With South Africa’s post office barely functional it is better to use private courier companies to send parcels province to province. Here are three ways to send a package across the country quickly.
Aramex Store-to-door (small parcels)
Aramex has a “store-to-door” courier service which sends packages (providing they fit in the provided bag) to most cities in SA overnight for R99.
The bags and drop boxes are available at some Pick n Pays, Fresh Stop and 3@1 stores. What you basically do is purchase a sleeve (which contains a waybill to fill in), fill in the waybill put item in sleeve, attach waybill to sleeve and put it in the provided box. They usually come collect around 3pm in the afternoon and if you get it in the box before then you will have have it delivered to other provinces by 10am the next day (they claim before 12pm), not including weekends and public holidays.
PostNet Counter-to-counter (medium size parcels)
I have also used PostNet counter to counter for larger and heavier things R99 for first 5kg but they take longer than Aramex (2-3 days). You drop the parcel off at your nearest PostNet they weigh it and charge you and the recipient can collect the parcel at their nearest PostNet when it arrives.
Bigfoot Express Freight (large parcels)
Bigfoot Express is my go-to guys for sending bulky items province to province. To major cities Bigfoot offers a next day delivery service. I have used them to send anything large from heavy machinery to multiple boxes of items, they collect at your door or you can drop it off at their depot. Because they are bulk freight they are cheaper than couriers for big and heavy items.