Wait­ing for the post

The Witness - - OPINION - CLAIRE NEIL­SON How­ick

I LIVE on a short dirt road in How­ick. As most cor­re­spon­dence comes by e-mail these days, I do not ex­pect to re­ceive a great deal via the post of­fice.

How­ever, I do ex­pect that which does, to be de­liv­ered timeously. Yet in good times I am lucky to get a mail de­liv­ery once per week, ow­ing I think to the postal staff be­ing loath to come up my road where it is dif­fi­cult to ride a bi­cy­cle.

I never re­ceive my wa­ter ac­count on time and of­ten other ac­counts as well. Since the postal strike, how­ever, I have only re­ceived one mail, which was de­liv­ery at least a month ago. I am wait­ing for two months’ worth of ac­counts and good­ness knows what else.

Com­plaints in the past at the post of­fice in How­ick elicited the re­sponse that they are not re­spon­si­ble for the postal de­liv­ery staff, in­di­cat­ing no di­rect su­per­vi­sion of these peo­ple who ap­pear to do their own thing. Now I won­der if the How­ick Post Of­fice is even op­er­a­tional.

How can the post of­fice even think of tak­ing on Sassa when it can­not even per­form its core func­tion ef­fi­ciently?

Busi­nesses and oth­ers pay heav­ily for mail to be de­liv­ered speed­ily. Charg­ing for this ser­vice but not per­form­ing it is tan­ta­mount to theft.

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