Ramaphosa announces extra public holiday

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Friday, 15 December 2023, a public holiday to celebrate the Springboks becoming the first nation to win four Rugby World Cup titles.

The President had previously said he would consider doing so only if South Africa won the final, following requests from the public to make the Monday following the Springbok’s victory over the home nation, France, a public holiday.

However, it will have to wait until after the matric exams and the conclusion of the Cricket World Cup.

“I know that many of us want to have a public holiday now to celebrate [the Springbok’s victory], but we should all agree that we should give our matriculants time to focus on their exams and celebrate with them afterwards,” said Ramaphosa.

“In celebration of the Springbok’s momentous achievement, the achievements of all our other sportsmen and women, and as a tribute to the resolve of our united nation, I’m declaring Friday, 15 December 2023, a public holiday.”

“We declare this to be a day of hope, a day of celebration, and [a day of] unity,” he added.

The Springboks officially became the first nation to win the Rugby World Cup four times on Saturday, 28 October 2023, after clutching the win in a tight game against New Zealand’s All Blacks.

“On Saturday night, South Africans watched with great pride, the national rugby team, the Springboks, become the world champions of rugby for the fourth time since the advent of democracy in our country,” said Ramaphosa.

“We thus gained the bragging rights of being the only nation to have won the Webb Ellis trophy four times. As a nation, we should be overjoyed.”

He also applauded South Africa’s cricket team for achieving their current position in the Cricket World Cup and the country’s women’s soccer team for making it to the knockout stages of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“The victory of the Springboks and the performance of the Proteas, follows the victory of Banyana Banyana in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, and the progress to the knockout stages of the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” said Ramaphosa.

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