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Started by Clare Santer. Last reply by Philippa Gray Oct 18.
Started by Sharon Fennell. Last reply by Grace Weir Oct 7.
Started by Brenda Ash. Last reply by Brenda Ash Sep 22.
POSTAL SERVICE SITUATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
Following the newspaper report from South Africa with regard the Bryanston Post Office, I asked Ronda if it was time to call a halt to sending parcels, here is her response:
To be honest I would say "yes", Pam - I am more worried about the current situation than I have ever been during any of the PO strikes ! Nobody seems to know what on earth is going on - the newspaper clipping sounded reassuring but I cannot see them being able to resurrect the Bryanston PO - not for a LONG time, anyway.
In the meantime we cannot seem to trace our parcels.
I will go to the Bryanston West PO again on Monday and let's hope they have something for us to open on Tuesday.
But given the levels of post that we were collecting during October, there could be a MASSIVE pile of KASpost SOMEWHERE in the pipeline !!!
Contributors may become understandably annoyed if we let them keep sending parcels at great expense, while there seems to be a possibility that we ill never get to the bottom of things now, and the system really does appear to have collapsed in certain areas already.
It's tragic that KAS is personally involved - many of the POs are operating, only a few have been allowed to lock their doors and literally go into hiding.
Not sure how you could word it - the whole thing is unbelievable, unworthy, bizarre !
THEREFORE, UNTIL THIS SITUATION IS STABILISED IT IS BEST IF EVERYONE STOPS SENDING, UNTIL WE ARE ASSURED THAT THE KNIT-A-SQUARE PARCELS ARE SAFELY FLOWING INTO THE HANDS OF RONDA AND THE TEAM. PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Rebecca if you want to send squares to me to sew up I'd be ok with doing that over the winter... as it is I have someone paying for postage to SA (my mom!) so it would save you postage to.
Rebecca, don't worry about joining the squares. As Philippa says the Gogos will still be working on the blankets and no-one except Forum members will even know about sewing their own. I'm joining my donated squares for exactly the opposite reason to you - I can't knit much these days but I do some crochet and sewing seems okay so it works out well for me. Like you I get hundreds of squares each month and it's quite time consuming but for me that's fine. I would do yours if we were nearer but postage is always such a consideration.
.I don't recommend asking for made up blankets - the standard of donations is so variable and the squares often need attention anyway so I think that would only cause more problems. Do just send squares - that'll be fine.
I am are that some of them would be able to knit as strips or sew up there squares as strips - I shall try asking at any rate!
Oh goodness, I hadn't realised you have quite so much on your plate! I'm sure your contributions will still be very welcome. Let's not forget the gogos who sew the blankets together still need squares to work with.
Philippa, that is great but as I have an un-knwn quantity of knitters who all work on the squares at the cafe or in their own home and we do not have a group meet up or anything, it is hard to get the message out to people, and with an average of 100 coming in a month - a lot more some months - even sewing them into strips would be a massive undertaking! With an ill family member and a knitting from home business myself I am just not able to give any more time but I do not want to stop the squares as set up in my town. Perhaps I can suggest to people in the town that they sew their squares together in strips of 5, but as they do not even sew the ends in sometimes, or even manage to get the size of square accurate......... :)
Rebecca, I have started making my own squares as strips and then sewing or crocheting the strips together. It means it's hardly more work. I don't wait until I have a whole blanket either. I sent 15 squares last time, sewed together as strips of 5, a little less than half a blanket. I figure they can join more squares when it gets to SA.
Thanks Sharon - I don't want to add to the problems, but as I say with doing my work knitting and with taking in all the squares from my local cafe I simply cannot give any more time than I already do..........
Can we still send just the squares? I have a couple of hundred here that have been handed in by Melton knitters and I absolutely have no time to sew them up - and have had no luck with getting anyone else to sew up. They are taking up a lot of room in the house but I don't want to just send them without checking........
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30th November 2015
BRYANSTON POST OFFICE - the good news is that parcels are being diverted to Bryanston West PO!
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