Have you ever wondered how you could get the most value from public holidays without going to work on those days? Additionally, you also get the chance of taking a small break off from work and get paid to do it. Get your calendar out and book your long weekend, for I am about to help you get the most value from public holidays. However, I suspect this will be of more value to those who cannot take an extended leave during the December holidays. Human Right’s Day falls on the 21st of March which is a Thursday. By taking one day leave on Friday, you get a 4-day long weekend. If you really want to stretch it you can add Wednesday for a 5-day weekend. Easter Weekend starts on Friday the 19th of April with Good Friday and Monday the 22nd as Family Day. You can either take a day’s leave on Thursday or on Tuesday to give you a 5-day long weekend. Unfortunately, Freedom Day falls on Saturday the 27th of April, so you will not really score on this day, except if you normally work on a Saturday. By adding Friday to the weekend, you will get a shorter work week and a 3-day weekend. Better yet, Worker’s Day is on Wednesday the 1st of May. You can get a nice 5-day long weekend by taking leave either Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th or Thursday the 1st and Friday the 2nd. Youth Day is on Sunday the 16th of June, making Monday the 17th a public holiday. By adding a leave day on Tuesday, you get a nice 4-day weekend. Friday the 9th of August is National Women’s Day. If you do not like Mondays, you can take one day leave on Monday the 11th for a 4-day weekend. However, if you love to be at work on a Monday morning, you can always swop the leave day with Thursday the 8th of August. Heritage Day falls on Tuesday the 24 of September this year. Taking a day’s leave on Monday the 23d gives you a 4-day long weekend. Day of Reconciliation this year is on Monday the 16th of December. If you take one day leave on either Friday the 13th or Tuesday the 17th you get a 4-day weekend. You can get a long 5-day weekend by taking leave on both days. Christmas Day and Day of Goodwill is respectively on Wednesday the 25 and 26th of December. You can choose to take two days leave on Monday and Tuesday the 23d and 24th for a long 6-day break or just Friday the 27th for a 5-day break. If you really want to make the most of it, you can take leave on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday for a well earned 9-day break. If you really want to stretch it, you can additionally take leave on Monday the 30th and Tuesday the 31st to add to New Year’s Day the 1st of January 2019 for a whopping 12-day summer break. However, if you really cannot bear the fact of staying away from work for so long, or if someone else beat you to it, you can still get a 5-day weekend out of the deal. By taking leave either on Monday the 30th, Tuesday the 31th or Thursday the 2nd and Friday the 3d, you get a nice short break. I would suggest you rush to apply for those leave days before someone else does the same calculations!