The South African Post Office is heading to court to block courier companies from delivering packages that weigh 1kg or less.
In a ruling in late 2019, communications regulator Icasa found that PostNet had contravened the Postal Services Act by transporting and delivering packages that weigh 1kg or less. As the only operator of this kind in South Africa, the Post Office has the exclusive right to provide delivery services for all letters, postcards, printed matter and small parcels up to and including 1kg.
PostNet was initially ordered to stop delivering all packages weighing 1kg or less, however it secured an interdict which allowed it to continue the delivery of these packages until the full challenge was heard in the Gauteng High Court.
The Post Office, PostNet and the South African Express Parcel Association are now set to head to court in a move that could have ramifications for the entire courier industry in South Africa.
If the Post Office wins the case, a customer will now have to ship these parcels through them and if they don’t use their Speed Services door-to-door option they will have to pick up the parcel at the post office.