Please note: Bookings and ticket purchases are essentials as these events need to keep track of their numbers. All Covid-19 safety protocols and precautions need to be practiced at all times. Please contact venues and organisers for more information about their safety practices and precautions. Wearing a face mask is absolutely necessary. Don't forget to carry hand sanitiser with you and wash you hands regularly. Also note that these events may be cancelled and/or postponed at any given time. 

Copper Bar Human Rights Day

Date: Saturday, 20 March 2021 at 15:00 - 23:30

This Human Rights Day weekend, why not kick of the celebrations at Copper Bar Human Rights Day in Bryanston the Saturday before? This place offers guests amazing views of  and an impeccable menu. It is an intimate and elegant rooftop experience allowing you to hide away from the hustle and bustle of city life. So, make sure you bring your friends to do so you need to get your hands on those tickets. Tickets are R50 per person, get yours here! Also visit this Facebook page for more information.

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day Workout with JEFF & Discovery Vitality

Date: Saturday, 20 March 2021 from 07:45 – 08:45

Get your heart racing with a 45-minute HIIT workout with JEFF and Discovery Vitality in Human Rights Day Eve. And for Discovery Vitality members, there are 300 Vitality points up for grabs, as well as an endorphin boost to start your holiday on the right foot! And best of all, other than feeling the burn, you can do this Human Rights Day workout right in the comfort of your own home, as it is an online/virtual event, which is free. All you have to do is visit their Facebook event and hit "Going". It's as simple as that. Remember to log your workout before 08:00 on 21 March 2021 to earn 300 Vitality points.

Human Rights' Day at Sylvia's Market

Date: Sunday, 21 March 2021 from 10:00 – 16:00

Enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled Human Rights Day at Sylvia's Market. Along with this news, they're happy to announce that they will once again be operating every Sunday from The Fairmount Bowls Club. Visit this market and enjoy a variety of entertainment, delicious foods and interesting stalls filled with plenty of unique arts and crafts. This makes for a fun day out for the whole family. There's also a kiddies play area available for the little ones to keep them entertained. And for your and their safety, all Covid-19 protocols and precautions need to be adhered to at all times. No mask, no entry.

sylvias outdoor market

Human Rights Day Picnic at Weekend Market JHB

Date: Sunday, 21 March 2021 at 09:00 – 18:00

For a fun-filled day out with the whole family, be sure to get your tickets to the Weekend Market JHB's Human Rights Day Picnic. There is no better way to celebrate this day than by having fun in the sun! You and your loved ones can enjoy a day full of summery entertainment including super slides, rocket rides, jumping castles, carousel rides, gladiator pits, foam pits and so much more. Click here to get your tickets now, priced between R60 and R150 per person.

swimming pool

Hadada Human Rights Day Fitness Event

Date: Monday, 22 March 2021 from 08:00 – 10:00

This Human Rights Day, Hadada will be celebrating with an energised two-hour online fitness event. The Hadada instructors will be bringing you the best full-body workout, packed with plenty of fun. There are six specialists lined up for the morning: Zumba Fitness; PILOXING SSP; Barre Fitness; STRONG Nation; Super Abs; and Restorative Flow Yoga. Also, participants will receive a coupon for a FREE class to any of the instructor's classes (coupon can be redeemed for one class during March or April on Hadada.org). To join this sweat session, click here to purchase your ticket now at R75 per person.

woman working out in at home gym with fitness gear

Let's face it, we all look forward to a day off without having to sacrifice our leave! But, if you're willing to give up at least three leave days, you will enjoy three extended long weekends this year! Keep reading to find out which days each of our public holidays fall on throughout the year and get started on planning how you can use your leave days wisely.

What Are You Looking For?

Human Rights Day – 21 March 2021
Easter – 02 to 05 April 2021
Freedom Day – 27 April 2021
International Workers' Day – 01 May 2021
Youth Day – 16 June 2021
National Women's Day – 09 August 2021
Heritage Day – 24 September 2021
Day of Reconciliation – 16 December 2021
Christmas – 25 December 2021
Boxing Day – 27 December 2021
New Year's Day – 01 January 2022

Human Rights Day – 21 March 2021

Due to Human Rights Day falling on a Sunday this year, that means that we have an additional day as an acknowledgement of the public holiday. So, Monday 22 March 2021 is deemed a public holiday, too! Which means we have at least one long weekend during the month of March! And along with a long weekend comes a wide selection of way to send it, including events, watching movies, or simply just leaving your home and exploring what the city has to offer.

Human Rights Day

Easter – 02 to 05 April 2021

Easter weekend is always an exciting one! We get a four day long weekend filled with plenty of family time, celebrations, a special visit from the Easter Bunny, and of course, there'll be plenty of Easter eggs hiding in the garden. As far as dates go, the days we'll have off are the following:

We also have a collection of egg-citing fun that you and your loved ones can enjoy over this long and auspicious weekend. Keep an eye on this post for more details.

Easter Egg Hunts

Freedom Day – 27 April 2021

Freedom Day lands on a Tuesday this year, so why not sacrifice one day's leave for the Monday before and you'll have another four-day long weekend during the month of April! And why not make the most of this long weekend by going out and exploring all the heritage and excitement Joburg has to offer.

Human Rights

International Workers' Day – 01 May 2021

It's a pity that International Worker's Day lands on a Saturday this year, but it still doesn't stop you from perhaps using another leave day for either the Friday on Monday to make this another long weekend, right after the Freedom Day weekend! This might even be the shortest working week of the year without giving up too much leave (just think of it: apply for two days leave and enjoy a four day weekend, two working days, and then another three day weekend). This gives you ample time to do whatever want, whenever you want.

The Maboneng Precinct

Youth Day – 16 June 2021

This year, Youth Day finds itself smack bang in the middle of the week! How frustrating! If you wish for a long weekend, you can apply for two days leave on either side of Wednesday, or simply just enjoy this Youth Day for what it is: a mini weekend. A day off in the middle of the week is ALWAYS welcome. And if you're looking for something to do on this day, keep an eye on this post as the date approaches.

Youth Day 8km Picnic Hike

National Women's Day – 09 August 2021

August is Women's Month! But for the actual National Women's Day, you'll find that on the 9th, which is on a Monday this year, which means we have another three-day weekend to look forward to. Although, August is a month long celebration of the strong, independent and wonderful ladies in our lives, we all do enjoy getting a free day off this month. And along with the Women's Day long weekend comes a bunch of must-dos and delights to spoil the women in our lives.

Women's Month

Heritage Day – 24 September 2021

Another month, another long weekend! In September, we can look forward to yet another three-day weekend as Heritage Day falls on a Friday! We'll definitely need an extra day to celebrate all things that make us Proudly South African and then recover from all the exciting things we'll be getting up to over the Heritage Day weekend.

Heritage Day Events

Day of Reconciliation – 16 December 2021

We'll have to apply for yet another day's leave here to enjoy the last long weekend of they year, unless you're working over the festive season. The Day of Reconciliation falls on a Thursday, so be sure to apply well in advance for that Friday off to give you either an early start to your year-end holiday or a long weekend to tide you over until Christmas.

festive

Christmas Day – 25 December 2021

Christmas Day falls on a Saturday this year, but at least most of us will be on leave at this point. If not, and you want to extend your already three-day long weekend by one more day (you'll see why below), you can apply to take Christmas Eve off, giving you a four-day long weekend (if you're working through the festive season). And if you'd like to see what you can get up to during the festive season, be sure to take a look at our Christmas Season Guide To Joburg. You'll find everything you need to make your holiday season extra special there.

Boxing Day – 26 December 2021

Due to Boxing Day falling on a Sunday this year, that means that we have an additional day as an acknowledgement of the public holiday. Thus, Monday 27 December 2021 is deemed a public holiday, too! So we can expect an extra long Christmas Weekend this year! I think we're going to need it after all of the feasting, family time and fun we'll be having. Need time to digest, recover and relax before we start off the new year on a high note!

New Year's Day 2022 – 01 January 2022

And last but certainly not least, we get to one of the most exciting public holidays of the year – New Year! This is day that signifies a fresh start and the beginning of another year full of new opportunities. And if you're looking to ringing in the New Year with a bang, click here to take a look at our New Year's Celebration Guide To Johannesburg, complete with parties, dinners and more.

Human Rights Day - Celebrating Our Rights Under Lockdown

How would you usually celebrate Human Rights Day? Would you spend the day in your pajamas binge watching your favourite series, host a family braai or go out to an event commemorating the history and importance of the day? Whichever way you normally choose to celebrate this national public holiday is likely to change in light of the new restrictions on public gatherings to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, this does not mean that we should write off Human Rights Day. In fact, in this current situation of uncertainty, isolation and fear, it may be more important than ever to reflect on where we've been and how far we have come as a nation, united under the banner of democracy and equality for all.

Where We've Been

On 21 March 1960, a group of men, woman and children gathered at a police station in Sharpeville. Marching in protest of the Native Laws Amendment Act of 1952, which stipulated that no black person could leave a rural area for an urban one without a permit from the local authorities. The group gathered peacefully in Sharpeville without their passes and presented themselves for arrest. Police ordered the crowd to disperse, after which they opened fire. The day subsequently became known as the "Sharpeville massacre", with a total of 69 fatalities and 180 wounded.

Where We Are Now

South Africa has celebrated Human Rights Day annually since 1994, remembering the ordinary citizens who took a stand against injustice, rising in union to proclaim their basic human rights. In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, it may feel as if our human rights are being infringed upon. With mass isolation, travel bans, curfews and restrictions on weddings and funerals, as well as the growing number of reported cases of the virus, the outlook appears bleak. But, if we consider where we've been and how far we have come since 21 March 1960, the picture seems a little bit brighter.

In his address to the nation on Sunday, 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa left off on a positive note saying:

"This epidemic will pass, but it is up to us to determine how long it will last, how damaging it will be and how long it will take our economy and our country to recover. It is true that we are facing a grave emergency, but if we act together, if we act now, and if we act decisively, I am sure we will overcome it. We have never been defeated by any thing or event, when we are united."

Human Rights Day

Play Your Part

While it is not advisable to attend a mass gathering this Human Rights Day, there are still a number of ways to celebrate with your family and extended communities. We encourage you to participate in one random act of kindness or to reach out to those in need, such as the elderly. This may be as simple as making a phone call to a friend who is struggling to adapt to self isolation. Becoming a united front against COVID-19 means taking on the call for social distancing, improved hygiene and empathy for others. If we all follow these simple guidelines, we should overcome this great challenge.

A Little Inspiration

Still not quite feeling the celebratory mood? Check out our list of articles on ways to keep positive during this time:

Happy Human Rights Day! Stay safe. 

What Is It?

Come and celebrate your freedom of expression with Pride of Africa Bar and various other venues, including Hogshead, 86 Public, Priscilla's Gay Barand Beefcakes at the Illovo Muse centre. This Human Right's Day let your hair down and come out for a fabulous bar hopping experience. There promises to be a plentiful and delectable rotation of local craft beers, as well as mouthwatering cocktails and spirits. Proceeds of R40 from each ticket will be donated to the Pride of Africa Shelter Start Up, too. Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Saturday, 21 March 2020 at 15:00 - 21:00

Where Is It?

Illovo Muse Centre, 198 Oxford Rd, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R280 per person on Howler, which includes four drinks, two bar snacks and free entry to Babylon the Joburg Bar before 21:00.

For more information

Click here for more information about the event.

What Is It?

Constitutional Hill is super proud to present their third annual edition of the three-day long celebration of our history, the Human Rights Festival. This is one of the signature events hosted at Constitution Hill to uphold our culture of human rights. The 2020 edition of the festival celebrates the contribution and promise of young people whose actions change the world for the better.

The Human Rights festival showcases the work of social justice organisations and explores human rights issues through exhibitions, film, poetry, theatre, music, dialogues and debates. It provides a platform to engage with human rights issues in both the South African and global contexts.

The event will kick off with FREE exhibitions and tours of Constitution Hill. Over the next few days, there will be plenty of activities on Activism Row, including a film festival, workshops, theatre and a poetry festival. The main event for this year's festival, the Music Fest takes place on the second evening of the festival, with the "We the People Walk” happening on the final day. The walk encourages citizens to walk for the realisation of the rights enshrined in our Constitution under the banner #WETHEPEOPLE?

There will also be a Book Fest, Makers Market, Social Forum for debate and discussion, and more. Click here to check out the festival programme.

When Is It?

Friday, 27 March 2020 - Sunday, 29 March 2020. 

Where Is It?

Constitution Hill, corner of Joubert Street and Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Get your free tickets to the festival here.

For More Information

For more information about this festival, visit www.constitutionhill.org.za.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What Is It?

Not sure what to get up to this Human Rights Day? Bring the family along to the Right 2 Unite Festival at Cradle Boutique Hotel. It's going to be a day of epic fun, food and family entertainment, with a range of activities for all ages to enjoy. There is also an awesome lineup of artists to keep you dancing throughout the day, including the Ndlovu Youth Choir, Majozi, Bad Peter, Easy Freak and Apple Gule. 

Come and experience the magic of our diverse country on this Human Rights Day. It's a must!

When Is It?

Saturday, 21 March 2020 at 10:00 - 19:00.

Where Is It?

Cradle Boutique Hotel, Route T9 Kromdraai Road, 1747 Mogale City, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R150 for adults and kids over the age of 12. Get yours online via Howler.

For More Information 

Visit the Right 2 Unite festival website for more information or follow the event on Facebook for updates.

Details: [email protected]

What Is It?

Join the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation for a guided tour of the newly opened Javett-UP Art Centre at the University of Pretoria. This world-class art centre houses a vast collection of ancient and modern African art, including the Javett Family collection of South African modern art, priceless pieces from the Mapungubwe Gold Collection and AngloGold’s Barbier-Mueller Collection of golden items from West Africa. Come and explore the art of Africa, past and present, guided by Wilhelm van Rensburg from Strauss & Co, author David Fleminger and Dawn Roland from the Javett-UP Centre.

When Is It?

Saturday, 21 March 2020 from 09:00 - 13:30.

Where Is It?

The JHF bus will leave Joburg from the Sunnyside Park Hotel (Princess of Wales Terrace, Cnr Carse O Gowrie &, Sunnyside Drive, Parktown, Johannesburg).

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R300 for members, and R350 for non-members. Book yours here.

For More Information

Follow the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation on Facebook for more information.

Details: [email protected]

The event organised by One Big Entertainment, paid homage to the Sharpeville and Langa massacres, which claimed the lives of peaceful protestors who took to the streets to boycott the Pass Law in 1960. The event saw festival goers flocking in large numbers. To open the show, Lucia Jakeni, the top 5 Idols SA season 12 runner-up took to the stage and treated the patrons to a rendition of S.A’s top hit songs and her latest single “Wenzani Ngami”. Gospel artist Tebogo Moloi followed suit taking the audience to a higher plain. Prince Kaybee brought in a surprise act, Donald who chanted freedom songs amongst his popular hits. Busiswa smartly infused her popular hit ‘Ndim iStarring” steering the audience to believe in being the steer-wheel of their lives. Among the performances, abstracts from The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute at Wembley Stadium was shown.

Through these abstracts, the crowd was reminded, educated about this historical musical Festival that shaped the history of this country. A visual demonstration of how as a country we came to inherit Human rights regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status.

The Legendary Jazz Musician, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse concluded his performance with a lecture to the audience “we must commemoration our fallen idols such as Brenda Fassie amongst other who pioneered freedom of speech and freedom of expression, who knew a young girl from the township would become a world iconic figure, We must learn from them and believe it is possible”

Human Rights Festival

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019.

Here is something even more exciting and worth looking forward to on this special day. The Constitutional Hill Human Rights Festival is super proud to present their second edition of The Human Rights Festival. And where else could this amazing event be held other than at Con Hill? The Human Rights Festival is one of the signature events at Constitution Hill to uphold our culture of human rights. This year’s Human Rights Festival coincides with South Africa celebrating 25 Years of Democracy as well as the 70th Year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . See you there!

Copper Bar Human Rights Day

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 15:00 - 23:55.

On this Human Rights Day, make sure you join in at Copper Bar Human Rights Day in Bryanston as they celebrate this day Joburg style. This place has an amazing view and an amazing menu. It is an intimate and elegant rooftop experience allowing you to hide away from the hustle and bustle of city life. So, make sure you bring your friends to do so you need to get your hands on those tickets. Tickets are R50 per person, get yours here! Also visit this Facebook page for more information.

Copper Bar Human Rights Day

Beefcakes Human Rights Gay

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 19:00 - 22:00

Beefcakes is always fun and the vibe you are looking for is nowhere else but here! On any given evening, Beefcakes offers a variety of live entertainment acts, themed nights and fabulous events to tickle the fancy of just about anyone with a pulse. So, if you are looking for something out of the norm to do this Human's Right Day, this is just where you need to be. They say everyone has the right to be gay on this day and any other day, so let's go be just that!. I'm ready I don't know about you. Visit this Facebook page for more information.

JHB Culinary and Pastry School Market/Open Day

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 10 AM – 3 PM

We all know the best way to celebrate any holiday in Mzansi is through mouthwatering, amazing and lekker food. We also believe you will love this event because there is going to be plenty to feast on, oh yeah bring your appetites this Human's Rights Day. All of these prepared by their own culinary and pastry students. See you there, check it!

Safari & Secret Underground Dinners

Date: Friday, 22 March 2019 at 19:00 - 23:00.

This event is not happening on the 21st of March, but still worth going to to celebrate the Human's Right's Day weekend. Zwipi is one of our favourite underground bar and restaurant and we love their events because they always host epic events. So, without furthermore to do make sure you join in on this Safari Dining experience. This place is also said to give you an unforgettable experience of delectable foods and drinks in two of the most astonishing Johannesburg inner-city spaces, which are both located at the Thunder Walker on Gandhi Square. Bookings cost R595 per person, including paired drinks, city tour and a three course meal.

Human Rights Debate

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 15:00 - 17:00.

Are you into debating and talking about the things that matter? Well then, you're in for a treat because this event gives you just that and more. Gather your friends and head to Apartheid Museum, they will be hosting a dialogue entitled The Black Body: still a site of oppression. So, will you be joining this Human Rights Debate?

Human Rights Day

An Audience With Imogen Heap

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 19:00 - 21:00.

Guess who is coming to town! No it's not Santa guys it's still too early for him to pay us a visit, plus we're still taking down the Christmas decorations. Imogen Heap is the one coming, exciting right! We think so too. Heavy Chef is very thrilled to announce that they have added a very special evening to Imogen's tour together with the crazy awesome people at Victoria Yards for Ms. Heaps' intimate, impromptu performance. Imogen will be telling her own story, playing a selection of stripped-down songs, engaging with the audience and expounding her views on creative entrepreneurship, technology, Blockchain, cryptocurrency and the music industry at large. See you there, click here to find out more on the event.

Colour My Pride

Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019 at 13:00 - 17:00.

We told you the weekend is about to get amazing right. We strongly believe in rights for all and that is what this month and every other month is South Africa should stand for. Colour My Pride is a safe space, colour run and picnic created for the awareness of Human Rights as the LGBTQ community. Donation drive through will also be there. Please come with any of these; sanitary pads, bathing soap or toothpaste. Come give without expectations and make sure you have fun while at it.

Ponte Challenge

Date: Sunday, 24 March 2019 at 19:00 - 10:00.

Fitness is always something to look forward to, think about it as your goal to feel and look good. You'll be doing your health a favour, so be sure to join in for this first ever Ponte Challenge of the year. You will be tackling 900 stairs from the core of Ponte Tower up to the top floor (54), yes guys 54 floors. You can do it right?

Migrant Cuisines Tasting Tour

Date: Saturday, 23 March 23, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM

Migrant Cusines Tasting Tour is Joburgplaces' signature experience. Knowing that Joburg is the city of migrants allowing us to embrace diversity, which is why we are always looking forward to venturing to other cultures with our taste buds. This Human's Right's Day we are celebrating with dishes that bring people together. The menu is made up of Chinese, Cape Malay, Mozambican, Zimbabwean, Syrian and Indian cuisine. Guests also enjoy two paired drink tasters with the meal (one a beer and the other coffee liquor). Guests can buy other drinks on the tour too. Visit here!

Sharpeville Food Festival

Date: Saturday, 30 March 2019 at 12:00.

In the spirit of Human Rights Day, make sure you head to the Sharpeville Food Festival at the George Thabe Stadium. There will be a variety of food available (about 20 food stalls), as well as drinks and music (from 15 local artists and an international surprise music act). Not to mention a kiddies' corner and helicopter rides on the day. If this sounds like a jol, then grab your tickets for R100 - R350 per person, grab your mates and commemorate Human Rights Day in style!

Sharpeville Food Festival

Kids School Holiday Activities

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 09:00 - 16:00.

Don't panic mom and dad, breathe we've got you covered for this public holiday. We know public holidays are pretty scary sometimes especially if you are a parent, so to help you out we thought you'd love to keep the kids occupied even if they won't be going to school. Bring them to this Kids School Holiday Activities and get them to enjoy free activities. They have Sandart, Lego, fun games and a NEW cookie decorating station! Their favourite clown, Kallie will be there to keep the laughs going between 14:00 – 15:00 on Sundays.

 

Where will you be celebrating the day? Comment down below!

Human Rights Day is a reminder to South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for democracy in our county. As a nation, we reserve this day to reflect on the progress made in promoting and protecting our human rights.

Human Rights Day also acts as a commemoration of the Bill of Rights, as passed by our Constitution. For those who need a quick refresher course, these rights include: the right to equality, the right to human dignity, freedom of movement and residence, the right to life, and the right to use the language and participate in the culture of their choice.

If you would like to know more about our Bill of Rights, visit the South African Government website. For more information on Human Rights Day and its origins, click here.

How will you be celebrating Human Rights Day this year? Let us know below!