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Post office strike far from over...

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NooNooBug    10
NooNooBug

Just got back from Po and was advised against posting to Transvaal areas altogether ! There is a huge backlog & some areas are in such a mess they don't know where the parcels are & where they are being stored or if they are safe ! As from Thursday the rest of Cape Provinces will be joining the strike action and PO are unsure as to how this will impact the services further.

fromthe SAPO Face book page an hr ago:

"A number of post offices in the Cape Town have been closed for safety reasons, following incidents of intimidation. They are:

Bontheuwel

Eersterivier

Fish Hoek

Khayelitsha

Lavistown

Mfuleni

Mowbray

Sun valley

Valyland

Wynberg"

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arriwyks    10
arriwyks

These are the branches that SAPO have listed as being closed today, but I know there are many not listed by them that are also closed today. The mail hubs in Tshwane are also still on strike.

 

A number of post offices in the Cape Town have been closed for safety reasons, following incidents of intimidation. They are:

Bontheuwel

Eersterivier

Fish Hoek

Khayelitsha

Lavistown

Mfuleni

Mowbray

Sun valley

Valyland

Wynberg

Albemarle

Alberton

Alrode

Bluegumview

Boipatong

Boitumelo

Chrissiesfontein

De Deur

Duduza

Dunnottar

Edenpark

Eldoradopark

Evaton

Germiston

Heidelberg

Henley On Klip

Ironside

Katlehong

Khumalo

Kwenzekile

Kyalami

Mafatsana

Masoheng

Meyerton

Moroka

Nigel

Orange Farm

Palm Ridge

Randhart

Rensburg

Rivonia

Rothdene

Sebokeng

Sharpeville

Stretford

Three Rivers

Tokoza

Vanderbijlpark

Vereeniging

Wadeville

Walkerville (Rpo)

Zola

Zuurfontein

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Free Soul Styles    10
Free Soul Styles

"some areas are in such a mess they don't know where the parcels are & where they are being stored or if they are safe".... That's reassuring. So glad they know what they are doing!

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arriwyks    10
arriwyks

I wish the payment of their salaries could also be processed with the same amount of uncertainty, irregularity, and backlog as the mail and parcel service we receive from them in return for our fees and taxes paid.

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Vinyl Lady Decals    10
Vinyl Lady Decals

And Durban Hub is totally closed, called my postmistress for an update and she says they didn't get any trucks from the hub since last week. They aren't accepting parcels because they don't know when this is going to end and they have no more storage space.

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voldermort    10
voldermort

Same thing happening here which is totally unusual for Cape Town. Usually when the strikes are happening all parcels in & around Cape Town still move but not this time - our post office has not received one delivery nor been able to dispatch a single parcel (due to no collections) for more than a week. At least down here they are bn upfront about it & telling you straight that even though they will still accept your parcels, its not going anywhere at all for now.

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republikein    10
republikein

According to the personnel at my local Post Office, the latest strike is as a result of the Post Office management proposing a 0% salary increase to their employees - wonder if management is proposing 0% to themselves as well?

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Just Beachin    10
Just Beachin

I wish I had enough spare change to buy stocks in aramex:sad:

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arriwyks    10
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This rings true: http://www.salabournews.co.za/index.php/home/latest-news/70-labour-news/20496-postal-strike-hampering-e-commerce.html

 

Postal strike hampering e-commerce

TUESDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2014 09:05

Netwerk24 writes that the growth in e-commerce means that more and more goods are being sent to customers by post, but the strike by SA Post Office (Sapo) workers is not good news for the emerging sector.

 

Sapo’s Mlu Mathonsi said on Monday that on an “ordinary day”, the Post Office countrywide handled five million postal items and a delay of just one day brought about an enormous backlog. But meantime, strike action in Cape Town, and more so in Johannesburg, has dragged on for a month. The e-commerce firm Kalahari.com on Monday warned clients on its website that there could be delays with deliveries because of the Sapo strike.

 

Willem Breytenbach of Lumico, which specialises in on line communications and trends, indicated that postal service worldwide were adapting to be able to handle e-commerce, for instance with a business model that handled far more parcels than other items. He warned that in South Africa, where e-commerce was still in its infancy, any negative experience could be a big blow in the client’s confidence in the system. Donovyn le Roux of Baseline Skate Shop, which now uses courier services, said the postal strike was a situation of general chaos.

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arriwyks    10
arriwyks

These are some of the latest comments by a SAPO striker on their Facebook account:

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=186884218023193

 

We slept at eco park n we got a kind of a response tht we wntd 4rm da ceo,cfo,coo n da minister bt da strike is nt over yet until we gt permanent contract 4 evry1 hu is working at sapo.on thursday we ar going back 2 eco park 2 get more feed back,da strike might b over soon if da management keeps their promise.viva Depacu viva!!!

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arriwyks    10
arriwyks

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=828867903824818&id=186884218023193

 

 

 

South African Post Office

10 mins ·

Operations are back to normal at the Durban mail centre today. Industrial action there was suspended after talks between management and labour unions.

Witspos mail centre is operating at roughly 40% capacity. Germiston mail centre was also operational, but again not at full capacity.

Tshwane Mail is unfortunately not accessible and remains closed.

Operations in Cape Town have resumed but again, the mail centre is not yet working at full capacity.

The Post Office will continue with efforts to keep operations going and to normalise relations between the company and its employees.

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EcigSmokeOnline    10
EcigSmokeOnline
These are some of the latest comments by a SAPO striker on their Facebook account:

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=186884218023193

 

We slept at eco park n we got a kind of a response tht we wntd 4rm da ceo,cfo,coo n da minister bt da strike is nt over yet until we gt permanent contract 4 evry1 hu is working at sapo.on thursday we ar going back 2 eco park 2 get more feed back,da strike might b over soon if da management keeps their promise.viva Depacu viva!!!

 

Gmf...Yeah Yeah, the Post Office won't last long at this rate.... They have totally lost me as a customer forever, I will not use them again...already changed my shipping tables..And I think I am not the only one:colbert:

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NooNooBug    10
NooNooBug
Gmf...Yeah Yeah, the Post Office won't last long at this rate.... They have totally lost me as a customer forever, I will not use them again...already changed my shipping tables..And I think I am not the only one:colbert:

 

As you also have some lower priced items, have you noticed any change in sales now you only have a courier option or is it too early to say ? I have also been looking at the Fastway option, have you been happy with them thus far ?

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EcigSmokeOnline    10
EcigSmokeOnline
As you also have some lower priced items, have you noticed any change in sales now you only have a courier option or is it too early to say ? I have also been looking at the Fastway option, have you been happy with them thus far ?

 

Well, I think it's a bit early to say at this stage though, but sales are good. Fastway's service are actually really good, I am using them since Feb this year and thus far there are 2 incidents that I can recall and it were more related to the client that did not updated their phone numbers, the courier couldn't get hold of them which in return caused late delivery. But over all, yes I can say they are professional. The only downside at this stage is that they don't cover the whole of SA, they do however cover all major areas.I can also add that their rates are very good, but then you have to order the national sleeves, they vary from A2, A3, A4 and A5 in packs of 20 and you can use them for all areas that they cover. You can have a look at their site on the following link. Media release sample 3 click on rates, then on the area where you are situated. It will open a PDF page where you will get all the info you need. But I will recommend to go to your nearest branch and speak to the owner(All depots are owner managed)

 

I am using Aramex for areas not covered by them, so I will see how it goes.

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