an end to over­seas sub­scrip­tions?

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - This Week You’re Saying... -

If you’re think­ing of sub­scrib­ing to an in­ter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tion, it might prove a risk to have it posted to you.

In April, Johnny Matthews paid more than R2,700 for an an­nual subscription to a UK weekly mag­a­zine, to be sent to the Plet­ten­berg Bay post of­fice. Since then, he’s re­ceived only one copy.

The pub­lisher in­sisted it had in­deed sent one ev­ery week. The Post Of­fice blamed go-slows and strikes and at­tempts at hold­ing them re­spon­si­ble came to noth­ing.

Dr Naresh Mad­hoo, of Port El­iz­a­beth, rents a box at the Korsten post of­fice, and for six years he’s re­ceived four mag­a­zines from the UK ev­ery month, and more re­cently a monthly jour­nal as well.

“But dur­ing May, I only re­ceived two, and then noth­ing for June and July.

“I have tried the Post Of­fice’s toll-free post of­fice num­ber, but no­body picks up. And e-mails to the e-mail ad­dress pro­vided have bounced – cus­tomer.ser­vices@postof­fice.co.za.

“It ap­pears they have a back­log at the de­pot that re­ceives over­seas mail, but I have no way of con­tact­ing them.”

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