UPDATED: Find the new 2021 school holiday calendar here

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You'll need these dates to plan ahead. (Getty Images)
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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: 

Click here to download the 2021 printable.

School holiday calendar July update


Click here to download the 2021 printable


The 2021 school calendar:

Friday 1 January: New Year's Day

Monday 1 February: Teachers back at school

Term 1

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 AprilSchools close

Tuesday 27 AprilFreedom Day

Saturday 1 May: Worker's Day

Term 2

Monday 3 MaySchools open for Term 2

Wednesday 16 June: Youth Day

Friday 30 June: Schools close

Term 3

Monday 19 July: Schools open for Term 3

Monday 9 August: Women's Day

Friday 24 September: Heritage Day

Friday 1 OctoberSchools close

Term 4

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 

ALSO SEE:  Is your child anxious about starting school for the first time? Here's how you can help

The school holidays 2021 at a glance:

February 2021:

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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