I checked the contents of /etc/sysconfig/keyboard bedfore and afier going through the voodoo of "yast2 keyboard" and it does not change the date or text, but I do get the correct format.

In case it shows anything /etc/sysconfig/keyboard says
## Path: Hardware/Keyboard
## Description: Keyboard settings for the text console
## Type: integer
## Default:
## ServiceRestart: kbdsettings
#
# Keyboard delay time in ms (250, 500, 750, 1000)
KBD_DELAY=""

## Type: string(2.0,2.1,2.3,2.5,2.7,3.0,3.3,3.7,4.0,4.3,4.6,5.0,5.5,6.0,6.7,7.5,8.0,8.6,9.2,10.0,10.9,12.0,13.3,15.0,16.0,17.1,18.5,20.0,21.8,24.0,26.7,30.0)
## Default:
#
# Keyboard repeat rate (2.0 - 30.0)
KBD_RATE=""

## Type: list(bios,yes,no)
## Default: bios
#
# NumLock on? ("yes" or "no" or empty or "bios" for BIOS setting)
# This setting may interfere with GNOME /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/remember_numlock_state GConf key.
KBD_NUMLOCK="bios"

## Type: yesno
## Default: no
#
# ScrollLock on? ("yes" or "no")
KBD_SCRLOCK="no"

## Type: yesno
## Default: no
#
# CapsLock on? ("yes" or "no")
KBD_CAPSLOCK="no"

## Type: yesno
## Default: no
#
# Disable CAPS LOCK and make it a normal Shift key?
# (Ctrl Caps Lock will still toggle Caps Lock functionality)
# Note that you need to tweak the xkb maps or use xmodmap
# if you want to do the same under X-Windows. In ~/.Xmodmap:
# keycode 0x42 = Shift_L Shift_L
#
KBD_DISABLE_CAPS_LOCK="yes"

## Type: string
## Default:
#
# ttys for the above settings
# Example: "tty1 tty2"
# "" for tty's 1-6
#
KBD_TTY=""

# The YaST-internal identifier of the attached keyboard.
#
YAST_KEYBOARD="english-uk,pc104"