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<p><strong>By Kopano Sibeko</strong><br />
info@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>THE Communication Access of South Africa which is affiliated to the post office sector failed to host the World Post Day earmarked for the East Bank community hall on the 9th of October. The event was cancelled after delegates waited for two hours for the doors of the hall to be opened. The World Post Day is celebrated annually on this day to create awareness of the Post Office’s role in everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development. The Executive Director of CAOSA Torong Ramela said he does not understand why they were denied entry as the venue was approved.</p>

<p>“I suspect foul play; there are certain individuals in the Johannesburg Municipality that are probably against this. We were told to follow the correct procedure to gain entrance, which we did but that did not help” he said. “We were here to deliver a service that could help people. People do not communicate anymore because they do not have access to services and that’s exactly why we intended to deliver a service and they were denied that opportunity,“ he added. He said that he was communicating with Tshilidzi Lidiavhathu the strategic advisor to the MMC of Community Development, who confirmed that the venue was approved, but when he called him on the day he was ducking and diving. In his defence, Lidiavhathu said it is unfortunate that he was contacted on Sunday about the venue, he had no knowledge about the event however he tried his best to help as he works at the MMC’s office.</p>

<p>“I spoke to the director of sports and recreation and he said they should follow the correct procedure, I then communicated the same message to them and they wanted to waiver the payment for the booking,” he said. Joseph Rapola centre manager at the East Bank Hall echoed the same words Lidiavhathu said, he also confirms that Ramela did not follow all the procedures of the bilaws in terms of booking the venue. He had not paid and another booking had been made two weeks prior .</p>

<p>“They didn’t do the booking on time. I have evidence that can corroborate my story as I reminded Ramela on Saturday about his event and he said he spoke to the MMC and all was sorted. However, on the actual day there was no proof on paper stipulating that we should lease.” he concluded. Despite the miscommunication between these organisations, CAOSA promises to still visit Alex as they want to build capacity with the community.</p>
NO SHOW AT POST DAY

By Kopano Sibeko
info@greateralextoday.co.za

THE Communication Access of South Africa which is affiliated to the post office sector failed to host the World Post Day earmarked for the East Bank community hall on the 9th of October. The event was cancelled after delegates waited for two hours for the doors of the hall to be opened. The World Post Day is celebrated annually on this day to create awareness of the Post Office’s role in everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development. The Executive Director of CAOSA Torong Ramela said he does not understand why they were denied entry as the venue was approved.

“I suspect foul play; there are certain individuals in the Johannesburg Municipality that are probably against this. We were told to follow the correct procedure to gain entrance, which we did but that did not help” he said. “We were here to deliver a service that could help people. People do not communicate anymore because they do not have access to services and that’s exactly why we intended to deliver a service and they were denied that opportunity,“ he added. He said that he was communicating with Tshilidzi Lidiavhathu the strategic advisor to the MMC of Community Development, who confirmed that the venue was approved, but when he called him on the day he was ducking and diving. In his defence, Lidiavhathu said it is unfortunate that he was contacted on Sunday about the venue, he had no knowledge about the event however he tried his best to help as he works at the MMC’s office.

“I spoke to the director of sports and recreation and he said they should follow the correct procedure, I then communicated the same message to them and they wanted to waiver the payment for the booking,” he said. Joseph Rapola centre manager at the East Bank Hall echoed the same words Lidiavhathu said, he also confirms that Ramela did not follow all the procedures of the bilaws in terms of booking the venue. He had not paid and another booking had been made two weeks prior .

“They didn’t do the booking on time. I have evidence that can corroborate my story as I reminded Ramela on Saturday about his event and he said he spoke to the MMC and all was sorted. However, on the actual day there was no proof on paper stipulating that we should lease.” he concluded. Despite the miscommunication between these organisations, CAOSA promises to still visit Alex as they want to build capacity with the community.

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