South Africa may lose up to three of its public holidays following complaints from businesses and religious groups.
The Beeld reported on Monday that a government task team had been set up to investigate a possible reduction in the number of public holidays and that it had already submitted a report with recommendations to the president's office.
Some of the recommendations included the scrapping of Monday holidays if the celebrated public holiday falls on a Sunday. The task team also recommended that some public holidays be declared half-days and that the Day of Reconciliation (16 December), Day of Goodwill (26 December) and Family Day (the first Monday after Easter) be scrapped.
Workers' Day (1 May) and Women's Day (9 August) could also be scrapped.
The task team, though, recommended that the following days remain on the calendar: New Year's Day (1 January), Human Rights Day (21 March), Good Friday, Freedom Day (27 April) and Youth Day (16 June).
According to Beeld, the task team was set up to look into the public holiday issue after some religions claimed that the South African calendar was discriminating against them.
Examples cited included the fact that the current calendar did not recognise holidays celebrated by the Jewish or Islamic religions.