We once again have the pandemic to thank for an earlier than scheduled winter school break.
This was confirmed by the president during his most recent address to the nation, announcing that the country would move into Adjusted Level 4 lockdown.
Also read: Adjusted Level 4 lockdown: Schools to close by Wednesday, leisure travel to Gauteng banned
Among other measures aimed at tackling the third wave of Covid-19 infections, the president said that the July holidays would begin on 30 June, or at the very latest 2 July instead of 12 July.
According to updates made to the public school calendar since the president's address, schools are set to reopen on Monday, 19 July.
Below we've included school term dates as well as all holidays in a handy print out.
Remember, these are the term dates for state schools because private schools set their own term dates and differ widely.
Simply click and save this school holiday calendar to your cellphone, or download and print out.
SA school holidays 2021:
The 2021 school calendar:
Friday 1 January: New Year's Day
Monday 1 February: Teachers back at school
Monday 15 February: Schools open for Term 1
Sunday 21 March: Human Right's Day, Monday 22 March is a public holiday
Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April: Easter weekend
Friday 23 April: Schools close
Tuesday 27 April: Freedom Day
Saturday 1 May: Worker's Day
Monday 3 May: Schools open for Term 2
Wednesday 16 June: Youth Day
Friday 30 June: Schools close
Monday 19 July: Schools open for Term 3
Monday 9 August: Women's Day
Friday 24 September: Heritage Day
Friday 1 October: Schools close
Monday 11 October: Schools open for Term 4
Wednesday 15 December: School's out!
Thursday 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
Saturday 25 December: Christmas Day
Sunday 26 December: Day of Goodwill; Monday 27 December is a public holiday
The school holidays 2021 at a glance:
Schools open Monday 15 February 2021. Teachers started on Monday 1 February.
April/May 2021 holiday:
Schools close Friday 23 April and reopen Monday 3 May.
July 2021 holiday:
Schools close Friday 9 July and reopen Monday 26 July.
October 2021 holiday:
Schools close Friday 1 October and reopen Monday 11 October.
December 2021 holiday:
Schools close on Wednesday 15 December.
Source: Department of Basic Education
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