Suffice to say, making use of the Post Office in South Africa is a place that teaches an individual great
Whether you are posting a letter and require a single postage stamp or are sending a whole host of parcels, this is one place that you have to have untold patience and plenty of time because a quick trip to the post office no matter where in South Africa, can become an adventure all on its own and a lengthy process.
This is the place you can have an hour-long chat #haveyoursay and become friends with an entire range of people from all walks of life – it is also a place where you can stand and eat your breakfast or lunch and take your time – you can even knit a jersey in one single session as the staff will never hurry it up and make your life any easier by insisting you be next.
As a matter of fact – this is the very place where you can stand in a line for an hour, only to discover the queue you have been standing in so patiently for so long is not the correct one at all!
Alternatively, you can stand in that long, long line and as soon as you are next, the cashier closes his or her till to go on tea, lunch, dinner, breakfast or some other important meal.
But to be fair – the post office is also the place where you can renew your car licence and forgo the long queues at the licensing department.
We all need to learn to toi-toi at the post office – thankfully the advent of the email has made standing at the post office something we only need to do from time to time.
The South African Post Offices is a place where one has to practice extreme patience, so if you are in a hurry avoid this Government Department at all costs.