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RMI Newsflash – Public Holiday proclaimed for 15 December 2023




RMI Newsflash – Public Holiday proclaimed for 15 December 2023

30 November 2023

Dear Valued Member,

President Cyril Ramaphosa has by virtue of Proclamation 143 of 2023, published in Government Gazette No. 49773 on 28 November 2023, officially proclaimed 15 December 2023 as a Public Holiday. This additional public holiday has been gazetted in celebration of our national rugby team’s world cup victory.
In terms of Clause 9.6 of the MIBCO Main Agreement, the following will then apply for that day:-
1. Employees shall be entitled to leave on full pay.
2. If an employee works on that day they shall be paid double their hourly rate for each hour or part of an hour worked on that day.
3. A forecourt attendant who has been given not less than three days’ notice by his employer that he will be required to attend his place of employment on that day but who nevertheless fails to report for duty will forfeit their right to any holiday pay.
4. An employer may exchange a public holiday for another day by agreement with an employee without incurring a penalty.
Given that many of our members engage in an annual shut-down period toward the end of the year, we wish to draw your attention to point 4 (above) which provides flexibility to move the declared public holiday to a day that aligns better with the operational needs of your business. This should be done by mutual agreement with the affected employees.

If you have any queries in this regard, please contact your local IR Specialist:  IR Contacts – Retail Motor Industry Organisation (

Jeff Molefe
​Director: Labour



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