Namibia Considers Removing DST
Namibia is considering removing Daylight Saving Time (DST) after a national survey revealed that a majority of Namibians want to stay on “summer time” all year.
Based on the survey conducted between December 2015 and February 2016, the bill, named the Namibian Time Bill, proposes to keep Namibia on DST permanently.
Up for Discussion
The Namibian Minister for Home Affairs, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, proposed the bill on February 22, 2017, and discussions will continue in the second week of March.
If the bill passes, the country will stay on DST and not set the clocks back 1 hour to standard time on April 2.
Today, Namibia uses West Africa Summer Time (WAST) which is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), during the summer months. The standard time, used during winter, is West Africa Time (WAT) with a UTC offset of +1.