The first fixtures of the season are now scheduled to take place on August 23 and 24.
Those games, to be played in midweek, will not include a fixture for reigning Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who are due to play in the CAF Champions League in the same window.
With further MTN8 and FIFA international dates to follow in the weeks after, it means the Brazilians will only begin their title defence on September 14 with a trip to Pietermaritzburg to play Maritzburg United.
The MTN8 is scheduled to start on the weekend of August 27 when the quarter-finals will be played.
That will be followed by a FIFA window from August 29 to September 9, after which the MTN8 semi-final first-legs are fixtured to be played on September 10
The return legs are scheduled for September 17 and the MTN8 final, which offers the first major trophy of the season, set for October 1.
The next major cup, the Telkom Knockout, will begin on October 19 and conclude with the final on December 10.
In between those dates will be the double-legged Champions League final on October 14-16 and October 21-23. South Africa could have huge interest in those dates should Sundowns reach the continental spectacle. The Chloorkop-based side are already in the semi-finals, which will be played in late September.
The final domestic fixtures of 2016 will be played on December 23, before resuming again on February 7.
This lengthy delay is due to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Gabon. Bafana Bafana have failed to qualify for that tournament.
Meanwhile, the final cup competition, the Nedbank Cup, is set to kick-off on March 8 next year.
The tournament will have a rare June culminating – the final is scheduled for June 3 – one week after the conclusion of the Absa Premiership season.