Too much of a good thing

Finweek English Edition - - Main stories this week -

WHAT HAP­PENED WITH THE EASTER week­end over and an­other long week­end ahead, sev­eral news­pa­pers are ask­ing whether the time hasn’t come to take an­other look at the num­ber of hol­i­days in SA dur­ing the year, as more peo­ple die on the roads at those times and it also harms the econ­omy. SA has 12 pub­lic hol­i­days/year, but peo­ple in­creas­ingly ex­tend their breaks when a hol­i­day falls on a Tues­day or Thurs­day. DIE BURGER said there are even calls for more re­li­gious hol­i­days for other re­li­gious groups. No rea­son­able per­son would dis­pute the fair­ness of that, the pa­per said, but most peo­ple would prob­a­bly also agree that we must avoid that so as not to have even more hol­i­days. Volks­blad said it would be a good idea to drop the cus­tom of mak­ing the Mon­day a day off when a hol­i­day falls on a Sun­day.


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