Terms and School Holidays in South Africa

There are no universal term dates or calendars that apply to all independent schools in South Africa. Many independent schools (especially four-term schools) follow the state calendar below, while others follow an association calendar. Some independent schools follow their own specific calendars.

The public school term calendar for 2014

Term Coastal Provinces Inland Provinces
Opens Closes Opens Closes
First 15 January 28 March 15 January 28 March
Second 7 April 27 June 7 April 27 June
Third 21 July 3 October 21 July 3 October
Fourth 13 October 10 December 13 October 10 December

The school term calendar for 2015

Term Coastal Provinces Inland Provinces
Opens Closes Opens Closes
First 21 January 01 April 14 January 25 March
Second 13 April 26 June 13 April 26 June
Third 20 July 2 October 20 July 2 October
Fourth 12 October 9 December 12 October 9 December

Proposed school term calendar for 2016

Term Coastal Provinces Inland Provinces
Opens Closes Opens Closes
First 13 January 18 March 13 January 18 March
Second 5 April 25 June 5 April 25 June
Third 18 July 30 September 18 July 30 September
Fourth 10 October 7 December 10 October 7 December