell that you don't mate so stop to fcking whinging !!

      RA - 2011-12-13 02:52

      @ the 2 retards.. stop crying over little useless stuff,i was merely stating the facts. n one standing up for christians, is like one sitting on the wire. choose ur side girls, and lastly, i didnt make the holidays, so yes i njoy them all, but more i enjoy my sabath, saterdays.

      John - 2011-12-13 04:16

      OzzyInsa, stop dreaming about that pretty ewe that you left at home. Educate yourself and google " Christmas and Christianity"

      Rentia - 2011-12-13 12:38

      Jesus was actually not born in December. People has long before His birth celebrated 25 Dec to worship the sungod. Google Sol Invictus. If you don't know anything about Christianity, don't try to be a rocket scientist with it.....!!

      RA - 2011-12-14 07:51

      i think u r mistaken horus for the Sun god? no, its Ra. and christianity came from horus/christ, who proclaimed himself 2b "God" b4 all the people, which was actually a lie.. thats why christ/horus had to be crucified for his sins. nowa days christians worship him as their saviour.. but what they do not understand, he just died for his own sins.. no one can die for another's sins.. the penalty for sin is death.. in Revelations christ calls himself the morning star, which is actually lucifer. but we can go back to the rocket part, when the anunaki / fallen angels / osiris(jesus/horus's dad) "fell from heaven" "came 2 earth" "Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth" and we r living in woe now aren't we? over 2 u ..

  • dcostine - 2011-12-12 15:50

    If the unions do not get it, do you think that they will go on a strike for 5 days to get the one day off:-)

  • Michelle - 2011-12-12 15:50

    If only they will stop bitching about a bloody day off and get off their arses and do a day's work!!! Maybe then our country might just get a step in the right direction!!!

  • Sandile Bhengu - 2011-12-12 15:53

    we are entitled on what belongs to us. There FEDUSA is right.

      Lee - 2011-12-12 16:05

      You are entitled to get the 25th and 26th of December off work. What's the issue then ?

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2011-12-12 16:15


      Bryan - 2011-12-12 16:18

      And what belongs to you Sandile Bhengu???

      Kala - 2011-12-12 17:10

      You're entitled to an education. Get one.

      Donaker - 2011-12-12 18:57

      You only think about what you think belongs to you, what about giving to the country what belongs to it: the fair amount of labour for your wage, not the below-par productivity South Africa is straddling with, get working!

      Ronald - 2011-12-12 22:21

      Sandile, I am entitled to get a full day's work from employees for the grossly inflated pay they get, for them to work according to their job description, to work the hours set out in their contract, for them not to steal from me. Do I get it even if I pay for it? Must be joking! In SA work ethic is mostly non existent, the average employee sees it as his right(read entitled,sic) to be lazy, to be rewarded for a lousy job, to an increase in pay even if his productivity declined. Many employees in this country have little if any pride in their jobs. This is a reflection of their lives in general. Those that do excel are sneered at although they carry the dead weight. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

  • Craig - 2011-12-12 15:59

    As a small businessman... Which part of eat s... and die doees fedusa need to understand??? I have an employee who took all 12 public holidays, 12 sick days, 15 annual leave days and 3 family days this year - she effectively took 2 full working months off... And i'm supposed to generate income to pay salaries how??? We need less and better spread holidays... How about 1 scheduled long weekend per month!

      Craig - 2011-12-12 16:07

      LOL Craig ... sounds about right boet ... TIA .. condolences !

      Peter - 2011-12-12 16:09

      If you employ the lazy clowns then you are a bigger idiot than them. Offer a hand and they will rip your arm off!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-12 16:12

      That's the mentality of people. They should own a business, they will realise there are NO DAYS off

      Tyron - 2011-12-12 16:20

      Can I have a job?

      Activity Bookings - 2011-12-12 16:31

      In the hospitality business there is no such thing as public holidays :-(

      Sheik - 2011-12-12 17:00

      And she still works for you?

      John - 2011-12-13 04:30

      Craig, Fire her lazy ass! Can I have her job?

      Joy - 2011-12-13 07:41

      I've taken my 15 days annual leave, the 12 public holidays this year that are due to me and everyone else. I have only taken one sick day this entire year. Some people take full advantage of their "sick" days. Then come promotion time, or increase time, they wonder why they don't get what they "think" they deserve

      coetzee - 2011-12-13 08:11

      I would like a job as well, I will fire them easy as pie. Why do you think I'm out of work. The bastards told me I must take a walk or they will kill me. One man against a army. At least I fired 43 of they comrades and did not get one case that went further. You just work them with the law and keep the paperwork up to date. I used to work 18 hours a day.

      Trudy - 2011-12-13 18:37

      I can totally ralate Craig, easy for people to say, fire them, but there is a process that needs to be followed, or you have to pay unfair dismissal costs. I had a girl, always off sick over long weekends, also took 12 days off sick in first 3 months, and when it was Swine flu, she of course had swine flu, freaking swine

  • Anton - 2011-12-12 16:12

    GOD Forbid you have to work an extra day in your life! All your members are going to do is go to the beach and get drunk anyway

  • Brian - 2011-12-12 16:18

    we have got enough holidays already. how about extending the weekends coz itz now the festive season.

  • Chaapo - 2011-12-12 16:19

    I lways say SA leaders do not think. Have people suddenly woken up to the fact of the two occassions? Why does there have to be crisis management for everything?

      Judy - 2011-12-13 01:36

      Like why did they not be proactive and include it in the calendar 16 months ago when the diaries came out? Yeah right. Have you seen them sleeping in parliament while they could have read a diary? Much too difficult. They have to wait to December to wake up for the closing of Parliament to go on holiday. Shame! Learn to live with it. It is here to stay.

  • Henk - 2011-12-12 16:20

    lazy bastards!!

  • gys.smit - 2011-12-12 16:20

    I think SA already has to many public holidays , we need to get this country going, I work in the transport industry and for some or other reason they have gotten it right to make 27th Dec a public holiday. The only industry in SA that has a holiday on the 27th

      Joy - 2011-12-13 07:43

      my mother works in the Auto industry, and her Company is adamant that the 27th is a holiday. Even though i have sent her proven fact that it is not. Well lucky for her she gets an extra day. I don't.

      tracey.badenhorst - 2011-12-13 12:21

      I work in the industry as well so at least I'm thankful for that extra day to spend with my children.

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2011-12-12 16:21

    This is stupid

  • sidney.gilroy - 2011-12-12 16:25

    You can see the unions and the government are run by people who can barely count their fingers and toes without needing a calculator. What the hell happens to the 34 days lost due to Strike Action ? It`s not like the company is creating jobs or needs a lack in productivity. African Economic Mentality=I will sit under the tree and drink beer, while you guys plant and reap. Eishhh.

  • Pieter - 2011-12-12 16:26

    The people of this country just dont want to work.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2011-12-12 16:27

    Mbeki gave us a extra holiday so why shouldn't Zuma do the same

      taurais - 2011-12-12 17:40

      Not that I agree with you but well sported dude!!

  • Bryan - 2011-12-12 16:28

    Is it April fools day?? Oh no..., just another stupid idea from a lazy Government sponsored money pit..!! Stupidity has no bounds!

  • Deon - 2011-12-12 16:29

    Most people plan theire holidays better than theire life, I am glad we have a leap year next year.

      Jan - 2011-12-12 20:18

      Before you can know they will ask for 29th February to be declared a public holiday!!!!!

  • Xavier Bika - 2011-12-12 16:35

    Guess Gov doesn't realise what impact public holidays have on our economy!!

  • Mlungisi - 2011-12-12 16:35

    Give that man a bells..................we'll appreciate to have one, if not possible then life goes on.

      Ronald - 2011-12-12 22:31

      I think if an economist crunches the numbers and indicates to government how much less could be stolen or miss-appropriated they might reconsider.

  • Karmah - 2011-12-12 16:44

    Nevermind the Thousands that have no jobs, or food or even houses. The millions of little ones that don't know what it's like to get a Present for christmas. Never mind the fact that our prisons are overflowing. No, we must put this 1 lost public holiday at the top of the priority list. As if we didn't have enough holidays over easter. *shakes my head in shame* I wonder if our Governement can even spell Priority?

      Ronald - 2011-12-12 22:35

      Why not go the route of Sweden, I think. Cut the hours per week of those that want extra holiday by half and employ those that are qualified but unemployed for the balance of the week. Lets see how much that extra lazy ass day means to them.

      Vicker - 2011-12-13 10:09

      Eish Priority is the name of the new bucket special from KFC, yebo? Mnandi nkukhu...heh heh heh....

  • Hendrik - 2011-12-12 16:47

    It could very well be that the 2012 calendar I got to see the other day is wrong, but on that it seemed that there is already a "pasella" extra holiday for reasons I have no clue about. 30 April, is it or is it not and if it is WHY?

      Theresa - 2011-12-12 17:06

      No, it's 27 April...Freedom day

  • Derk - 2011-12-12 16:47

    do you think Zoomhead can think that far ahead?

      Vicker - 2011-12-12 16:51

      He will have to "apply his mind" to it first...

  • Craig - 2011-12-12 16:49

    Can you imagine if Mandela dies in the month of April ?

      Vicker - 2011-12-13 10:10

      Yip - all the bottle stores will run dry of champagne....

  • Lunga - 2011-12-12 16:53

    Half the people that commented here have no idea what Fedusa stand for. Tsk tsk tsk. Wonderful.

  • emile.eley - 2011-12-12 16:54

    Wtf? Maybe we should just go the whole hog and introduce a three day weekend,

  • Sheik - 2011-12-12 16:57

    Fedusa must had known the whole year, or did they only see this,this week?

      comurray - 2011-12-13 10:52

      They only woke up yesterday after a normal weekend where a case or two of Bells was consumed.

  • dare.myburgh - 2011-12-12 16:57

    Next year is a leap year so everything moves a day forward from 29 th Febuary,and you will still get your 4 days end of year.

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-12 17:09

    Zuma asked for extra public holiday- even the headline says it. it is not the government that wants the holiday it's the unions you all love criticizing the government so much that you can't even comprehend a simple sentence

  • MattQ4 - 2011-12-12 17:30

    Bring on the extra holidays :) Every extra holiday is yet another day where those of us who want to work can pull ahead of those who don't.

  • Zion - 2011-12-12 18:03

    Has somebody calculated how much money and production is lost due to a single public holiday? The sum is astronomical yet when the pay is a day short then all hell and protests breaks loose. Workers should not be paid if they did not work the public holiday and if they worked on that day then pay should be normal not double.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-12 18:14

    There's a saying that pretty much sums this up: Suck it up princess!

  • FerretGee - 2011-12-12 18:16

    And what about all the lost days when they are all on strike?? What a lazy, demanding country we have...

  • Dave - 2011-12-12 18:46

    These polititians are really good at spending other people's money. There are more than enough paid holidays .

  • wilma.botts - 2011-12-12 19:10

    If its not public holiday's they want ....then its strike strike strike...lazy bunch....

  • Tim - 2011-12-12 20:44

    SA has far too many public holidays, anyone running a business knows that each one costs them and the economy massively. Amazing that the unions don't complain when they get an extra day or a long weekend because of the calendar. The government keeps telling us that they are "creating jobs". Well you create jobs by making it affordable to employ people not by increasing the numbers of days one must pay them to stay at home. Public holidays, maternity leave, paternity leave, abuse of sick leave, onerous requirements from UIF and workman's comp. Mid year reconciliations of tax, VAT etc etc it simply means that small businesses would rather work harder or keep their size down than employ people. We should skip the religious connotations, have one long weekend a month and be done with it. That would be more than enough and would be more efficient than these ad hoc mid-week breaks which cause a break in production. Those of us who are self employed work most of these days anyway and without the benefit of "double time".

  • Bernd - 2011-12-12 21:27

    Whilst all you guys are whining I am going to enjoy my day off. Just in case you forgotten. Who reaps the rewards from your work ... Your boss and the Govt. So I say , f it. I am going to enjoy it if it comes my way.

      Mile - 2011-12-12 21:31

      get all locals out and put in foreigners to work u will see production. our locals are unskilled and a lazy brat

  • grobler.deon - 2011-12-12 21:43

    Well I had xmas leave but rather cancelled it to study and work on company projects. The things I can learn and further empower myself so outweighs me sitting on my arse. Nothing more to add :o(

  • tman.monobe - 2011-12-12 21:46

    how cud zuma suggests that we hv extra holiday next year..SA has too many holidays already and it is nt gud for our economy and productivity...

  • Sizwe - 2011-12-12 21:48

    Before you comment please read this

      Clara - 2012-06-11 12:46

      I checked this out but I presume those countries don't have strikes like we do?

  • Alva - 2011-12-12 21:54

    Bloody hell! Lets just all sit around and do nothing! To hell with productivity! Easy for Zuma to just hand out paid public holidays when his government is already fleecing taxpayers coffers!

  • Sharon - 2011-12-12 22:22

    On the one hand we are shouting job creation and the other we want to work less. Hell things don't make sense.

  • Frederique - 2011-12-12 22:34

    When a public holiday falls on a Sunday in South Africa it rolls over to Monday anyway at present.