Recent mail strikes are ruining businesses – and could spell The End for the state-run service.
Frustration with the Post Office has reached fever pitch, particularly in the publishing and mail-order businesses that depend on delivery to customers. The entire business-to-business sector is rushing to find alternative means of delivering all over the country. It’s do – or die.
The government doesn’t appear to give a toss about the public’s outrage at the failure of the Post Office’s management to resolve the strike – which has been off and on (mainly on) for the past three years.
After a four-month bout of striking – particularly concentrated in the Johannesburg sorting sites – the cabinet did not even have the matter on its agenda at its bi-weekly meeting in early November. Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who briefed the media at parliament, first avoided a question about the strike, then, when pressed, said: “We did not discuss the issue of the Post Office.”