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A long holiday weekend

April 22, 2015

Diane's tidbits

Today sees the start of a long holiday weekend with two public holidays coming up either side of the weekend. Freedom Day is celebrated on 27 April. This was the day in 1994 when the first democratic election was held in South Africa, when all adult citizens could vote irrespective of race or colour.  It was also the day in 1997 when the new South African constitution took effect.

Workers’ Dayhas been celebrated on 1 May of each year since 1994. In pre-1994 South Africa, the demand for the annual observance of the day as a public holiday became a rallying point for workers and their trade unions and was one of a number of annually significant days to symbolise and mobilise resistance to the Apartheid government and its racial policies. Many countries recognise the May Day holiday of course. Given the role that trade unions played in the…

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