LABOUR: April Fool's Month
Recent Western Cape Business News
THE decision to hold the general election on Wednesday, April 22, means that there is likely to be a public holiday in every week of April with two holidays in the final week of the month, says the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“This will have a huge impact on business and productivity and it is time for the Government to review its policy of holding elections on Wednesdays and declaring them public holidays,” said Mr Albert Schuitmaker, Executive Director of the Chamber.
The holidays are Good Friday on April 10, Easter Monday on April 13, a probable public holiday for the election on Wednesday, April 22, Freedom Day on Monday April 27 follow by Labour Day on Friday, May 1.
The school holidays run from April 3 to April 15. This means that many people will take a few days leave to add to the public and school holidays. Anybody taking leave on the last three days in April will have nine consecutive days off work as these days fall between two long weekends.
“In these circumstances April might be a good month for local tourism but very little other work will be done,” said Mr Schuitmaker. “In effect the decision to hold the election on April 22 means that the whole country will be on short time in April.”
He said it was time to move election days to the weekend as most European countries had done. This would eliminate the need for a public holiday and get rid of the disruptive public holiday in the middle of the week.
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