President Jacob Zuma congratulated the department of communication on Monday for winning two seats on the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) councils.
“They have indeed done us proud as a country and government,” Zuma said in a statement.
The UPU 25th congress, which was held in Doha, Qatar, ended on Monday. One of South Africa’s seats is as a first-time member of the Council of Administrators (CA), and the other as a member of the Council of Postal Operators (POC). The CA and POC will run the UPU from 2013 to 2016.
The CA consists of 41 countries and meets annually at the UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland. It approves the UPU’s biennial budget and accounts, and the yearly updates on its strategy and budget.
The CA is responsible for promoting and co-ordinating all aspects of technical assistance among member countries. The POC is the technical and operational wing of the UPU and meets annually at the UPU’s headquarters.
Its work programme is geared towards helping post offices to modernise and upgrade their postal products and services.