Labour Ministry gives directives in adherence to new time zone

Document issued by the Ministry of Labour instructing government officials, NGOs and other workers to comply with the new time zone |Photo: shared on Facebook

As the country prepares to change its time zone from East African Time (EAT) to Central African Time (CAT), the Ministry of Labor has announced that, starting Monday, the official time will be set backwards by one hour, from UTC +3 to UTC +2.

“The National Ministry of Labour hereby informs all the Civil Service Institutions, Commissions, Diplomatic Missions, UN Agencies, International and National Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS) and the Public at large that 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.”

“This means that the current time will be Subject: Change of Official Time for South Sudan set back by one hour, the current 1:00 AM will be set to 00:00 AM, effective from 1* February 2021. Working hours will remain the same starting 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All are kindly requested to observe the new time.”

Central Africa Time (CAT) is currently observed by a number of countries in Africa, including:

• Botswana
• Burundi
• Eastern region of the Congo Democratic Republic
• Malawi
• Mozambique
• Rwanda
• Zambia
• Zimbabwe

Sudanese official says optimistic about reforms in labour ministry

File photo: Sudan’s state minister for labour, Stephen Amin

File photo: Sudan’s state minister for labour, Stephen Amin

Sudan’s newly appointed state minister for Labour and Social Development, Stephen Amin Arnu has vowed to fight corruption to achieve success in the ministry.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, Amin said the ministry’s new policies are focused on empowerment, civil service reforms and social welfare, adding that concerted efforts are needed to reform the labour sector in Sudan.

“There were a lot of malpractices in this sector during the former regime and we are now working hard to reform it,” he explained.

The government official further said policies of the Labour ministry are currently focused on reforming the country’s civil service, social welfare to realize social justice and reinstating the dismissed civil servants.

Amin, who hails from South Kordofan State, said he was appointed on the basis of being a professional and competent technocrat, not due to his political affiliation. He pointed out that the current transitional government is composed of technocrats.

Last month, Sudan’s government appointed three state ministers including a state minister for foreign affairs. The transitional government appointed Omar Gamar Eldin Ismail as state minister for the foreign affairs, Stephen Amin Arnu as state minister for labour and Hazim Diab as state minister for physical infrastructure.

The transitional cabinet headed by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was formed months after the ouster of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir amid nationwide protests in April last year.

Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan heads the ruling sovereign council, a joint civilian and military body tasked with overseeing the country’s transition to civilian rule within three years.