The Eastern Cape transport department has announced that the two new post offices opened in Nelson Mandela Bay on Tuesday night will provide full licensing services for city motorists.
The post offices are in Gelvandale and Newton Park and were officially opened by MEC Thandiswa Marawu. Previously, motorists and dealers could only license their vehicles at North End and the main post office in Govan Mbeki Avenue.
Marawu said: “The relationship between the SA Post Office and the department started on September 2005, when 31 outlets were officially opened for registration and licensing of vehicles in the Nelson Mandela metropolitan area.”
Marawu said three of those 31 outlets were now open for full licensing services and the rest only for renewal of licences.
“The identified post offices will work in collaboration with the existing authorities and their main purpose is to cut down the long queues that people experience when they renew their vehicle licences. “Newton Park and Gelvandale post offices are located in areas where the highest number of vehicles are registered and licensed and this will ensure that the demand is met head on,” said Marawu.
She said she was investigating the possibility of opening more sites at every post office in the province. “Next week, as part of our October transport month campaign, we will open an additional 17 post office sites in the Midlands area.
“The following towns are earmarked: Jansenville, Willowmore, Tarkastad, Blikana, Herschel, Jamestown, Venterstad, Hofmeyer, Michausdal, Lingelihle, Sterkstroom, Steynsburg, Bedford, Balfour, Keiskammahoek, Aberdeen and Siphiwo Mazwayi (Grahamstown).”