The South African Post Office has been plagued by five strikes since 2011 and reports say they could be hit by another one soon. Although he couldn't confirm the reports, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, says they are deeply concerned about the instability.
Talking to 702 presenter John Robbie, the minister appealed to the labour unions as well as the Sapo customers to allow the turnaround process to be completed. He mentioned that for the past four months they have been trying to stabilise the post office, both in terms of finances and labour relations.
We are taking action. We are expecting the turnaround to be completed by the end of this month (February). We want to consult with workers so that they can have the buy in.
In November 2014, both the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, appointed Dr Simo Lushaba as the administrator to lead the technical team. According to minister Cwele, the administrator met with most labour unions to discuss some of the challenges.
The Post Office had a backlog of mail as a result of previous strikes. The Minister has confirmed that most of the mail backlog has been cleared except in the East Rand.