Cape Town – Forget working on construction sites or as an undersea welder, statistically you're more likely to get injured on the job while working as a postman.
A total of 22 South African postmen were bitten by dogs while delivering mail to more than 1.2 million addresses in the Western Cape alone, between April 2016 and March 2017.
SA Post Office spokesperson Martie Gilchrist said the number was up from 19 bites in the previous financial year and "the most bites - four -occurred in Mitchell’s Plain".
“Other areas include Belhar, Dassenberg, Matroosfontein, Retreat, Langebaan, Constantia, Bredasdorp, Strandfontein, Worcester, Gansbaai, Gatesville and Stellenbosch.
“We have 673 postmen in the Western Cape and 88% of them have bicycles and they deliver eight million mail items a month to 1 279 213 addresses. Our postmen walk/ride 25 433 km a day,” said Gilchrist.