Postal strike impacts PMB

2014-10-09 00:00

THE on-going post office strike in Gauteng is impacting on residents in Pietermaritzburg.

Although KwaZulu-Natal is continuing to process its mail, the strike in Gauteng is affecting them.

Residents in Pietermaritzburg reported that they have not received street and post box mail for over a month now.

Lutheran Gardens resident Karl Lichstenberg said his bills aren’t coming through, which is causing a problem.

The Witness contacted at least three post office branches in the city, the managers of which told The Witness that no post is coming in from major centres like Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town due to the strike.

Meanwhile, the University of Free State yesterday said they had already extended the deadline for admission applications for 2015. They extended the date from September 30 until October 10.

Asked if admissions were affected at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a spokesperson referred The Witness to the Central Application Office (CAO), who had not responded to an e-mail inquiry by late yesterday.

Speaking for South African post office, Nobuhle Njapha said that mail processing is continuing uninterrupted in KZN. However, the postal service in KZN is affected by the strike in Gauteng, which delays the processing of mail to and from that province, she said.

She said post office management is continuing to talk to the labour unions to resolve the strike. The reasons for the strike centre on the appointment of casual workers in permanent positions. The post office maintains it can only implement this using a staggered approach for financial reasons.

“Customers who want to inquire about mail items are requested to send an e-mail to,” said Njapha.

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