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South Africans Disappointed As Monday Not Declared A Public Holiday Despite Springboks’ Win

The Boks beat New Zealand’s All Blacks 12-11 on Saturday night to become the first country to win four World Cup titles. In a tweet, the office of the presidency revealed that a public address would only occur on Monday evening.

South Africans and Springboks fans who were planning to take advantage of a national holiday on Monday will have to re-set their alarms after the Presidency confirmed that President Ramaphosa will only address the country tomorrow.

This was after the country was promised a day off after the national rugby team won the Rugby World Cup for a second consecutive time.

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The Boks beat New Zealand’s All Blacks 12-11 on Saturday night to become the first country to win four World Cup titles. In a tweet, the office of the presidency revealed that a public address would only occur on Monday evening.

This means that South Africans who anticipated a long weekend would have to go to work on Monday instead. The tweet read: “President @CyrilRamaphosa will tomorrow, 30 October 2023, address the nation. Time: 20h00” No other details of a public holiday were given.

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Naturally, many South Africans were not impressed after initial reports that the president was “considering” making Sunday or Monday a public holiday. “This is not what you promised us,” commented one angry tweep. Another added: “It’s a little too late. If you want to announce Monday a public holiday, you need to meet with us tonight”.

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Before jetting off to France on Friday, Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya revealed that the proposal of a public holiday – likely falling on Sunday – was still being considered by the president.

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He said in a media briefing: “The president has received a lot of messages in this regard. South Africans from all walks of life have reached out to him. He said to me I must relay the fact that he’s considering the request.”

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Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise is a passionate and dedicated local news writer who brings the latest news and updates from your community straight to your doorstep. With years of experience in journalism, Keitumetse has established herself as a reliable source of information, covering a wide range of topics that matter to you.
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