BotswanaPost Pilots Home Mail Delivery

| February 9, 2016

Gaborone - The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) through BotswanaPost has embarked on Home Mail Delivery Pilot Project which will be conducted in Ditimamodimo and Marapoathutlwa locations in Gaborone.

Ditimamodimo and Marapoathutlwa are also known as Block 7 and Block 8 respectively and the two locations which are opposite to each other are both in Gaborone North Constituency.

This pilot project is anticipated to take a year and it will be rolled to other parts of the country upon its successful ending. Addressing residents of the two locations at Phillip Moshotle Primary School on Wednesday on behalf of the minister of transport and communications Mr Tshenolo Mabeo, Botswanapost chief executive officer Mr Colleneous Ramatlhakwana said as member of Universal Postal Union (UPU) the country is encouraged to come up with National Addressing Standards and Postcodes.

Mr Ramatlhakwana said the move which was taken after a comprehensive study is aimed at improving operational efficiency across many key service areas. He said quality addressing and postcode system are essential for infrastructure and the socio-economic development of a country.

Addressing involves an identification of the fixed location of a property such as plot of land, building, part of building, way of access or other construction by means of a structure composition of geographic names and identifiers.

It comprises a town, street name, street number and house number.

This information, Mr Ramatlhakwana said, is very vital for postal services as it ensures efficient and effective home delivery of mail and parcels.

The objectives of the pilot project are; to develop and implement a National Addressing Standard compliant with the UPU S42 international addressing standard, develop and implement a national postcode system, develop and implement a home delivery system and develop and maintain a national address database.

The pilot project activity entail the installation of post boxes on the periphery of about 6 000 homes and BotswanaPost will bear the cost of the activity, procurement and installation.

The envisaged outcomes of the project are; validation of the national standard and postcodes, home delivery of mail and parcels, job creation, contribution to economic activity (mail box manufacturing industry0, increased mail efficiency, customer convenience and improved customer satisfaction.

Meanwhile Mr Ramatlhakwana asked residents to cooperate and for their part residents said they were pleased with the new development.

Giving a vote of thanks, area MP Mr Haskins Nkaigwa said the pilot project is a welcome development which needs support from residents. He therefore thanked the government for having chosen the two locations for the project.

Source: BOPA

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