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School Terms & Public Holidays 2016/17 - South Africa
Source: Department of Basic Education [PDF]

2016 school calendar
Provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape. All nine provinces have the same school calendar for 2016.

Term

1 - (11) 13 Jan - 18 March

2 - 5 April - 24 June

3 - 18 Jul - 30 Sept

4 - 10 Oct - 7 (9) Dec

- Dates and days in brackets ( ) are applicable to educators

Public and school holidays 2016

1 January New Year's Day
21 March Human Rights Day
25 March Good Friday
28 March Family Day
27 April Freedom Day
1 May Workers Day
2 May Public holiday
16 June Youth Day
17 June School holiday
8 August School holiday
9 August Women's Day
24 September Heritage Day
16 December Day of Reconciliation
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Day of Goodwill

Source: National Education Policy Act: 2016 school calendar for public schools [PDF]


2017
The Department of Basic Education has published the school calendar for 2017.

All nine provinces have the same school calendar for 2017.

Term

1 - (9) 11 Jan - 31 March

2 - 18 April - 30 June

3 - 24 July - 29 September

4 - 9 Oct - 6 (8) Dec

- Dates and days in brackets ( ) are applicable to educators

Public and School Holidays 2017

1 January: New Year’s Day
20 March: School holiday
21 March: Human Rights Day
14 April: Good Friday
17 April: Family Day
27 April: Freedom Day
28 April: School holiday
1 May: Workers Day
16 June: Youth Day
9 August: National Women’s Day
24 September: Heritage Day
16 December: Day of Reconciliation
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Day of Goodwill

Source: National Education Policy Act: 2017 school calendar for public schools [PDF]