Let the private sector get on with it.
Imagine SAA had a legislated monopoly on flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town, but suddenly had neither aircraft nor fuel to fly between the two cities. The public outcry would be deafening. The media would get hysterical. As the economy ground to a halt, aviation authorities and government would take action.
So why is it that, when the SA Post Office – as essential to the economy as any transport link – doesn’t collect or deliver mail, nothing is done?
It is almost a year since the strike that brought the Post Office to its knees ended with the forced resignation of its Board of Directors in November 2014. An administrator, Dr Simo Lushaba, was appointed and tasked with turning its fortunes around. So where is this essential service today?