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Pay your municipal bill at the Post Office

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The South African Post Office (SAPO) has announced the reopening of most branches that were temporarily closed following extensive negotiations with landlords. The branches will re-open on Monday and will be trading normally. “Customers are therefore welcome to visit these post offices for collecting parcels, paying car licences or doing other postal transactions,” SAPO said in a statement. Vehicle owners who want to renew their car license have to bring an identity document and a completed renewal form, which can be downloaded from the Post Office website: https://www.postoffice.co.za/. The form is under the domestic products button. “Post Offices are important access points for government services such as social grants. To eliminate long waiting times, the Post Office has introduced separate queues for different transactions. This also serves to eliminate crowding and ensures that COVID-19 regulations are adhered to,” SAPO said. The Post Office offers the most cost-effective delivery service for small international parcels and therefore plans to play a growing role in delivering e-commerce parcels. “Its network of outlets is one of the reasons it is able to offer a unique service, and the organisation intends to maintain its extensive network,” SAPO said. The following branches will re-open: Gauteng: Aston Manor; Belle Ombre, Pretoria; Fontainebleu; Hillbrow; Kelvin; Khumalo; Leondale; Moroke; Northmead and Three Rivers. Eastern Cape: Greenfields; Motherwell; Northcrest and Schauderville. Western Cape: Edgemead; Kleinmond; Mbekweni and Melkbosstrand. KwaZulu-Natal: Esikhaleni; Gillits; Impendle; and Overport. Limpopo: Enkelbult; Letsitele and Tonga. Mpumalanga: West Acres, Mbombela. Northern Cape: Hopetown. The Post Office said negotiations will continue with landlords of the remaining few branches that are closed. “They will re-open as soon as agreement is reached with property owners. This is expected to be within the next few weeks,” SAPO said.

The South African Post Office (SAPO) has reminded customers that payment for municipal bills can be made at any of its branches.

“There is no need to stress about an unpaid electricity bill if you go on holiday and you do not have cellphone banking.  Customers can pay their municipal bills at any branch of the post office, no matter where they are in the country,” SAPO said on Wednesday.

Once payment is made at a branch, the customer will receive a valid receipt for payment of the account. 

“This means no holiday makers will have to return to a dark home and make emergency arrangements to have their electricity reconnected.

“All municipal accounts on which the Post Office logo appear can be paid at the branches. Since all post offices are online, the account status is updated the next business day and it will thus not go into arrears,” SAPO said.

Motorists who receive a traffic fine with a logo of the post office while on holiday can also make the payment at any branch. 

The South African Post Office has signed an agreement with the Mail Americas to give online traders much better access into all of Southern Africa, including rural areas.
The South African Post Office

“Cards and cash are accepted as payment for the payment of all accounts at Post Office branches. Some municipalities, such as Nelson Mandela Bay, allow only debit cards and not credit cards.

“Most branches of the post office have a separate queue for customers who are there to collect their R350 South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. The system of separate queues ensures that all customers wait for the minimum time,” it said. –SAnews.

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