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Michael Makuei, the South Sudan government spokesperson

South Sudan Changes Official Time Zone

South Sudan’s undersecretary in the ministry of labour Mary Hillary Wan Pitia, Thursday officially communicated, “South Sudan has changed its official time from UTC +3 to UTC +2; which is based on South Sudan’s real location on the globe”
posted onJanuary 29, 2021
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South Sudan will change its time zone by setting the clock back 1 hour on February 1, 2021, the authorities have announced.

According to official communication, they will be particularly one hour behind Uganda and other East African countries.

A time zone is a designated area of the globe that observes a uniform standard time for legal, commercial, and social purposes.

“The current time zone is not our actual zone, we are in longitude 30 and the difference between the Greenwich time of the UTC and the longitude is every 15 minutes is one hour. So we are in the 30th longitude and as such we are supposed to be two hours ahead of the Greenwich Time zone,” Michael Makuei, the government spokesperson told the press after Friday’s cabinet meeting.

Time zones tend to follow the boundaries of countries and their subdivisions instead of strictly following longitude because it is convenient for areas in close commercial or other communication to keep the same time.

South Sudan’s undersecretary in the ministry of labour Mary Hillary Wan Pitia, Thursday officially communicated, “South Sudan has changed its official time from UTC +3 to UTC +2; which is based on South Sudan’s real location on the globe.”

The undersecretary added, “This means that the current time is set back by one hour. The current 1:00 am will be set back to 00:00 am, from February 1, 2021.

But, the working hours will remain the same; from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Most of the time zones on land are offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) by a whole number of hours (UTC−11:00) (UTC-12:00 is uninhabited) to UTC+14:00), but a few zones are offset by 30 or 45 minutes (e.g. Newfoundland Standard Time is UTC−03:30, Nepal Standard Time is UTC+05:45, Indian Standard Time is UTC+05:30 and Myanmar Standard Time is UTC+06:30).

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