11 March 2005

Zimbabwe: Zimpost Launches 20 Mobile Post Offices, Website

Harare — ZIMPOST yesterday officially launched its website and 20 mobile post offices to cater for remote rural and resettlement areas,countrywide.

The mobile post offices will provide all essential services offered in a conventional post offices, like selling postage stamps, delivery of letters and parcels, money orders, banking and other financial services.

This is in support of the country's agrarian reform programme in which, the mobile post offices are

expected to help newly resettled farmers who cannot easily access Zimpost outlets in towns and at growth points.

The programme is also part of Zimpost's expansion programme and objectives of providing postal services to the whole country.

Speaking during the official launch in Harare, the Minister of Transport and Communications Cde Chris Mushohwe commended Zimpost's move and initiative to reach out to all people.

He said the website would enable customers to give feedback.

Cde Mushowe said the availability of postal services was of great importance to farmers who would be able to communicate with suppliers of agricultural inputs and other important stakeholders in towns.

"It is therefore our desire as Government to ensure that postal services are accessible to the majority of the Zimbabwean population in different parts of the country, to cover both urban and rural disadvantaged communities," he said.

Cde Mushohwe also demonstrated how to access and use the website whose address is www.zimpost.co.zw and will be used as a transactional, marketing and advertising tool by Zimpost and its various stakeholders.

Speaking during the same occasion Zimpost Managing Director Mrs Gladys Mutyavaviri expressed gratitude towards the Government for its sterling support in facilitating network expansion and infrustructural developments within the postal sector.

She said this had seen Zimpost completing 10 post offices in the country in 2004 with the completion of others expected soon.

Mrs Mutyavaviri said the new post offices would depict Zimpost's "New Look Zimpost" and the new image would also be rolled out to other outlets in the country.

"We want to project the new corporate image for Zimpost.

"As part of the ongoing modernisation exercise, we are also refurbishing our existing postal infrastructure, with a view to create a customer friendly environment within our post offices," she said.

Zimpost's ongoing programmes became a reality when government injected some money into it last year under the Public Sector Investment Programmes which saw the mail service provider establishing 10 post offices by the end of the year and 10 others to be opened this year.

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