President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that 15 December 2023 will be a public holiday in South Africa. The declaration comes in celebration of the Springboks’ historic victory in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which took place in France.
In his address to the nation, President Ramaphosa highlighted the significance of this achievement for the country, both in terms of sporting excellence and national unity. He emphasized that the Springboks’ triumph represents a symbol of hope and inspiration for all South Africans.
The decision to declare a public holiday on 15 December 2023 was made with careful consideration of the ongoing matric exams. President Ramaphosa stressed the importance of ensuring that these exams run smoothly and without any disruptions.
By scheduling the public holiday after the completion of the exams, students will have the opportunity to fully participate in the celebrations without any academic concerns.
The President expressed his gratitude to the Springboks for their exceptional performance throughout the tournament.
He commended the team’s dedication, resilience, and teamwork, which ultimately led to their victory. President Ramaphosa also acknowledged the support of the coaching staff, management, and the passionate fans who rallied behind the team.
Furthermore, President Ramaphosa highlighted the broader impact of the Springboks’ success on the nation. He emphasized that the team’s achievement goes beyond the realm of sports, serving as a unifying force for South Africans of all backgrounds.
The Springboks’ victory has brought the nation together, fostering a sense of pride, patriotism, and renewed hope for the future.
The public holiday on 15 December 2023 will provide an opportunity for South Africans to come together and celebrate this momentous occasion. It will be a day of national pride and unity, as citizens reflect on the Springboks’ remarkable journey and the values they embody.
President Ramaphosa concluded his announcement by urging all South Africans to embrace the spirit of unity and togetherness that the Springboks’ victory represents. He encouraged citizens to use this public holiday as a time to reflect on the country’s progress, celebrate its diversity, and work towards building a brighter future for all.