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SAA stops air mail service, waits for Post Office to pay its bill

SAA says it has temporarily stopped shipping mail until the Post Office settles its outstanding debt.

FILE: SAA says it has temporarily stopped shipping mail until the Post Office settles its outstanding debt. Picture: SAA FB.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed it has temporarily stopped shipping mail until the South African Post Office (Sapo) settles its outstanding debt with the airline.

SAA won't however reveal how much it's owed.

The national carrier's Tladi Tladi says the decision was taken after Sapo delayed paying its debt and until this is settled, the services will be halted.

"This decision was reluctantly taken after it became clear that there was delay in effecting payments that have been outstanding for quite some time. Their account will resume once all the payments have been effected."

However, Sapo said the cancellation had only been implemented recently and they would pay their account on 1 April, 2015, after which the service would resume.

Two months ago Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene approved an additional R6.5 billion to SAA, pushing the total guarantees granted to the airline to more than R14 billion.