The South African Post Office has urged customers who prefer to use surface mail to send their Christmas gifts abroad to make sure they are delivered in time for Christmas.
“Surface mail is the most cost-effective way of having an item delivered abroad,” says Janras Kotsi, who is in charge of mail business at the South African, Post Office. “All airmail items to other countries can be posted by 11 December – they will be delivered before Christmas.”
Kotsi says surface mail items for Australia, South and North America, the Far East and Asia must be posted by 6 November, while mail for Great Britain, Europe and the Middle East must be posted no later than 30 October.
Mail to New Zealand and Central Africa – the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda – must be posted by 4 December. This date also applies to countries in Southern Africa: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Thanks to simple road-delivery routes, items to Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana posted by 15 December will be in time for Christmas.
Items for Tristan da Cunha, Ascension and St Helena need to be posted no later than 13 November. No air mail is available to the very remote islands of Tristan da Cunha and St Helena islands as they have no airstrips.