Following the recent announcement by Deputy Minister of Basic Education Dr Reginah Mhaule, the 2021 school year has been delayed by two weeks, with the new starting date set for Monday, 15 February.
Below we've included school term dates as well as all holidays in a handy print out so you can get a head start on planning your next family holiday.
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:
(Original calendar image: Getty Images)
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
Wednesday 31 March: Schools close
Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April: Easter weekend
Tuesday 13 April: Schools open for Term 2
Tuesday 27 April: Freedom Day
Saturday 1 May: Worker's Day
Tuesday 16 June: Youth Day
Friday 25 June: Schools close
Tuesday 13 July: Schools open for Term 3
Monday 9 August: Women's Day
Thursday 23 September: Schools close
Friday 24 September: Heritage Day
Tuesday 5 October: Schools open for Term 4
Wednesday 8 December: School's out!
Friday 10 December: Teachers are released...
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:
December holiday 2020/2021:
Schools close on Wednesday 15 December 2020 and open again Wednesday 27 January 2021. Teachers start on Monday 25 January.
March/April 2021 holiday:
Schools close Wednesday 31 March and reopen Tuesday 13 April.
June/July 2021 holiday:
Schools close Friday 25 June and reopen Tuesday 13 July.
September/October 2021 holiday:
Schools close Thursday 23 September and reopen Tuesday 5 October
December 2021 holiday:
Schools close on Wednesday 8 December; last day for teachers is Friday 10 December 2021.
Source: Department of Basic Education
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