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Stuart Lowman’s Inbox: The Post Office topic has touched a nerve

The Post Office topic has touched a nerve, with neighborhood member Garth Luxton weighing in:

Where can we now stand on the ludicrous subject that the South African Post Office ought to be the official service of any gadgets beneath 1kg? For an SOE that “solely misplaced 11% of things posted” (how do they attain that “reality” – or is that this deliberate non-delivery?) to have the gall to disclaim the nation the appropriate to have letters, authorized paperwork, medicines, and so forth, really delivered door-to-door by environment friendly courier providers pushed by strong enterprise ethics and ideas and willingly paid for by the senders needs to be one in all THE most incredulous issues (and there have been many) to return out of politicians’ mouths on this nation.

Several years in the past now I already requested pals overseas to cease sending me Christmas playing cards and parcels as a result of, though they got here from locations as far off as California, Iceland, Switzerland and Australia all of them miraculously arrived without delay across the finish of the next March, to an tackle in Cape Town. It was embarrassing for me to must apologise for not acknowledging receipt once I would usually have performed so after which questioning who else wanted an apology whose mail I’d by no means obtain; we didn’t want Covid again then to separate pals and households, the SAPO did it for us.

About three years in the past a German customer to SA despatched me a postcard from Graaff-Reinet which took from mid-November to the next March to achieve me in Swellendam. When I raised this with the clerk on the native publish workplace, her response was “you have to realise that we solely have two postmen and the one is on depart”.

A fortnight in the past I acquired a birthday card for my seventieth birthday in March 2020, 6 months after my 71st. This had been despatched by Priority Mail from Switzerland initially of February 2020, 6 weeks earlier than the Covid excuse for all the things reared its ugly head.

And my favorite learn is the next which apparently escaped nationwide protection on the time: https://lowvelder.co.za/477235/paltry-punishment-poultry-pluckers/

Thanks to your glorious emails and your attention-grabbing protection of related subjects.

A BizNews neighborhood member who wished to stay nameless had the next to say after all of the suggestions round Rob Hersov’s Q&A that went viral on YouTube:

Humanity as everyone knows is much from excellent. But it doesn’t exonerate us from doing the appropriate factor. I’ve been serious about Rob Hersov’s speech on the spring convention, he’s proper and the information are irrefutable. However, speaking to the transformed doesn’t transfer the needle, sure they’ve the abilities, manufacturing, capability and the federal government continues to attract on the declining tax base. That discuss doesn’t even register with the individuals who have the potential to have an effect on the required adjustments our nation desperately wants. It’s completely logical that these individuals proceed to vote for the ANC regardless of the clear corruption and mismanagement as a result of the ANC has one thing nobody else has, it has enabled hundreds of thousands to reclaim their humanity as black individuals of their nation. And of their minds there’s just one group guilty for his or her destiny and as confirmed by an interview with Moeletsi Mbeki the ANC will use the concern of reverting to the previous if individuals don’t vote ANC and they’re the one antidote. Black individuals not have the concern of being arrested, crushed, excluded from alternatives, and so forth just because they’re black.

My humble suggestion why not use this chance for whites to straight apologise for the previous, backed-up by a well-managed reparation fund. No political events, simply conscientious residents, doing what they will as a result of the appointed brokers failed their fiduciary tasks. There might be many naysayers as all the time however the way forward for our nation is on a knife’s edge and everybody is aware of it.

Someone like Hersov has great attain, entry and affect to be a catalyst in everybody singing from the identical hymn sheet. All the substances to make this occur are there, the tech, and the assets as talked about by him. The individuals with the means to impact this variation have simply given up as a result of they assume the one resolution is political however the actuality is the ability is with the individuals.

And neighborhood member David Lipschitz jumped on the distant work debate. This after PwC launched a full-time distant work coverage for US employees members:

On the talk about “distant” working, i.e. working exterior a central workplace constructing, and being paid decrease wages and salaries due to decrease commuting prices, though it has been proven that the common worker works 48.5 minutes longer every day (for a similar (or much less?) pay), and usually with a lot much less stress (and subsequently increased efficiency) than earlier than after they needed to commute to work.

I’ve labored at my residence workplace “remotely” since 2002. Always paid the identical as my colleagues who labored in buildings. My spouse has an workplace at residence (really she makes use of two rooms of our home as her workplace). It is just since March 2020 that firms have been lowering my pay and I’m now charging a mean of 1/third lower than 18 months in the past.

(I ought to say that I’ve all the time been 30-50% extra productive working from my residence workplace than I ever was working in central workplace buildings, and I can go into the explanations for this in case you like.)

And firms earnings are at file highs, share costs are by the roof and the wealthy have gotten richer quicker than ever within the historical past of mankind.

Anyone see an enormous image right here?

Note that working remotely ought to really signify working in an workplace constructing. When I work from home I work regionally, simply as I did earlier than “enclosure” 500 years in the past pressured me into factories and their fashionable equivalents, workplace buildings.

And we presently have “The Great Resignation” as extremely paid individuals realise that they will resign, and transfer from their costly cities into cheap locations across the globe and dwell a quiet life, not contributing to the additional excesses of mankind’s greed.

The Great Resignation is resulting in the largest lack of organisation information that humanity has ever seen, and we’re already seeing large failures within the AI (Artificial Intelligence) neighborhood, seen in AI employment processes that throw out the nice workers with the dangerous.

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