Post office closed for good

2019-07-09 06:00
SA Post Office building. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

SA Post Office building. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Claremont Post Office, which was on Stadium on Main, in Claremont has closed its doors permanently.

The post closed its doors in February as their contract was not renewed. This has left many people that use it confused, with no clear indication of where they will get their mails or parcels.

Matthew Thomas says they have been inconvenienced and left in the dark. “We don’t know what is happening and nobody seems to have answers for us. If they communicated better, it would ease our frustrations,” he says.

When People’s Post visited Stadium on Main there were scaffolding outside the building, showing that work is being done. After asking around, one of the people who works close to the post office said it is not there anymore, it has moved. However, he was not sure where it moved to. It is alleged that all the contracts for the people on the second floor of the building were not renewed as the building is being revamped.

One of the facility users, David Smith says when they closed, they were assured that their post office boxes would be moved to Clareinch Post Office. “That was four months ago and we still do not have access to our post office boxes. If one asks the staff at Clareinch they cannot tell one when or if the boxes will be moved and when enquiring from head office all one receives is an acknowledgement, reference number and assurance that the matter has been referred to the post box section,” he says.

Martie Gilchrist, Regional Communication, SA Post Office confirms that the post was closed. “The landlord did not extend our contract. Those that were using Claremont Post Office can use the Clareinch Post Office. Their mail (box deliveries) has been redirected to Clareinch,” says Gilchrist.

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