Another public holiday

2011-12-14 16:45

Pretoria - Acting president Kgalema Motlanthe on Wednesday added another public holiday to the festive season.

According to an announcement by the presidency, December 27 will now also be a public holiday.

Motlanthe is acting president while President Jacob Zuma is in Mozambique for a state visit.

  • Blade - 2011-12-14 16:49

    Why not Kglema? Carry on adding holidays...Its not like you understand economics anyway. Money just comes from the white man doesnt it?

      Gareth - 2011-12-14 16:50

      Just be grateful, cheer up son!

      Blade - 2011-12-14 16:54

      @Gareth Im self employed. You obviously have no grasp of economics either.

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-14 16:55

      it does f@ck the economy though

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-14 17:14

      Someone may have a degree but they don't sound very grown up to me.

      Gareth - 2011-12-14 17:26

      Blade majority of the country would have taken the 27th off in any case. Most industries are practically dead over this period. Happy Christmas.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-14 17:36

      Saksak you are a tool. You don't understand economics. You just want a free paid day off.

      Blade - 2011-12-14 17:41

      I give up. At least I will be keeping the wheels of industry turning while you lot are laying in bed smelling your own farts.

      Andrew - 2011-12-14 17:51

      @Blade: did you stop to consider that maybe it is being made a public holiday because the public holiday on the 25th, i.e. Christmas, falls on a Sunday. As the Monday is already a public holiday (Boxing day), its a 'double roll-over'.

      Andrew - 2011-12-14 18:31

      @Blade: I don't think that is quite correct. Considering it has a UK/Commonwealth lineage and that in the UK if one of them falls on a weekend it rolls over (so this year both the 26th and 27th are bank holidays in the UK), it seems logical to expect the 27th to be granted. Additionally, public holidays are taken into account when assigning annual leave. So in a country like the UK where there are only a few public holidays, annual leave is more substantial, whilst in SA where there are many public holidays, the paid annual leave given by an employer is less. If the number of public holidays increased/decreased you would expect to see a similar change to paid annual leave. Imagine if employees demanded to be reimbursed for that lost day off? It could have quite a significant effect on a company's cashflow if they had to pay out this lost leave to all employees. So yes, the companies may lose a day of profit, but loss of cash tends to be a much more serious thing for day-to-day operations - I'm sure you as a self-employed person understands that profitability is important for long term survival, but cash is king in the short term.

      clivecorbz - 2011-12-14 18:32

      Yes, Blade... All money comes from white people... That's a special kind of ignorance right there. Take off your blinkers before you comment on society.

      Lara - 2011-12-14 18:38

      To all you self righteous self-employed who never take a break. It was your choice. No-one says you must do what you do. Also, public holidays bring the fart smellers out to spend money at your businesses. Are you going to turn them away?

      Lordwick - 2011-12-14 18:45

      Hei it's sometimes sucks to be South african!!!! because everythat....evrything is racialised.white that black for myself am sick and tired of stupid people with acces to internet only to prove their stupidity.

      Richard - 2011-12-14 18:48

      @ the moron Saksak Motsepe: It's not a black mans holiday you idiot.. It's for everyone. As for those that suffer from too many people it's more likely to be you since you get less benefits resulting from less money earned from the so called 'whites' as a result of the loss to the economy. It's Christmas though so I don't mind too much, think it's a bit retarded to announce that the 27th is becoming a pub holiday a little over a week and a half in advance though!

      Andrew - 2011-12-14 18:48

      Blade - you are what is called a troll - you are the very first person to bring race into this discussion - whihc should have nothing to do with race! Troll!

      Marc - 2011-12-15 09:08

      blade you litle whiny bitch. shut up with your agendas and stop moaning FFS!

      Lindiwe - 2011-12-15 09:33

      Its a shame seeing that 290 people actually like the crap you just said Blade!!! Tells a lot about our society!!! You are such an idiot!!!

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:34

      Damn all you nay sayers. KEEP QUIET AND ENJOY THE EXTRA HOLIDAY YOU WORKAHOLICS. life is not all about the bottom line. Live a little for gods sake

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:37

      @blade. Youre a fool. Noone is forcing you to stay away from work on the 27th. Go work, the rest of us will enjoy the extra day off

      Brenton007 - 2011-12-15 10:32

      @ Blade, you obviously don't understand economics either. Most industries are closed between Christmas and New Year which means economic activity will be at its lowest and the impact of the extra public holiday will be insignificant. This translates into a pretty smart move as he has satisfied the masses call for an extra public holiday with minimal impact. Secondly the public holiday is for everyone and not only for a certain portion of the population, so your reference to race indicates the level of your intellect which is obviously very low. Finally, I am interested to know what your business does that it will be the only one keeping the wheels of the economy rolling not only on the 27th but that entire week.

      Sean - 2011-12-15 11:28

      Blade you are right, most people have no understanding of how much an extra public holiday actually costs. Take the manufacturing industries which do not close, now they have to pay double time to stay operational for this day. Almost all retailers are also on a 1 1/2 or 2 times daily pay etc etc. So ya, we all enjoy another holiday, but this one extra day will cost industry billions. Unless of course those who are moaning about crap are comfortable with every single shop, re-seller etc closing for the day?

      Brenton007 - 2011-12-15 12:01

      @ Sean, we are talking about the Public Holiday declared for the 27th. Which manufacturers are open over this period?

      Lila - 2011-12-15 12:31

      Actually, Blade is correct. I also have my own business. You are right Lara, nobody forced my hand; however if it wasn't for people like me, people like you wouldn't have a job. Try and grasp that concept with your braincell. Secondly, we have more than enough public holidays. Add that up along with the annual working leave days for employees and you are close on an entire month in the year that employees are off from work. For those that don't understand, this means they get full pay for zero productivity therefore not generating any income for the company. And contrary to popular belief, not all companies are multimillion dollar franchises. Sunday is boxing day, so it rolls over onto the Monday, making the Monday a public holiday. The 27th is a Tuesday. Now another day on which 1) employees take an extra day off that they need to be compensated for and 2) a day on which businesses cannot trade and therefore cannot generate an income. So yes, for a business, especially a small business, you do feel it. When I was an employee and worked for other companies I too was in favour of public holidays and would think my boss was being ignorant and money hungry when he complained about them. Now that I am an employer, with bills to pay, one of them ensuring you get your salary on time, I now realise you actually LOSE money everytime there is a public holiday. Just don't cry foul when you don't get a bonus.

      MikeLearview - 2011-12-15 12:52

      Let's try again, since my last comment was removed... This late announcement shows an unbelievable lack of planning by the government.

      Brenton007 - 2011-12-15 13:12

      @ MikeLearview How do you plan for something that was demanded 2-3weeks ago? It is better to satisfy the masses now when economic activity is at its lowest for the year than sometime during the year when it is functioning normally.

      James - 2011-12-15 14:11

      @Blade, you are an idiot.

      James - 2011-12-15 14:16

      The fact is, most people will be on holidays during that period anyway. An economic loss, sure - but better at this time of the year than any other.

      nishaatf - 2011-12-15 14:23

      @BLADE Would you please stop bitching it done we getting it , there is nothen u can do , this has been going on for the last two month , but now u people want to complain oh we losing money u had a change to debate and fight this , WHY don’t u just put ur dummy in your mouth and shut the hell up and stop nagging, seriously get over u sorry ass , And this nonsense about white man money OMW GROW up and stop be pathetic

      Richard - 2012-02-12 11:45

      Thank you so much Kgalema. Good man.

  • Dean Kenad - 2011-12-14 16:52


  • Firehawk07 - 2011-12-14 16:54

    Was off anycase but that means it doesn't come off my annual leave so its one day extra for next year :)

      LeeMck - 2011-12-15 07:36

      Me too:) How is awesome is that???

  • DavidvanderMeulen.Jordaan - 2011-12-14 16:55 *** Tuesday, 27 December 2011 has not been declared a public holiday. The Public Holidays Act does not make provision for the public holiday to be moved on in the event of the Monday already being a public holiday.

      marlin.forbes - 2011-12-14 17:06

      That is normally true, but in this case, it is not true because of the placement of the days and an appeal from the public to have it added.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-14 17:42

      Rules don't count. Next year government is moving Christmas to June 16 in the hope of a white Christmas...

      AdrianFrith - 2011-12-15 01:45

      I think what that page is saying is that 27 December is not automatically a public holiday, because some people might have assumed that the "Monday rollover" would have rolled over to Tuesday because Monday is already a public holiday. But now that the President has declared a special public holiday (which he can legally do) that page hasn't been updated.

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:39

      David, David, David, if you would prefer to work then by all means do. I wont because ill be enjoying the day off with family and friends while you slog away at your 9 to 5.

  • paul.maarman - 2011-12-14 16:56

    thanks, acting president;-) at least we not invading Lesotho again

  • rowan.maulson - 2011-12-14 16:59

    This is such a bloody joke..

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:41

      Live a little, if you wanna work your life away go ahead because at the end, you will be maggot food

      Monique - 2011-12-15 10:10

      YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!! extra holiday! Give Kgalema a Johnny Blue for goodness sake ;)

  • lebo.lathane - 2011-12-14 17:00

    A Bells is coming your way Mr President!!!

      Shadho - 2011-12-14 17:09

      the deputy is now President???? hahahahah damn arent you well educated!!!

      Makatikamusona - 2011-12-14 17:11

      At least he scored few points from me for Mangaung, I just had to include politics

      fredahsm - 2011-12-14 19:07

      Acting President or President, who cares? only suspicious mind or should I say suspicious minds...........

      lebo.lathane - 2011-12-15 08:35

      Suspicious Mind if that's your yardstick to tell whether a man is educated or not, then I'm suspicious about your mind.

  • Jay - 2011-12-14 17:00

    lol crazy, what about all those companies that now have to pay public holiday rates?

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:42

      oh i feel so so so so bad for those companies! i mean, they have to pay more now, ag shame, heres a lolly

  • Rina - 2011-12-14 17:00

    To do what with? More lazy people at home doing nothing?

      Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-14 17:05

      What is wrong with you. Holidays are fun days. You must be missing something. Visit your family share some love .

      fredahsm - 2011-12-14 19:11

      @Rina, to answer your question: work up on wednesday the 28th and count how many people are going to work then compare with the 19th Jan 2012. All those complaining are the ones who didn't either manage or qualify to get leave in Dec, so enjoy work and live with ur issues, let us enjoy and have fun.....

      thabo.tebele - 2011-12-15 06:21

      Spot on Gregory,some of us work we do need it and we have are thanfull that we would have a little time to spend with our families.Whats wrong with most of you people?

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:43

      Rina, do you have any enjoyment without work? the govt gives u a holiday and you are now crying about it. suck it up stop whining

  • jaahvicky - 2011-12-14 17:01

    Nice 1 Acting President.....

  • i.R.womble - 2011-12-14 17:01

    For what, you still get paid but what about the people that have to earn their money for a living.

      marlin.forbes - 2011-12-14 17:07

      One day, let's not lose perspective. There are 365 of them in a year. :)

      iRwomble - 2011-12-14 17:33

      You clearly don't own your own business

      fredahsm - 2011-12-14 19:22

      They can work that day and make their money, no one is stopping them

  • Helmut - 2011-12-14 17:03

    Rome had panem et circenses - South Africa has public holicays, booze and drugs. That is how you get the economy going! Somehow they will find a way to ruin the country completely!

  • Wesley - 2011-12-14 17:05

    Thanks acting prez, I will still not vote CNA

  • Makatikamusona - 2011-12-14 17:06

    For me it does not make that much different because Trevor Manuel gave us that day already infact he gave us 2 days between Christmas an new year.I so wish he gave Tuesday the 3rd next year at least it was gonna ease up the traffic congestion coming from different places

  • Jono - 2011-12-14 17:06

    Awesome :)

  • bmaphelo - 2011-12-14 17:06

    thanx msholozi

      Makatikamusona - 2011-12-14 17:12

      No is Kgalema instead

  • bafana.skosana - 2011-12-14 17:06

    Thats my government, viva ANC viva, aish i know you will insult me, aish u people.

      Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-14 17:08

      No way buddy. The government occasionally gets it right. Viva holiday Viva .

      Shadho - 2011-12-14 17:13

      What did Madiba once say.....NEVER and NEVER again will such BS occur in the RSA... but then again who cares what Madiba ever said when it comes to those in the ANC of the day....grrrrrr!!!

      appietrader - 2011-12-14 18:17

      Ever wondered why companies mechanize? Only take casuals only when needed. Job creation....must be joking.... paying people to loaf at home???

      Andrew - 2011-12-14 18:52

      News 24 - please get rid of this Troll - Blade stop trawling race into every discussion

      fredahsm - 2011-12-14 20:00

      @Blade: how old are you, dude?

      André - 2011-12-15 10:22

      The holiday is great, but to insinuate that the ANC is doing a good job is ludicrous! Do you really think SA is going forward with less educated people trying to rule over the more educated? And what about the rest of the African continent being run down by so called "leaders" who can only "lead" by intimidating and threatening people. You live in a very small world of make-belief. Hoping you will come to your senses in 2012 and vote for intelligence, real vision, strong work ethics and responsible leadership!

  • Smital - 2011-12-14 17:11

    It is a hoakes e-mail the person writing this article should be fired *** Tuesday, 27 December 2011 has not been declared a public holiday. The Public Holidays Act does not make provision for the public holiday to be moved on in the event of the Monday already being a public holiday.

      Makatikamusona - 2011-12-14 17:14

      He is the President of the country afterall, He can do that

      Shadho - 2011-12-14 17:16

      @ makatika you certainly r uneducated...Zuma DID NOT declare it a holiday you eejit it was his puppet that did,grrrr...

      Makatikamusona - 2011-12-14 17:23

      @Suspicious Mind you are the stupid one here , if someone is acting as the president he has been given all the responsible to act on anything that needs the president while the president is away

      lukman.akinwande - 2011-12-14 17:28

      Smital it was declared by the acting president Kgalema Motlanthe. It is not a hoakes e-mail genius. Not good for the economy though.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-14 17:54

      Hoakes? What's that? Jeez, the spelling is atrocious on these comment sites.

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-15 00:41

      Smital, it is not a hoax. The wbsite will get updated on the 25th December, so that those responsible can get paid overtime and triple pay at that. Why do it on a regular working day?

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-15 00:42

      @ Burtfred, just like using the word jeez?

      Burtfred - 2011-12-15 08:12

      @Ozzyinsa Yes, jeez is a word, but you're ozzy so you probably wouldn't understand. Just for you, next time I'll use the word crikey! or bugger! You daggy freckle.

  • Schalk - 2011-12-14 17:13

    What a joke. Not even the leaders can act responsible. Sure 'everyone' wants to sit at home and do nothing and get paid for that. But somewhere we need to grow the economy and create more jobs. That is the only way to economic freedom.

  • Alva - 2011-12-14 17:15

    Why bother working at all?

  • traceyLew - 2011-12-14 17:15

    Why the extra holiday??? Blady ridiculous if you ask me. Another day of lounging around being lazy. Jeez there are some people who love to do nothing.

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-14 20:56

      Do you normally work on a Sunday?

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:46

      keep working your life away tracey. Always refuse to enjoy extra days with family and friends, theyre over rated anyways hey tracey

  • aardvarkie - 2011-12-14 17:15

    Ugh. Idiot. Do something constructive fool.

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-14 20:55

      Don't shoot the messenger.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-14 17:17

    You only live once , take the holiday, FFS. Stop being fking pessimists. Sit in the sun have a beer life is good.

      thabo.tebele - 2011-12-15 06:26

      Amen to that

      Michael - 2011-12-15 10:49

      ja Greg, and Nero had a fiddle! It's not about the one day being declared a holiday - that's cool for everyone except the guys that have to pay the bills - rather, it's ANOTHER day of zero revenue at full cost so sympathy for the employer here is not misguided.

      Linda - 2011-12-15 13:48

      Oh no, Gregory. If we sit in the sun and have a beer we run the risk of getting pissed, passing out and getting skin cancer. OMG, irony is a wonderful thing. Enjoy your beer.

  • nico.vanhuyssteen - 2011-12-14 17:18

    Interesting.......... We were discussing the possibilty the other day at work, without realising that somebody was actually seriously looking into it. Well, it won't bother me. Have to work it in any case, but will now have to be paid extra! Whoopee! Thanks Kgalema. At least we will forget about your little "get rich quick Iraq scheme"

  • Michele - 2011-12-14 17:19

    Now we have to change the date for the "wekkers" to come back! With only a thursday and Friday left in the "homecoming" week, whats the bet only half will pitch? This is rediculous

      jowza1 - 2011-12-14 17:22

      whathappened to wednesday michele

      E - 2011-12-14 17:24

      What happened to Wednesday?

      fredahsm - 2011-12-14 19:38

      Eish Michelle: 7 days of the week- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Oops I think I only have 6, which one is the 7th one again? *mind on holiday* Oh yes-Wetnesday

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-14 17:21

    I don't get the complains, this is not an extra holiday- gen knowledge says when a holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday is a holiday. but this time the Monday was already a holiday so it was just pushed to Tuesday. why do you love criticizing the gov. they giving you a day wish ur family

  • vangiz - 2011-12-14 17:24

    It makes sense, seeing that the 25th is a holiday and falls on a Sunday, which means we would get the 26th, but is also a holiday. So the next best thing to do is get the following day - the Tuesday! Stop moaning and enjoy it! How productive is anyone that week anyway?? I mean really now....

  • lukman.akinwande - 2011-12-14 17:24

    not good for the economy. Business owners and economists knows what i am talking about. lazy employee cant understand.

  • Clive - 2011-12-14 17:28

    Once again our so-called government panders to the unions, and the work ethic - such as it is - takes another knock. Is it any wonder we have lost our competitive edge in global business?

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:47

      um when did we ever have global competitiveness clive? your head is in the clouds

  • Bob - 2011-12-14 17:29

    LOL... is all I can say.

  • Gees - 2011-12-14 17:34

    I'm also self employed, but in hospitality, so while I know others will take a hit, I can't really complain

  • joshua.ndou - 2011-12-14 17:35

    So that means the 27th Is also a public holiday. This is not owk, the knew all allong the year why make changes now. This is not on. *Sad*

  • Jan - 2011-12-14 17:42

    Ek het reeds verlof vir die dag ingesit. Ek hoop ek kry krediet by my werkgewer.

      PyroSA - 2011-12-14 18:39

      As jy dit nie terugkry nie kan jy hulle aanvat.

  • Wesley - 2011-12-14 17:43

    This extra day is actually to give Santa Clause some time to get to all the president's kids. It is a tough job

      fredahsm - 2011-12-14 19:43

      Who is santa clause?

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-14 20:53

      You still believe in Santa Claus???

  • Gaby - 2011-12-14 17:44

    They knew about this a year ago, but they give us ten days notice. Where's the effing PLANNING? Every payroll system in the country just got messed up. Every retailers budget just got screwed. And they want to run the mines. God help the miners. (we need some oxygen down here. good idea, i'll order sum..)

      fredahsm - 2011-12-14 19:45

      What "effing PLANNING"?

      Clive - 2011-12-14 21:11

      The ANC government is incapable of planning - see Eskom.

  • Moses - 2011-12-14 17:46

    Thanks Mr President (Acting)

  • Moses - 2011-12-14 17:46


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      Mike - 2011-12-14 18:14

      Its actually COWABUNGA, but I get your message.

  • mike.miga - 2011-12-14 17:53

    Alright Motlanthe

  • mike.miga - 2011-12-14 17:53

    Alright Motlanthe

  • Kate - 2011-12-14 17:59

    Thank you kind sir

  • mokheled - 2011-12-14 18:06

    what is really the point? They fail to make Ntate Mandela birthday a public holiday when is still is.

  • Mike - 2011-12-14 18:09

    Thats one of the reasons our productivity stinks!

      spartan888 - 2011-12-15 09:50

      no mike, judging from your pic id say your life has passed the halfway mark, better start enjoying the years you have left and rather than being a grumpy old man

  • Siphesihle Sikhakhane - 2011-12-14 18:31

    What is this holiday? Is there really a need for it?

  • Ryan - 2011-12-14 18:37

    The ANCancer believes more public holidays = more votes. But as with everything else they are wrong. For the 50% of the population with no jobs and no education (ie the ANC vote) it makes no difference, and the majority of those with jobs and an education don't believe the ANCrap anyway and would never vote for them. The net effect = zero

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-14 20:50

      So why does the rest of the civilised world get Monday and Tuesday off? They have nothing to do with the ANC.

  • Ryan - 2011-12-14 18:40

    Direct cost to business has just been increased by 0.27% in the middle of a financial crisis. Madness!

      Nurse - 2011-12-14 20:03

      Killyjoy... just enjoy the bloody day off you twat

  • rvbrink - 2011-12-14 18:44

    Give them the public holiday but make make it conditional. If you dont work that day - no pay, if you work that day - you get paid normal. Lets see how many people then take that day off.

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-14 20:49

      Who is "them". The public holiday is for everyone.

  • fredahsm - 2011-12-14 18:54

    Those of you going to work, ENJOY! I will be enjoying myself, like I always do. ha la la, ha la la, ha la la..............*singing*

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2011-12-14 19:06

    This has more to do with the pay people receive working that time of the year, well as of tomorrow SA shuts down in any case.

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-14 19:08

    Not for the Shipping industry, I will be working :-(

      Perfume5 - 2011-12-14 21:56

      LMAO @getting a thumbs down because I will be working...flippin ignoramus!!!!

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-15 00:37

      Yeah, you will be 'working' and getting paid double or triple time. Quit your bitching. I did not give you the thumbs down, btw.

      Ryan - 2011-12-15 10:03

      Ozzy convict get back to your island. you're not wanted here