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The South African Post Office Have Over 500 Offices Open

Since the state of the nation address during May 2020, it has been stated that some Post Offices will remain open for certain services that may be conducted includes certain financial transactions such as SASSA grants and to deliver medication during the lockdown period.

However certain branches will be closing from the 06th of April 2020 and those who remain open are deemed essential for these transactions. SAPWU – The South African Postal Workers Union would like all our members to abide by the law and stay safe during this national pandemic.

SAPWU is proud to be the union for the South African Post Office’s employees and therefore urge all our members to be safe during this time, use the methods of prevention like the sanitizers and masks as supplied to you.

We would like to thank all employees of the South African Post Office for still conducting SASSA grant transactions to ensure these payments to the less privileged and for making the delivery of medicine possible during this time.

SAPWU – The union for the Post Office

South African Post Office

We Look After Our Members Working In The South African Post Office During Lockdown

As all of us knows, the National Lockdown commenced on the 26th of March 2020 at midnight and only essential workers are permitted to work during the lockdown.

The service the south african post office delivers to all members who receive a social grant (SASSA) is one of the essential services that was addressed during the State of the Nation with regards to the 21day lockdown.

Ivumile Nongogo, the acting CEO of the south african post office stated that the decision to provide grants to vulnerable people was excepted as there are many people in South Africa that depend on grants.

The south african post office has a total of 882 branches that have been designated to provide these services during this period. However, the South African Post Office’s services will be limited. Parcel deliveries, mail services and other support operations will be suspended in conformance with the 21day lockdown.

The South African Post Office’s customer services centres will not be available either by telephone or email, and customers are urged to not expect any outstanding deliveries to take place during this time.

Control measures for customers queuing include queue marshalling services during peak hours at busy branches. The south african post office has additionally stated hygiene provisions will be stepped up with sanitisers, gloves, and masks to be provided to retail employees.

As the union for the south african post office, SAPWU requests that all our members take this matter seriously and make use of the hygiene provisions by using the sanitisers, gloves and masks that are provided.

SAPWU wants all our members to be safe during this time as we all have families to return to. Prevention is better than cure.

Follow the guidelines on safe hygiene practice as often as you can. Make use of the hygiene provisions, but also remember to wash your hand regularly.

Hand Washing

  1. Using warm or lukewarm running water, wet your hands and apply soap—
  2. Rub your hands together to make a lather
  3. Keep rubbing your hands together, taking special precaution to wash your thumbs and the back of your hands.
  4. Interlock fingers and wash well in between
  5. Rinse your hands well.
  6. Dry your hands, using a clean paper towel or allowing your hands to air dry.

SAPWU – The Union for the South African Post Office

The South African Post Office (SAPO) Shut Down

The south african post office (SAPO) shut down mail to and from Asia because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

No doubt the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has everyone in a state of panic. And with this announcement from the south african post office (SAPO), delivering and receiving mail from countries like China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Kuala Lumpur, might be delayed until such time that suitable arrangements can be made with the airlines. Packages that is meant for South Africa, will be delayed, but not lost.

Airlines are not allowed to fly in or out of these countries due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the risk of spreading the virus further.

As the union for the south african post office (SAPO) known as SAPWU, we request all of our members and fellow South Africans to take extra precaution during this time. Take the precautions as given by the Department of Health and the Health Minister.

Clean hands frequently with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water

Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow

Avoid close contact (1 metre or 3 feet) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

SAPWU- We care about our members.

SAPWU – south african postal workers union.

SAPWU – Members First, Today And Always

SAPWU firmly believes that its members should come first. Not just today, but always. At SAPWU our aim is to be able to represent every employee of the post office and the courier industry to our full potential.

SAPWU’s primary objectives are to improve the conditions of service and protect the interests of its members, individually and collectively, in relation to their employers and otherwise, and generally to raise their status. Operating in the South African Postal sector, SAPWU identifies with members employed within the postal industry. It also encouraged sound employer-employee relationships. The intention of the ethics is to regulate conflict as peacefully and constructively as possible by endeavouring to settle disputes by conciliatory methods.

Not a member of the SAPWU family yet? Join today. The application is easy, and the necessary forms are on our website, www.sapwu.org for your convenience.

The application procedure for becoming a member of SAPWU is as follow:

1. Workers must apply for the SA Post Office Union membership to the Branch Executive committee with jurisdiction over the area where they are employed.

2. The Branch Executive Committee may reject any application if it is of the opinion that the worker is not a fit and proper person to be a member of the union.

3. If there is no functioning Branch Executive Committee then the application must be directly sent to the Regional Secretary / General Secretary.

Contact us for more information regarding our SA post office union, SAPWU. Join SAPWU today – we fight for your rights.

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