National Assembly: 16 August 2011
I rise to express the support of the IFP for
the South African Post Office Limited Bill. Indeed when the Bill
was passed by the Portfolio Committee on Communications, it
received unanimous support but we felt that even though there
were no controversies left, it was important for the Parties to
be given an opportunity to briefly express themselves on the
Bill in view of the fact that the passage of this Bill was a
matter of significant historical importance not only for the
Post Office itself but for the country as a whole.
Why is this the case?
Without delving much into details, it suffices to say
that a lot has changed in the postal and telecommunications
industry from the days when this industry was governed by a sort
of omnibus legislation, namely the Post Office No. 44 of 1958.
Developments in the industry necessitated the
separation of the Postal Services from the telecommunications
sector. Further reforms in the sector extended the mandate of
the Post Office to include the use of information and
communication technology infrastructure, as well as the offering
of services other than the traditional postal services.
However, this created a situation where the
Post Office was not governed by a single Act, but by a variety
of pieces of legislation promulgated at different stages and not
only focusing on the provision of the core postal services that
the Post Office was supposed to deliver to the South African
public. This then necessitated a new piece of legislation which
would provide a comprehensive legal framework addressing
corporate governance of the Post Office in a single Act focusing
on the Post Office as a legal entity, which this Bill before the
National Assembly does.
We hope that now we have given the Post Office
a new up-to-date legislative framework within which to operate,
it will be possible for the Post Office to live up to the
imperatives of transformation and to the expectations of
particularly, the poorest of the poor. We would be happier to
see the Post Office expand its services to the under-serviced
areas of our country in order for it to effectively contribute
towards the alleviation of poverty.
Contact: Rev Musa Zondi MP, 083 440 5966.