6 October 2006

South Africa Celebrates World Post Day

Geneva — At this event, the Minister is expected to officially hand over a Portable Post Office to this community as part of SAPO's Portable Post Offices rollout programme. She will also receive an eleven-member Post Office Cycle team who, during a 1000km journey starting in Mbabane, Swaziland, will deliver a letter from the Mayor of Mbabane to the minister.

According to the Director-General in the Communications Department, Ms Lyndall Shope-Mafole, celebrating World Post Day, "is the ideal platform to commit South Africa in meeting the indicative target in the 'Declaration of the World Summit on the Information Society,' Geneva 2005, to be achieved by 2015 that is to connect public libraries, cultural centeres, museums, post offices and archives with ICTs". With the theme for World Post Day 2006 being, "The Post reaching everyone everywhere," it will be fitting to present the role of the South African Post Office as a global e-service network that is empowering and mobilising citizens in every corner of South African and connecting them to the rest of the world.

"We are pleased to empower the citizens of Oshoek border post, who will now be afforded the opportunity to transact not only with the business world but also communicate with friends and family in South Africa and the rest of the world. The South African Post Office is gearing up to put up a total of 20 portable post offices by the end of 2006 as a testament to our commitment to prove that we are serious about ensuring we continue to reach and service the country's needs, particularly those citizens in remote areas of South Africa," says Khutso Mampeule, Group Executive, South African Post Office.

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