South Sudan to change time off set

By Wek Atak Kacjang

South Sudan government has confirmed that it will change the time off set effective on the 1st of February 2021.

time offset is an amount of time subtracted from or added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to get the current civil time, whether it is standard time or Daylight-Saving Time (DST).

Last year, the minister made a presentation on the changing of time zone but it was referred to a technical committee for further studies.

Speaking to the Press yesterday during the second meeting of Council of Ministers, the Minister of Information, Communication, Telecommunication and Postal Service Michael Makuei Lueth said cabinet has approved the recommendation which was made by the minister regarding changing of time offset in the country.

“The Cabinet came to realize that our current time zone is not the exact zone because we are in Latitude 30 and the difference between Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) of Universal Time and the latitude in every 15 minutes in one hour. So, we are the 3rd Longitude because we are supposed to be two hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time,” Makuei said.

He added that the country’s current time zone was deducted from Sudan government’s time zone before independence and then Sudan government changed her time to two hours after we attained independence. It is clear that the far East is 2.4 hours and the far West is 1.6 hours and if you add them together, they will give you 4.0 (four) hours.

He revealed that our official time zone should be two hours from the Greenwich Mean Time and that it will be effective from the 1st of February 2021.

“From the 1st of February 2021, we shall be two (2) hours not three (3) hours. We will not be in accordance with East African Community Greenwich Mean Time, so our time will be different. They will be three (3) hours and we will be two (2) hours,” Makuei noted.

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