Post Office appeals to customers not to abandon it

Several post offices, especially in malls, were forced to shut down yesterday as they haven’t paid rent.

Claremont Post Office. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The South African Post Office (Sapo) in the Western Cape is appealing to its customers not to abandon using its services.

Several post offices, especially in malls, were forced to shut down yesterday as they haven't paid their rent.

The state owned enterprise owns 660 of its offices and leases 1,377 premises.

The Post Office's Martie Gilchrist says "We would like to ask our customers not to abandon us, we really need them."

Apart from this, the strike affecting postal services has still not been resolved.

On Tuesday, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said it hoped to reach an agreement with Sapo by Wednesday, in a bid to end its strike.

The union's Clyde Mervin says leaders and members are hoping for a speedy resolution to the four-month strike.

The union has refused to accept Sapo's claim that it simply does not have the financial capacity to grant workers a pay hike.

Leaders say they believe calls for a seven percent pay increase now, with an additional 1% at a later stage is more than reasonable.