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NATIONAL LEGISLATION OVERVIEWS
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Postal Services Act, No. 124 of 1998

Long title


To make new provision for the regulation of postal services; for the operational functions of the postal company, including its universal service obligations; for structural matters relating to postal services as well as the operation of the Postbank and National Savings Certificates; and to consolidate certain provisions relating to the postal company and amend or repeal others; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Table of contents

SECTION TITLE

ARRANGEMENT OF ACT

CHAPTER I. INTERPRETATION AND OBJECTS OF ACT
1.  Definitions
2.  Objects of Act

CHAPTER II. MINISTERIAL POLICY DIRECTIONS AND FUNCTIONS OF REGULATOR [...Title amended by Act 2006_022_002 - was entitled "POSTAL REGULATOR"]
2A.  Ministerial policies and policy directions [...inserted by Act 2006_022_003]
3.  Establishment of Regulator
4.  Composition of Regulator
5.  ... [...Title amended by Act 2001_033_004_20011207 - was entitled "Termination of membership"] [...repealed by Act 2006_003_025 Sch1 - was entitled "Reappointment and termination" ]
6.  Co-opting of persons
7.  Staff
8.  General functions of Regulator
9.  Meetings of Regulator
10.  Attendance of meetings of Regulator
11.  Minutes of meetings of Regulator
12.  Notice to appear at meeting of Regulator
13.  Procedure at hearing
14.  [...repealed by Act 2006_003_025_20060622 Sch1 - was entitled "Annual report by Regulator"]

CHAPTER III. REGULATION OF POSTAL SERVICES
15.  Prohibition on operating reserved postal service without licence
16.  Applications for licences
17.  Duration of licence
18.  Renewal of licence
19.  Application and licence fees
20. Prohibition on operating unreserved postal service without registration certificate
21.  Application for registration
22.  Operators regarded as having been registered
23.  Production of licences and registration certificates
24.  Suspension or cancellation of licence or registration certificate
25.  Production of books and records
26.  Appointment of independent monitor
27.  Appointment of inspectors
28.  Powers of inspectors

CHAPTER IV. POSTAL COMPANY AND POSTAL SERVICES
29. [...deleted by Act 2011_022_031_20111219 Sch2 - was entitled "[Subsidy to postal company]"
30. Fees and charges for postal services
30A. Insurance of mail and postal articles [...inserted by Act 2001_033_006_20011207]
31. Postage
32. Letters to take precedence
32A. Order of transmission of telegrams [...inserted by Act 2011_022_031_20111219 Sch2]
32B. Telegrams which must be refused transmission [...inserted by Act 2011_022_031_20111219 Sch2]
33. When postal articles regarded as being in course of transmission, or to have been posted or delivered
34. Articles regarded as having been posted in contravention of Act
35. Postal articles to be sent to returned letter office for disposal
36. Articles subject to customs duty
37. Articles other than letters may be examined
38. Treatment of unclaimed letters in returned letter office
39. Unclaimed articles of value and articles posted in contravention of Act
40. Delay in transmission, in return to sender or delivery to person other than addressee of articles prohibited
41. Articles addressed to insolvent persons
42. Articles addressed to deceased persons
43. Detention of postal articles on order of court
44. Arrangements and agreements to convey postal articles
45. Compensation
46. Jurisdiction

CHAPTER V. MONEY TRANSFER SERVICES
47. Remittance of money through postal company
48. Refusal to issue or pay money orders, postal orders or other documents
49. Money orders and postal orders regarded as bank notes
50. Money remitted through postal company in terms of Post Office Act, 1958

CHAPTER VI. POSTBANK AND NATIONAL SAVINGS CERTIFICATES
51. Operation and control of Postbank
52. [...repealed by Act 2010_009_031_20101203 Sch1 - was entitled "Deposits in Postbank or National Savings Certificates in name of minors"]
53. [...repealed by Act 2010_009_031_20101203 Sch1 - was entitled "Secrecy"]
54. Transfer of deposits from or to another country
55. [...repealed by Act 2010_009_031_20101203 Sch1 - was entitled "Inactive accounts"]
56. Issue of National Savings Certificates
57. Regulations regarding National Savings Certificates
58. [...repealed by Act 2010_009_031_20101203 Sch1 - was entitled "Security for repayment of certain deposits and amounts represented by certain certificates"]

CHAPTER VII. GENERAL PROVISIONS
59. Electronic mail and addresses
60. Delegation of functions
61. Regulations

CHAPTER VIII. OFFENCES
62. Failure to produce licence or registration certificate
63. Failure to produce books and records
64. Failure to appear at meeting of Regulator
65. [...repealed by Act 2006_022_008_20070302 - was entitled "Obstructing officer in performance of functions
66. Forgery of stamps, dies and other articles
67. Illegal practices in connection with postal articles and premises
68. Damage to post office or mail
69. Irregular opening of or tampering with mail
70. Wilfully obstructing or delaying mail
71. Wilful opening or delay of postal article or telegram
72. Impersonating employee of the postal company [...Title amended by Act 2006_022_010_20070302 - was entitled "Impersonating officer"]
73. False declarations
74. Offences regarding telegrams
75. Divulging contents of telegrams
76. Attempting to commit or procuring commission of offences
77. Penalty for offences for which no special penalty provided
78. Evidence in criminal proceedings
79. Acceptance of official marks
80. Operating of postal services without licence or registration certificate

CHAPTER IX. REPEAL AND AMENDMENT OF LAWS
81. Amendment of section 1 of Act 44 of 1958
82. Amendment of section 3 of Act 44 of 1958
83. Amendment of section 4 of Act 44 of 1958
84. Amendment of section 5 of Act 44 of 1958
85. Amendment of section 12W of Act 44 of 1958
86. Amendment of section 115 of Act 44 of 1958
87. Repeal of certain sections of Act 44 of 1958

CHAPTER X. SAVINGS, SHORT TITLE AND COMMENCEMENT
88. Savings
89. Short title and commencement
Sch. 1. SCHEDULE 1. RESERVED POSTAL SERVICES [s1; s17] 
Sch. 2. SCHEDULE 2. UNRESERVED POSTAL SERVICES [s1; s20; s22]

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