Tag - Public Holiday

Women’s Day

Women’s Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. It commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" (under The Population Registration Act) to a pass, that served to maintain segregation, control urbanisation, and manage...

Youth Day

Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. On 16 June 1976 between 3000 and 10 000 students mobilised by the South African Students Movement's Action Committee marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest. Events that triggered the uprising can be traced back to policies of the Apartheid government that resulted in...

Freedom Day

Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national elections to be held in South African where anyone could vote regardless of race. Prior to this, during apartheid, racial segregation which was enforced by the ruling party, prevented any kind of inter-racial activity. It...

Human Rights Day

On 21 March 1960, the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships, like their fellow compatriots across the country, embarked on a march to protest against pass laws. The pass laws required all indigenous Africans over the age of 16 to carry a passbook everywhere they went. This long-standing practice served to severely restrict and control travel, dictating when, where...