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Charities suffer losses due to Post Office strike

The Post Office strike is now in its fourth month with workers demanding an eight percent pay increase.

The Tshwane Mail Centre in Johannesburg. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Southern African Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) says South Africa's charities are suffering serious financial losses as a result of the Post Office strike.

The SAIF says losses for non-profit organisations could amount to a total of more than R50 million.

Organisations such as the Salvation Army and children's cancer charity Choc say their direct mail fundraising drives have been unsuccessful as donors have not received their appeal letters.

The Post Office strike is now in its fourth month with workers demanding an eight percent pay increase.

SAIF president Ann Brown says, "It's a big drop to lose R1 million over a couple of months when you've been planning all year to raise that million through direct mail so we're bitterly disappointed with the post office, and bitterly disappointed with the attitude as well."