For most of us, we’re only just getting back into the swing of things at work, but we’re already looking forward to the next long weekend. We took a look at upcoming public holidays and how they may be used to your advantage.
Here’s how you can take 4 days leave, and get 23 days of holiday over 5 mini breaks (and this doesn’t even include December).
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1.Take 1 day of leave in March and get 4 days off
The first opportunity is Thursday 21 March 2019, which is Human Rights Day. You can take off Friday 22 March to enjoy a four-day weekend. Yes, please.
2. The Easter weekend is 4 days long
The Easter weekend runs from 19 to 22 April – so that’s 4 days off from work without dipping into your annual leave days.
Unfortunately Freedom Day on 27 April falls on a Saturday this year. Oh well. You can’t win ’em all.
3. Take 2 days and get 5 days off
The next opportunity presents itself in May with Workers’ Day on the 1st. It falls on a Wednesday, so you could take the Monday and Tuesday before or the Thursday and Friday after Here’s how:
- Take Monday 29 April and Tuesday 30 April off to go on holiday from Saturday 27 April to Wednesday 1 May.
- Take Thursday 2 May and Friday 3 May off to have Wednesday 1 May until Sunday 5 May off.
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4. We have two 3-day weekends on the cards
Youth Day this year falls on Sunday 16 June and as a result we get Monday 17 June off. Then almost months later, another 3-day weekend presents itself with Women’s Day which falls on Friday 9 August.
5. Take 1 day and get 4 days off
This year, Heritage Day falls on Tuesday 24 September so put in for one leave day and you’ll enjoy a 4-day weekend. Here’s how:
- Submit leave for Monday 23 September and you’re on holiday from Saturday 21st to Tuesday 24th.
TIP: It’s best to submit these leave forms well in advance before anyone else in the office gets the inside scoop on how to make the most of SA’s public holidays.
A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.