Nothing is more frustrating than running out of printer ink. The Roodepoort licensing department found this out the hard way when they ran out of ink cartridges and had to turn people away. According to Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department director Gerrie Gerneke, this is due to the City of Johannesburg not renewing its contract with the company that supplies the department with their toner and ink.
This has frustrated motorists as they cannot register new vehicles or renew their vehicle licenses. One woman, who asked not to be named, has stated that “it is unbelievable that an organisation as big as the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department… does not have cartridges or toners to print official documents.” She has been trying to register her vehicle since Wednesday (28 May 2014).
Another motorist said “I am desperate as I have to register a new car. The staff inside are embarrassed but they say it is beyond their control”. To add to the issue, the Langlaagte testing station, which is the closest licensing department, has been closed for renovations, so the Roodepoort department is seeing an increased number of people wanting to register their vehicles.
Mr Gerneke said that the staff would borrow ink cartridges from the Florida station, so things should be back to normal on Tuesday (3 June 2014).
When I contacted the staff at the Roodepoort licensing department yesterday afternoon (4 June 2014), they were still offline. To help the people needing to renew their licenses and the staff at the licensing department, Inksaver offered to donate R10 000 worth of the ink cartridgs they need to get them back on their feet and see them through the problem.