No post-haste in SA
HERE’S AN INTERESTING tale confirming the incompetence of the South African Post Office. I was asked by the PO whether I’d be willing to participate in a quality test survey. Being a frequent critic of the organisation I felt it my duty to do so. Letters are sent from various centres to participants, who must then sign the enclosed form and “kindley” return it in the post-paid, addressed envelope provided.
That I did for a form received from Pretoria, which had to be mailed back to a post box address in Pretoria for which the postal code was given as 0073. For a start, the code given in the PO’s own list of codes for Pretoria post boxes is 0001.
Eight days later the envelope was returned to me, with the 0073 postcode scratched out in red biro and 0001 written in. Furthermore, on a rather indistinct impression of a rubber stamp the “BOX CLOSED” square was ticked. There was also something totally illegible scrawled in red on the envelope.
There can’t be much hope for the PO if it doesn’t know its own postcodes and expects mail to be delivered to a non-operational post box or maybe an incorrect box number.