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Let's be honest, the last few months have been exhausting – physically, emotionally and mentally – and while all of us looked forward to some time off during the holidays, it seemed to have flown by faster than it arrived.

While most of us are just getting back into the swing of things at the "office" (and trying to remember how to do our jobs), we're all still reminiscing about our time off and thinking about our next holiday. Or is it just me? Well, there's no shame in already longing for the upcoming long weekend in March.

With a bit of clever planning and the help of public holidays, you could stretch your annual leave days to get another good few days of holiday fun. That's if you haven't maxed out your legal annual leave limit. Oops!

Here's a clever cheatsheet to help you hack the public holidays and long weekends to maximise your days off using the least amount of your leave days:

Human Rights Day: 21 March

Submit leave for 18 March, get four days off and return to work on 22 March.

*One leave day used

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Good Friday: 15 April
Family Day: 18 April
Freedom Day: 27 April
Workers’ Day: 2 May

Submit leave for 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29 April, get 18 days off and return to work on 3 May.

*Eight leave days used

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Youth Day: 16 June

Submit leave for 17 June, get four days off and return to work on 20 June.

*One leave day used

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National Women’s Day: 9 August

Submit leave for 8 August, get four days off and return to work on 10 August.

*One leave day used

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Day of Reconciliation: 16 December

Submit leave for 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 December and get six days off.

*Six leave days used

Christmas Day: 25 December
Day of Goodwill: 26 December

Submit leave for 27, 28, 29, 30 December, get five days off and return to work on 2 January 2023.

*Four leave days used

Book 10 leave days in December and get a total of 19 days off to enjoy the festive season.

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