Starting next week, if you have any dealings or connections with people or businesses in South Sudan, take note they are changing their Time Zone and they will be one hour behind Uganda or many 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.
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).