21 July 2022 - NW1897
Bodlani, Ms T to ask the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
What (a) are the reasons for the lack of mail delivery for the residents of the Verwoerd Park suburb of Alberton in the City of Ekurhuleni for over a month and (b) plans does her department have in place in order to (i) refurbish the dilapidated area where the mailboxes are located and (ii) secure the infrastructure as the residents report that vagrants have taken occupation around the mailboxes?
I have been advised by SAPO as follows:
a) The Verwoerd Park mail is now being redirected to the Alberton Post Office due to numerous complaints regarding the safety of clients while accessing their mail. The lobby box has a severe vagrant problem. This is despite a fence being erected and several interventions by the South African Police Service – both of which have not deterred the vagrants from returning and utilising the facility.
b) (i) No plans are in place due to lack of funds. The boxes are being relocated to Alberton Post Office lobby that have vacant boxes.
(ii) Same as above.