Yesterday Cape Business News reported that some Western Cape Post Offices had been forced to close when landlords of the parastatal locked staff out because rentals had not been paid. The South African Post Office (SAPO) has since announced which branches have been affected, and warn that this may only be the beginning, as rentals across the region are still outstanding.
The affected branches include:
- Blue Downs
- Century City
- Eerste Rivier
Martie Gilchrist, SAPO spokesperson said that anything mailed in post boxes outside these branches will most likely not be collected until the branches themselves reopen.
Gilchrist said that this is another serious blow for the beleaguered postal service as it approaches its busiest season, with people wanting to send Christmas cards and parcels. She goes on to confirm that many businesses have had to turn to courier companies to distribute goods and bills.
On the plan going forward, Gilchrist merely said, “We are actually hoping for a government bailout.”
This is unlikely to happen in the short-term after Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene said mere weeks ago that the government will not be bailing out parastatals unless they present a strong recovery plan; a tough call four months into a strike.
By Jenni McCann
- Is your Post Office still operating?
- Has the strike affected you?