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Changing your address

It amazes me that with computers used to sort a lot of the post that our systems in SA are not more efficient.  For example, in some countries overseas, if you want to change your address for all your post you simply fill in a form on the Internet, pay a fee of less than R20 and all your post will start from the next day being redirected to your new address!    Imagine trying that in South Africa.  It really should be possible and it is definitely something they should think about, but I guess before then, we have to try and reduce how many things get lost or stolen in the mail and focus on the actual delivery of the mail, let alone updating addresses! 

It does show you though as things become more and more advanced and people learn to do a lot more online and via computers, that you can resolve a lot of things a  lot more easily than you might have in the past – for example by writing a letter to every single person that ever wrote to you and giving them your change of address – which is the way we still do things. 

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Melandre'  said:
on Thursday 12-Nov-20 09:06 AM
I simply do not use the Post Office due to it being run so unorganized. However if this is implemented in SA and carried out in a consistent manner, I would not mind using our Postal Service.

Kathryn  said:
on Wednesday 07-Oct-20 04:00 PM
Perhaps the South African Postal Service should focus on perfecting the mere delivery of goods before they try to do anything online

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Wednesday 30-Sep-20 01:42 PM
That would by great. You never get your post in SA, wish someone here would start doing that.

brumilde  said:
on Wednesday 30-Sep-20 01:11 PM
Post in South Africa, seldom even come to the correct address. It is better in this day and age to have electronic communication. Also much quicker

Helen  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 01:23 PM
I think this is brilliant system to able to change your postal address to online. I would not mind to receive all my post online as well.
SA is always behind with what gets invented in the rest of the world, lets see we might have this option soon too.

Michelle D  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 12:30 PM
In South Africa, it's amazing just to receive your mail at your old address! It's crazy how technology can assist in making life much more efficient.

Bronwyn  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 10:37 AM
This would be so convenient if we could this in South Africa it would save so much time.

Prishani  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 10:11 AM
I was just thinking about this the other day and what a mission it is having to change your address. I hope SA looks at doing something like this soon.

Jolene   said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 01:44 PM
The next day? That is quick and very efficient. Our post office is barely operating.

Sinead  said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 11:02 AM
If only South Africa as as efficient as other countries. Implementing anything here is useless. Even if it works, it only works for a short period of time.

Nicolle  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 03:32 PM
Wouldn't it be nice? Personally, I have moved to a paperless. All of my traditional post is now emailed to me. I've even noticed that the dreaded City of Johannesburg have improved their administration where we are gently reminded of our monthly accounts by email and animated SMS.

Jessica  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 08:42 AM
I have to agree, that I wish South Africa would do more online things. Their government services are really slow and terrible. I mean the other day just to pay my license took me from 10:00am to 15:15pm just to give money. It is terrible. I hate having to go to any government department as is, but this virus has made it even worse.

Zindy  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 08:16 AM
Online saves so much time. If we had to send letters, we take time to write them seal them get stamps to post them instead of just sending an email whereby you can do this change on your phone avoiding the cues. Technology is evolving at a fast pace. The things you can do now if you look back 5 to ten years ago is amazing.

Franzelle   said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 07:28 AM
Wow todays technology is great, doing all your payments online, the paperless postal system whereby all statements and so on get sent via email ect. It is better than going and standing in line and waiting hours to get the help/service you need, but I agree that South Africa is behind with technology compared to overseas.

Daniella  said:
on Monday 21-Sep-20 11:43 AM
SA is quite behind when it comes to using tech in government institutions. There are some government hospitals that still don't have email address and only use faxes.

Natasha  said:
on Monday 21-Sep-20 09:12 AM
I don't use the post office, I will rather pay extra to get it delivered straight to me then through the post office.

Colleen  said:
on Wednesday 16-Sep-20 04:01 PM
I think the concept of using the technology available in the 21st century to further streamline processes should be implemented more often. Even the implementation of Caselines due to Covid is a great example of the adaptability of the technological capabilities of the modern era.

Victoria  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 09:41 AM
I wish South Africa would have a system like that in place but like you said before we could have something like that we would need to stop things being lost or stolen in the mail.

Tamaryn  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 08:54 AM
I avoid using the Post Office at all costs. Even if they implemented such a system, I still would not expect it to be effective or efficient.

Ashleigh  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 08:31 AM
That is great. I really wish that South Africa could change their systems to make it easier instead of queuing long lines just to be then told you need this document or that document and have to land up queuing again. ID's, licences and changing of addresses are left undone due to the long procedures that we have.

Alexis  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 08:19 AM
It would be nice if we had such a feature, would make life much easier to just do it once and get it over and done with. We now have to contact this place and then another....and whether or not it actually gets done, is another story.

Dasanya  said:
on Thursday 10-Sep-20 08:55 AM
Technology is a very useful and efficient tool and it should definitely be used more in our daily lives for simple things like the changing of an address!

thembi  said:
on Wednesday 09-Sep-20 04:55 PM
Wow technology is amazing. the old eway of letters took a long time to get to some one and now with the internet it is quick and easy

sandra  said:
on Wednesday 09-Sep-20 04:54 PM
This is the beauty of technology - it is fast, efficient and simple. I wonder how the technology will expand in the upcoming years to come

Joyce  said:
on Wednesday 09-Sep-20 02:58 PM
How convenient and in affordable cost things can be processed in overseas countries. Technology is amazing.

Melissa  said:
on Tuesday 08-Sep-20 04:55 PM
It just shows you how quickly technology improves on a daily basis. This is a fantastic idea to change your address online

Kayla  said:
on Tuesday 08-Sep-20 04:51 PM
This is really a great idea that South Africa should look at. Just recently I ordered from a company where the courier services actually lost my parcel that the company had to resend me a parcel and the other one is just nowhere to be found, so actually using a courier service is such a big risk as you dont know if you will ever receive your parcel.

Lourien Nell  said:
on Tuesday 08-Sep-20 11:31 AM
This would be an absolute great idea, if it is implemented correctly it can work any where. Its just so unfortunate that the people employed by our post offices lack the ability to give a service. They do absolutely nothing or as little as possible and this is the problem we have in South Africa.

Chante  said:
on Monday 07-Sep-20 08:59 AM
The postal system in SA is really not up to standard. Would be nice if our postal system was as organized.

Claudia B  said:
on Friday 04-Sep-20 02:51 PM
It's great that you can change your address online, pay a small fee and everything is done. So easy to do. Technology is just getting better and better now.

Thabitha  said:
on Friday 04-Sep-20 07:02 AM
I must say in SA everything can be implemented on time and work sufficiently, but the way things are in this country we've lost hope on everything.

danielle  said:
on Thursday 03-Sep-20 11:53 AM
Changing your address online is a fantastic idea. This will make things a lot easier. The technology really is making life more convenient.

Nicolene  said:
on Thursday 03-Sep-20 09:12 AM
It is definitely something they should think about, but it will probably take them years to figure it out. It will be so much easier. It's so frustrating to get someone else's mail, but yet again there will be people out there not willing to change their addresses.

Shristi   said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 05:51 PM
This would save so much of time! Getting the incorrect mail is so frustrating so this would be amazing!

Roxanne  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 04:51 PM
There are so many benefits for having all your mail sent online, for one its good for the environment as less trees will be cut down, and at least no post will go missing.

Ziyanda  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 02:00 PM
It is an efficient way of making sure that mail does not get lost or delivered at your previous address.

Courtney  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 12:21 PM
Absolutely love technology! Just wish we could do all our personal stuff online and never have to go into the post office or banks,
One positive thing about covid, people learned how to do almost anything online.

fikile  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 11:27 AM
Trying to get anything from the post office is like asking a blind person to see if he/she can help you move things. The is always a problem at the post office with everything that you need, I prefer using the courier because they are always on time and if the is anything wrong you as the client get to be told early and you can track your package and when it can arrive at your door step.

Tayla  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 11:12 AM
It is really amazing what technology has come to. I think we need to sort out our post getting lost and maybe this might help in some way.

Megan  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 10:52 AM
At this point the only time I go to the post office is for renewals, the post office is useless, I don't rely on anything they do (and the fact that the workers ask people to come after hours, to rape and kill them?) I get as much sent to my email and collect rather than deliver, to avoid the post office and stuff going through the post.

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 10:49 AM
I've been living in my house for just over 4 years now and we still receive the previous owners mail. It's so frustrating and something like this would make it so much easier.

Lauren  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 10:17 AM
Changing your address online is a fantastic and efficient idea. One would think that since we need proof of address to do anything in SA that they would implement a system like that.

Sarah  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 10:04 AM
Everything these seems to be online. I prefer online shopping than actually going into the shops.I would be that person paying the extra 20 rand to change address if need be. I don't like using the post in SA, because they notify so late and your order been sitting with them for 3 weeks already. That if it actually gets delivered to the post offices.

Kendall  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 09:44 AM
That is so efficient! If only things could run as smoothly in South Africa. I do not trust sending anything in the post in this country because chances are it will never arrive!

david  said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 09:41 AM
the post office has been the single biggest contributor to me doing everything online. i thank them almost daily for being utterly useless. if they had not been so useless that i quit them, i would not have discovered the wonder of cheap, next day to my doorstep, couriers.

many years ago i imported a motorcycle part from the UK. it took 2 days to make it from a shed in Northampton, UK to OR Tambo International Airport. it then took 3 months to make the final 23km from OR Tambo to Parkview Post Office!

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Wednesday 02-Sep-20 09:38 AM
It sounds a lot more efficient having access to do that on your computer. The technology really is making life more convenient.

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