Post Office meltdown

Challenges at the South African Post Office (SAPO) are mounting after board member Nobuhle Mthethwa resigned, with more resignations expected to follow. This is according to a report in the Sunday Times.

The newspaper reported that Mthethwa “painted a damning picture of weak controls and poor board decision-making” in her resignation letter to Telecommunications and Postal Services minister Siyabonga Cwele.

This resignation comes two weeks after SAPO CEO Chris Hlekane went on special leave, denting the leadership structures of the organisation.

Problems at the Post Office are highlighted by the fact that it still has not published its financial results seven months after the year-end date.

Two weeks ago Members of Parliament (MPs) were told that the cash-strapped, strike-hammered SAPO was on the brink of collapse.

“The financial situation of the Post Office is dire. It is seriously dire,” SAPO general manager of public affairs Andrew Nongogo told Parliament’s communications and public enterprises select committee.

Referring to the ongoing strikes that have crippled Post Office operations over the past 10 weeks, he warned the parastatal was losing customers and money, and suggested there might not be enough to pay salaries at the end of the month.

“The fact that we are not at work right now [due to the strike], and we are losing customers, we are losing the public in general, means that there is no money — that should be coming into SAPO, that would allow us… to continue to pay salaries on the 25th.”

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