How to turn your 15 annual leave days into 44 blissful days out the office

Make the public holidays work for you: take annual leave days off around them to maximise the amount of time you'll get off

20 March 2019 - 06:00 By Sanet Oberholzer
Make sure you and your mates book leave at the same time so you can all make the most of those long weekends.
Make sure you and your mates book leave at the same time so you can all make the most of those long weekends.
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The new year is in full swing, the bliss of December braais and lazing on the beach forgotten. Luckily, just as the days seem to be getting too long, Thursday is Human Rights Day, the first public holiday of 2019.

If you haven’t yet put in your leave for this year, take a minute to plan the best combinations, coupled with public holidays. When added to weekends, you might find yourself scoring 44 days out of the office for a total of 15 annual leave days.

Grab your calendar, work out your strategy and put in those leave requests before everyone else does.

Human Rights Day, March 21

Take off: Friday, March 22

Days off: Four

Easter Weekend, April 19-22

Take off: Thursday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 23

Days off: Six

Worker’s Day, May 1

Take off: Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3

Days off: Five

Youth Day June 16, this year observed on June 17

Take off: Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14

Days off: Five

Women’s Day, August 9

Take off: Monday, August 12

Days off: Four

Heritage Day, September 24

Take off: Monday, September 23

Days off: Four

Day of Reconciliation, December 16

Take off: Tuesday, December 17

Days off: Four

Christmas, December 25 and 26, New Year’s Day, January 1

Take off: December 23, 24, 27, 30, 31 

Days off: Twelve

Keep in mind:

If you keep more leave days for December you can get a total of 19 days out of the office for nine days of leave by taking off December from 17 to 20; 23 and 24, 27, 30 and 31.

Election Day is set for Wednesday, May 8. If you combine this with Worker’s Day and take leave on May 2, 3, 6 and 7, you will have a total of eight days off work.

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