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SAST redirects here. For the comedy programme, see Short Attention Span Theater. For the organization SAST, see Swedish Association for Software Testing.

South African Standard Time, or SAST, is a time zone used by all of South Africa, as well as Swaziland and Lesotho. The zone is two hours ahead of UTC (UTC+2) and is the same as Central Africa Time, with Daylight saving time not being observed in either time zone. Solar noon in this time zone occurs at 30° E in SAST, effectively making Durban and Pietermaritzburg at the correct solar noon point. Everywhere west of 22°30' E effectively experiences year-round daylight saving time due to its location in true UTC+1 but still being in SAST, thus sunrise and sunset are relatively late in Cape Town compared to the rest of South Africa.

To illustrate, daylight hours for South Africa's western and eastern-most major cities:

1 January 1 July
Cape Town 05:38–20:01 07:52–17:48
Durban 04:58–19:00 06:52–17:07


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