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Post Office CEO sets deadline to clear backlog of 13 MILLION parcels and letters

CapeTalk logo CapeTalk 2018-11-08 Lengwadishang Ramphele
a sign on a pole: Post Office. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN. © Sethembiso Zulu/EWN Post Office. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

A backlog of millions of items still waiting to be delivered at the Johannesburg nerve centre of the Post Office is being cleared as fast as possible.

That's according to Sapo CEO Mark Barnes.

Barnes says there have been some improvements in clearing the domestic mailing backlog but they still need to catch up with international deliveries.

  • We started off in April with a 46 million item backlog and we are now down to a 7.8 million backlog. — Mark Barnes, CEO of the SA Post Office

  • We are hoping to have that cleared by the 24 of November. — Mark Barnes, CEO of the SA Post Office

  • The domestic is back into standard but the international backlog is a tricky thing... — Mark Barnes, CEO of the SA Post Office

  • We are finding ourselves, 20 years behind, getting into a postal service that is a modern digitised, efficient e-commerce driven world and we are just starting that catch-up. — Mark Barnes, CEO of the SA Post Office

To hear the rest of the conversation with Mark Barnes, listen below:

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