Public Holidays Act, 1990

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Public Holidays Act, 1990

Act 26 of 1990

  • Published in Government Gazette no. 125 on 20 December 1990

  • Assented to on 6 December 1990
  • Commenced on 1 February 1991

  • [Up to date as at 14 July 2020]
  1. [Amended by Public Holidays Amendment Act, 2004 (Act 16 of 2004) on 17 December 2004]

ACTTo provide for public holidays and for incidental matters.BE IT ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia, as follows:-

1. Public Holidays

[The word “Holidays” in this heading should not be capitalised.]

(1)The days specified in the Schedule shall be public holidays.
(2)When a public holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday shall also be a public holiday, unless that Monday is a public holiday.
(3)The President may by proclamation in the Gazette declare any day in a particular year, not being a public holiday in terms of subsection (1) or (2), to be a public holiday.

2. Interpretation of laws

Any reference in any law to a public holiday shall be construed as a reference to a public holiday referred to in section 1.

3. Repeal of Act 7 of 1987

The Public Holidays Act, 1987, is hereby repealed.

4. Short title and commencement

This Act shall be called the Public Holidays Act, 1990, and shall come into operation on 1 February 1991.


New Year’s DayGood FridayEaster MondayIndependence Day (the twenty-first day of March)Workers Day (the first day of May)Cassinga Day (the fourth day of May)Ascension DayAfrica Day (the twenty-fifth day of May)Heroes Day (the twenty-sixth day of August)Day of the Namibian Women and International Human Rights Day (the tenth day of December)[The name of this public holiday is substituted by Act 16 of 2004.]Christmas Day (the twenty-fifth day of December)Family Day (the twenty-sixth day of December).