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2017 - University Term Dates

Activity

Dates

Registration

Monday 09 January - Friday 03 February 

Orientation

Sunday 29 January - Friday 03 February 

First teaching block

Monday 06 February - Friday 24 March (34 days)

Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research break

Saturday 25 March - Sunday 02 April (9 days)

Second teaching block

Monday 03 April - Friday 19 May (31 days)

Examinations

Wednesday 24 May - Friday 23 June (22 days)

Winter Vacation/Study/Research break

Saturday 24 June - Sunday 23 July (30 days)

Third teaching block

Monday 24 July - Friday 08 September (34 days)

Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research break

Saturday 09 September - Sunday 17 September (9 days)

Fourth teaching block

Monday 18 September - Tuesday 31 October (31 days)

Examinations

Friday 03 November - Thursday 30 November (20 days)

Summer Vacation/Study/Research break

Fri 01 December

Please note: The Faculty of Health Sciences' term dates differ from those of the University and they may commence with lectures as early as the first working day in January.
Consult the University's website for more detailed information about dates of registration for different cohorts of students.

Public and religious holidays/holydays recognised by the University in 2017

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Date

Name of holiday

University status

Sunday 1 January

New Year's Day

University closed

Monday 2 January Public Holiday University closed

Tuesday 21 March

Human Rights Day

University closed

Tuesday 11 April

Pesach (day 1)**

 

Wednesday 12 April

Pesach (day 2)**

 

Friday 14 April

Good Friday

University closed

Monday 17 April Family Day
Pesach (day 7)**
University closed

Tuesday 18 April

Pesach (day 8)**

 

Thursday 27 April

Freedom Day

University closed

Monday 1 May Workers' Day University closed
Saturday 27 May First day of Ramadan*  

Wednesday 31 May

Shavuoth**

 

Thursday 1 June

Shavuoth**

 

Friday 16 June

Youth Day

University closed

Monday 26 June

Eid-ul-Fitr*

 

Wednesday 9 August

National Women's Day

University closed

Friday 01 September Eid-ul-Adha*  
Thursday 21 September Rosh Hashanah (day 1)**  

Friday 22 September

Rosh Hashanah (day 2)**

 
Sunday 24 September Heritage Day University closed
Monday 25 September Public Holiday University closed

Saturday 30 September

Yom Kippur**

 

Thursday 5 October

Succot (day 1)**

 

Friday 6 October

Succot (day 2)**

 

Thursday 12 October

Sh'mini Atzeret **

 

Friday 13 October

Simchat Torah**

 

Wednesday 18 October

Diwali (South India)

 

Thursday 19 October

Diwali (North India)

 

Saturday 16 December

Day of Reconciliation

University closed

Monday 25 December

Christmas Day

University closed

Tuesday 26 December Day of Goodwill University closed

* = Islamic Holy Day - commences the previous evening; exact date depends on sighting of new moon
** = Jewish Holy Day - commences the previous evening

School Term Dates in 2017

Term

All Provinces

Term 1

18 January - 31 March

Term 2

10 April - 23 June

Term 3

17 July - 29 September

Term 4

09 October - 06 December

 

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