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Postal strike affecting students?

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As the South African Post Office's strike continues, reports of undelivered study materials continue to come in. In addition, tutorial letters and assignment feedback that is normally delivered via the post will probably also be affected.

Most students who have access to the internet can at least see their marks for multiple choice assignments, but those who had to deliver written assignments will most likely not receive their feedback in time for exams.

Another problem, of course, is that students with limited access to the internet will have to incur further costs for printing out materials at an internet cafe.

The reasons for the strike seem almost farcical, with a synopsis being provided by IOL here. The gist seems to be that between 400 and 500 post office employees are striking because they believe money is owed to them, when in fact they were just being duped by a "fraudster". The strike is unprotected and the SAPO has obtained an interdict against the strike, but that hasn't brought an end to the illegal action.

Have you been affected by the strike? Let us know in the forums.

 

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