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

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: 

Click here to download the 2021 printable.


Click here to download the 2021 printable

(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 AprilFreedom 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 

ALSO SEE | Managing the great leap from Primary to High school

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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