Here’s How to Take 4 Days Leave & Get 23 Days off in 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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Leigh Hermon

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.

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