Nov
04

The great Ghost Office robbery | Leader.co.za

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This article was sent to us by a colleague in South Africa who reports that millions of pieces of mail are being publicly abandoned in the streets and gutters,  including books and checks.  Marketing leaders and company officials are publicly announcing they are ceasing to  use direct mail.   This excellent article reminds us that companies and the wealthier will not be hurt by the collapse of the post, but the general population will be seriously hurt. And perhaps the collapse of a post system presages the collapse of a society.  When public office or senior management positions in “utilities” become sources of personal pillage and privilege, can the wider societal collapse be far behind?  SAPO used to be a respected leader of the postal world in Africa.

The great Ghost Office robbery | Leader.co.za.

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  1. Pierre Rossouw says:

    We are witnessing the collapse of the SA Post Office’s mail services. Almost all of SAPO’s mail centers are non-functional, this for about 12 weeks now. Even if the labour issues are resolved immediately, the backlog cannot be cleared this year.

    I suggest do not send anything that goes through SA Post Office, even that for delivery on neighboring countries, as mail for countries in the region goes through SAPO’s international mail center in Johannesburg, which is non-operational.

    Bruce is a great financial and business journalist. This article was published in the Sunday Times – Business Times. See http://www.timeslive.co.za/businesstimes/2014/10/26/the-great-ghost-office-robbery

    Also see Andrew Nongogo presented for SAPO to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee last Friday: http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2014/10/31/post-office-struggling-to-pay-staff-deal-with-mountain-of-mail

    The following response, that there will be no financial bail-out, just published: http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2014/11/04/sapo-bail-out-hinges-on-reform

    Pierre

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