an end to overseas subscriptions?
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It appears they have a backlog at the depot that receives overseas mail, but I have no way of contacting them.”