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postoffice thumb100 BL Premium reports that employees at the SA Post Office (Sapo) plan to embark on strike action on Wednesday in protest against the non-payment of medical aid and pension fund contribution deductions to administrators, even though their pay slips reflect the deductions.  

Sapo is one of many state-owned entities that have been hamstrung by acute management and financial problems in recent years, which has left it on the brink of collapse.  In the 2018/2019 financial year, it recorded a R1.1bn loss, which was R95m more than the previous year.  It received a qualified audit opinion and doubts have been raised about its going-concern status.  Sapo employs about 23,000 people and operates more than 2,400 postal branches around the country.  Late in 2019, it indicated that it would begin cost-cutting measures, including slashing the wage bill in a bid to stabilise its finances.  Briefing MPs, acting CEO Reneilwe Langa confirmed that for the past four months medical aid, pension fund, employee risk benefits, and Sars obligations remained unpaid.  She said this would remain the situation pending receipt of financial assistance.  She added that discussions with labour to find workable solutions were ongoing and that ‘maximum participation’ from both staff and management was critical in revenue recovery.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive (paywall access only)


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