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South Africa School Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 school holidays and term dates for South Africa. These dates are unlikely to be modified by the Department of Basic Education. However, please check back regularly for any updates that may occur.

School Term/HolidaysStartsFinishes
Term 111 Jan 2017
(Wed)
31 Mar 2017
(Fri)
Term 1 Break1 Apr 2017
(Sat)
17 Apr 2017
(Mon)
Term 218 Apr 2017
(Tue)
30 Jun 2017
(Fri)
Term 2 Break1 Jul 2017
(Sat)
23 Jul 2017
(Sun)
Term 324 Jul 2017
(Mon)
29 Sep 2017
(Fri)
Term 3 Break30 Sep 2017
(Sat)
8 Oct 2017
(Sun)
Term 49 Oct 2017
(Mon)
6 Dec 2017
(Wed)
Term 4 Break7 Dec 2017
(Thu)
16 Jan 2018
(Tue)

The dates of government school term and school holiday in South Africa are determined by the Department of Basic Education. Under Section 3(4)(k) of the National Education Policy Act, 1996, the Minister of Basic Education co-ordinates the dates of school terms among provinces and then releases the official dates to the public.

There are 4 terms in a school year, with a holiday in between terms.  Each term holiday in South Africa usually spans between 1 to 5 weeks. All the 9 provinces in South Africa – Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumlanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape – share the same school calendars.

School holidays in South Africa are a prime time for families to travel. So, make sure to book your family holiday plans in advance.

Visit gov.za for the original release.

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