CONFIRMED: No public holiday on Monday, Mzansi is mad, here’s why… Back to work! Mzansi is mad after plans for a long weekend fell apart following President Ramaphosa’s Springboks public holiday pledge.
South Africans and Springboks supporters who were gearing up for a public holiday on Monday will have to set their alarms once again after the Presidency confirmed that Cyril Ramaphosa will only address the nation tomorrow.
This after the country was promised a day off after the national rugby team won the Rugby World Cup for a second consecutive time.
The Boks beat New Zealand’s All Blacks 12-11 on Saturday night to become the first country to win four World Cup titles.
NO PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON MONDAY
In a tweet, the office of the presidency revealed that a public address would only occur on Monday evening.
This means that South Africans who anticipated a long weekend would have to go to work on Monday instead.
The tweet read: “President @CyrilRamaphosa will tomorrow, 30 October 2023, address the nation. Time: 20h00”
No other details of a public holiday were given.
Naturally, many South Africans were not impressed after initial reports that the president was “considering” making Sunday or Monday a public holiday.
“This is not what you promised us,” commented one angry tweep. Another added: “It’s a little too late. If you want to announce Monday a public holiday, you need to meet with us tonight”.
Before jetting off to France on Friday, Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya revealed that the proposal of a public holiday – likely falling on Sunday – was still being considered by the president.
He said in a media briefing: “The president has received a lot of messages in this regard. South Africans from all walks of life have reached out to him. He said to me I must relay the fact that he’s considering the request.”
MATRIC EXAMS ALSO BEGIN
Also raining on the parade of a public holiday is the fact that Matric students officially begin writing exams on Monday, 30 October.
According to the Department of Education, students will write their first English exam paper around the country.
WHEN WILL WE GET A DAY OFF?
In the comments section, many were hopeful –about when SA would be granted a public holiday. Others were overly optimistic on good news like load shedding and petrol prices.
and other good news from the president.
PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO ADDRESS THE NATION
President @CyrilRamaphosa will tomorrow, 30 October 2023, address the nation.
ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA pic.twitter.com/lrep69iPfJ
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) October 29, 2023