[tz] South Sudan to change time zone?

Chris Hill Chris.Hill at mafint.org
Sat Jan 23 12:54:38 UTC 2021

> From: Tim Parenti <tim at timtimeonline.com>
> Sent: 22 January 2021 18:25
> To: Chris Hill <Chris.Hill at mafint.org>
> Cc: tz at iana.org <tz at iana.org>
> Subject: Re: [tz] South Sudan to change time zone?
> On Fri, 22 Jan 2021 at 10:17, Chris Hill <Chris.Hill at mafint.org> wrote:
> The official announcement (accessible without a Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/www.motps.goss.org/videos/3770463003014509/ concurs with this:
> 08:23 'So, from the 1st of February, we are going back to our actual Greenwich Mean Time. We are going back to our local zone, of 2 hours' difference between Greenwich Mean Time, which is > the zero hour, and our local time which will be 2 hours, which will be Greenwich Mean Time plus 2 hours'
> 09:43 'On the 31st, and the morning starts, that morning will not start at 12, but when it is 12 midnight of the 31st of January, it will be 11 o'clock. And you continue like that... Our 12 midnight > of the 31st January will repeat itself; it will be 11, and then you go again for 12 midnight. That is when it becomes according to our time now.'
> Thanks, Chris.  I saw yesterday that that video had been posted but hadn't yet gotten a chance to pull the bits that caught my attention into an email.  Your transcriptions here, particularly "On > the 31st, and the morning [it] starts", match my understanding as well, and appear to mean the recent patch from Paul (dated Tue Jan 19 13:17:42 2021 -0800) is in line with the intent, that the > transition will be from 2021-01-31 24:00 +03 to 23:00 +02.

Thanks Tim. One of the things that confused us initially was the following reported statement: https://eyeradio.org/south-sudan-adopts-new-time-zone-makuei/

'After the change, South Sudan will observe the same local time as Egypt and Chad and neighboring Sudan.'

We're trying to find a timezone to set our devices to that reflects the new reality until operating systems get updated. However it appears that while Egypt and Sudan will share the UTC+02:00 timezone with South Sudan, Chad is actually on West Africa Time, which is UTC+01:00. I think we're going to set it to Central Africa Time (Africa/Khartoum) but the mention of Chad threw me and I needed to check the original source to be certain.

Is this what you would recommend?

Chris Hill
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