Smart ways to extend your 2019 leave days

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Here is how you can choose your leave days wisely and enjoy more free time.

Let’s face it, we all love getting a bit of a break from work, whether it’s to go on vacation, spend time with friends and family, or just relax at home.

With the first quarter of the year already gone, many of us are already feeling tired and looking forward to a holiday break.

If you haven’t planned your leave for the year, here are smart ways to extend your holidays and that won’t affect your leave balance.

Easter weekend
19 April: Good Friday
22 April: Family Day
27 April: Freedom Day

Extend your Easter weekend all the way to the next weekend by taking four days of leave. Take off Tuesday, 23 to Friday, 26 April. This results in a 10-day break from work for just 4 days of leave.

Workers Day
1 May: Worker’s Day
8 May: Special Public Holiday (Elections)

You can take 2 to 7 May off, and enjoy seven days of rest, though you would have applied for only 4 days of leave.

Youth Day
16 June: Youth Day
17 June: Youth Day Holiday

Take leave on the 14th of June and enjoy a long weekend break. This means you will be off from Friday and only return to work on Tuesday.

Women’s Day
9 August: National Women’s Day

If you take leave on Monday 12 August, you will get 4 days off.

December leave
Although most companies close during the December holidays, some don’t. If you need to plan your leave around this time, here is how you can get more free time:
16 December: Day of Reconciliation
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Day of Goodwill

Take 6 days leave from the 17 to 24 December and enjoy 10 days of free time with family and friends.

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