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Post Office hiking prices

Sending documents and parcels via the South African Post Office (SAPO) will soon cost more. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, which regulates the telecommunications and postal services industry, recently gazetted SAPO’s new fees.

From 1 April 2022, the state-owned postal services company will be charging around 6% more on its ordinary mail, fastmail, and domestic counter-to-counter parcel deliveries. SAPO will also bump up prices on stamps, business reply services, registered letters, and international airmail.

The gazette did not include mention of changes in the pricing of its Speed Services courier service.
Despite selecting next-day delivery, our orders took between 2 and 7 business days to arrive at their destinations.

A comparison with the services offered by popular private couriers The Courier Guy and Fastway showed the Post Office’s fell far short of the industry standard.

These findings should come as no surprise to the numerous Post Office customers familiar with the agency’s years-long reputation for lost parcels and delayed deliveries. But if SAPO has its way, South Africans might no longer have a choice in the matter.

The Post Office is fighting Postnet and the South African Express Parcel Association (Saepa) in court regarding the delivery of packages weighing 1kg or less. It contends the Postal Act determines that it has a legal monopoly on these packages.

Experts have warned that a ruling in the Post Office’s favour could have severe ramifications for the ecommerce industry, as many major online stores rely on private couriers to timeously deliver packages and render efficient service.


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