30 Mar 2018 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAR (NAMPA) There will be no time change as from the first Sunday of April, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana announced.
Ua-Ndjarakana, in a media statement issued on Thursday, said this came after the Namibian Time Act No. 3 of 1994 has been replaced by the Namibian Time Act 2017 after a national public consultation.
This, according to the statement, means that the standard time of Namibia is two hours in advance of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Daylight saving time was introduced to mainly improve safety and accommodate school going children, especially those in rural and informal settlement areas who walk to and from school in the dark during winter, which exposes them to crime.
Cabinet in October 2015 authorised the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to conduct public consultations on the Namibia Time Act of 1994, after some sectors raised concern that the time change had adverse impact on their activities.
Tabling the Bill in the National Assembly (NA) a year ago, then minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana also raised the fact that the Zambezi Region was cut off completely when the rest of the country shifted to winter time. This region maintained summer time all year.
Some of the concerns raised regarding the time change especially by the business sector, was that Namibia lost a lot of business as it operated outside normal business hours with the rest of the region, particularly South Africa, an important trading partner.
One of the views received in favour of the time change arrangement, however, was that Namibias energy peak time did not coincide with that of the region and energy utilities could easily access power from the region as peak hours were not aligned with those of other countries.
Over 3 500 participants took part in the consultations held across the country and the overwhelming majority expressed preference for summer time.