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Much to the frustration of people, the Newcastle Post Office is currently unable to assist them. This follows their power being turned off, due to the facility not paying its utility bill.
Addressing the problem, The Newcastillian – Online News approached the South African Post Office, to establish why their electricity bill was not paid. SA Post Office’s Communications Division, Nobuhle Njapha explains, “Electricity has been interrupted at Newcastle Post Office, due to a technical error with the bank details of Newcastle Municipality. The matter seems to have been resolved, and our finance division is sorting out the payment.”
While apologising for the inconvenience, the SA Post Office cannot give a timeframe on when the local post office will resume its services. This is a cause for concern, as numerous Newcastillians rely on the entity to renew their car licences. Candiss Nell of Newcastle Number Plates and Q 4 Me expounds, “This puts car licensing in Newcastle under immense pressure. Where do you go now? The only option is the licencing department. However, people are queueing up there from 4 am, and the RTI staff can only do so much.”
Moreover, as her business assists people with licencing, Nell says the situation has had a knock-on effect, with her unable to help Newcastillians as fast and efficiently as possible.
Additionally, traffic officers will not show any leniency to motorists—if their car licences have expired. Chief Traffic Officer Ashok Anandhaw points out, “As the RTI is open, the community is still responsible for renewing their vehicle’s licence.”
With this in mind, Candiss Nell says, “I can still help people, and they must come to me. But it takes time, and people must give me 24 hours to renew their car’s licence.”
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