SA Post Office CEO suspended four months into new job: report

The SA Post Office suspended its new interim CEO, Lindiwe Kwele, in December 2019, after just four months at the helm of the struggling state-owned enterprise.

Kwele was appointed as interim CEO in August last year when former Post Office CEO Mark Barnes resigned citing differences on a forward strategy in relation to the structure of the group.

After his resignation, Barnes said there was a competent team in place at the Post Office, led by Kwele, which can still realise the potential of the organisation.

Kwele first joined the Post Office in June 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. Before that, she was Deputy City Manager for the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

Business Day has now reported that Kwele and Mothusi Motjale, The SA Post Office’s head of the supply chain management division, were suspended on 4 December.

“The Post Office confirmed the suspension of the duo, saying it would allow for an independent investigation into unspecified matters,” the report stated.

Big losses

The SA Post Office continues to make big losses, which required the government to give it a capital injection of R2.95 billion over the previous financial year.

There were, however, positive movements under Barnes. He said in the Post Office’s last annual report that the company was progressing towards profitability.

He added that the organisation was in a sound financial position, with no external bank borrowings or outstanding National Treasury guarantees.

The Post Office’s revenue increased by R897 million (19.8%) to R5.44 billion compared to the previous reporting period.

Expenses, however, increased even faster. Total expenses increased by R1.43 billion to R6.78 billion, which resulted in a net loss of R1.172 billion.

Post Office comment

MyBroadband asked the SA Post Office for comment, but it did not respond by the time of publication.

This article originally appeared on MyBroadband

Read: How much it will cost to send a letter or parcel through the South African Post Office in 2020

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SA Post Office CEO suspended four months into new job: report