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WC Post Office branches forced to close temporarily

Sapo's Western Cape spokesperson, Martie Gilchrist, says outlets in malls are especially affected.

FILE: The Post Office has been crippled by an unprotected strike that's dragged on for months. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Post Office (Sapo) in the Western Cape has confirmed some of their offices have been forced to shut down temporarily.

The post office is in financial difficulty with its latest financial statement indicating a net loss of R359 million.

The service has been crippled by an unprotected strike that's dragged on for months.

This is the first year the state-owned enterprise has had to operate without a state subsidy.

Sapo's Western Cape spokesperson, Martie Gilchrist, says outlets in malls are especially affected.

"Unfortunately, those premises have been closed by the landlord because we are late with the payment of rent. This is due to a cash flow problem in the current situation where we have had a strike for quite some time."

At the same time, 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.

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