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'Workers aren't to blame for Sapo’s revenue loss'

Sapo’s CEO says the last major strike in 2014 resulted in a 30 percent revenue loss for the Post Office.

FILE: South African Post Office workers protest on 5 May 2016. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Post Office(Sapo) says money has been leaking from the parastatal for close to ten years, and workers are not to blame.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Barnes visited the premises in Alexandra this morning, to assess the working conditions at the branch.

Barnes says the last major strike in 2014 resulted in a 30 percent revenue loss for the post office.

He's been at the helm since the start of this year, and says he's dealing with mistakes that were made in the past decade.

The CEO spoke to staff during today's clean-up campaign in Alexandra.

"They are proud to work here and dressed up in their uniform and ready to serve the public."

Branch manager Gloria Malatji says they often have technical problems due to regular power outages in the area.

"Sometimes we don't have power; when there is a power failure that's when we are unable to assist customers."

Barnes is adamant the Post Office is on the road to recovery.

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