There are a few very confused South Africans out there this week. Schools are due to return from their holidays this week – on 17 July – but a message was doing the rounds saying that pupils only need to return on 19 July because of Mandela Day.
The Department of Basic Education spokesperson has, however, clarified that this is not true. In a statement, the department said:
“A social media message about a delayed start to the term, due to Mandela Day events on 18 July has caused much confusion in the basic education sector, and it is false.
“We expect all our pupils and teachers alike to report for duty as scheduled in order to commence the third term…The Mandela and Sisulu centenary celebrations will proceed without causing disruptions in schools.
“Both Mandela and Sisulu were committed to playing their part to ensure that all young people in South Africa had access to education without disturbances.
“This malicious social media message is therefore contrary to what both our late leaders stood for,” said the spokesperson.
It could have been nice to have an extra public holiday where we could just chill out and relax, ignite those braai fires and spend time with friends and family.