Final time change on Sunday

31 August 2017 | Events

Winter time will officially be a thing of the past on Sunday morning when Namibians turn their clocks forward for the last time.

The National Council recently passed the Namibian Time Bill, abolishing the annual five months of winter time.

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology yesterday reminded the public to turn their clocks forward one hour on Sunday at 02:00.

This is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) and also in line with South Africa and other countries in the region.

The Namibian Time Bill 2017 was tabled by the minister of home affairs and immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, in the National Assembly on 22 February.

The bill repealed the Namibian Time Act of 1994, which had established the one-hour difference between summer time and winter time.

The National Assembly referred the bill to a subcommittee for further scrutiny and public consultation.

During public consultation, the Namibian Employers' Federation said workers at about 80% of the companies it had engaged were in favour of returning to GMT+2 hours all year round.

The safety of schoolchildren, especially in rural areas, was also a major consideration.

ELLANIE SMIT

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