https://www.engineeringnews.co.za

Uber reaches almost 1-million users in South Africa

9th November 2017

By: Irma Venter

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

     

Font size: - +

The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa happened in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape Town to Durban, via Bloemfontein.

The electronic ride hailing service does not disclose why the journey was made. The Uber app does, however, provide an estimated cost for the journey, at between R11 000 and R15 000 for the standard service.

Uber started operating in South Africa in 2013, expanding to a number of countries in the rest of the continent.

Uber has since then also launched the UberEATS service in South Africa, which is a meal ordering and delivery platform.

Since 2013, Uber has moved more than 1.8-million riders in the region, with more than 230 000 scheduled trips requested, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits.

“We have created more than 29 000 economic opportunities.”

Lits says there are more than 12 000 active Uber drivers in South Africa alone, and 969 000 active riders.

The most popular request time in South Africa is on a Friday at around 18:00. In Kenya it is around 20:00 on a Friday, in Tanzania 19:00 on a Saturday, in Uganda 23:00 on a Friday, in Nigeria 17:00 on a Friday and in Ghana 21:00 on a Friday.

Lits quotes a Morgan Stanley research report that notes that ride-hailing accounted for 4% of all miles driven globally in 2015, which is expected to increase to around 26% by 2030.

Around 10% of millennial Uber riders in the US also say that they have either given up a car, or not bought one.

The research report that notes that cars, on average, operate for only one hour a day, but account for 45% of global oil demand.

 

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

Comments

Showroom

John Deere (Pty) Ltd
John Deere (Pty) Ltd

In 1958 John Deere Construction made its first introduction to the industry with their model 64 bulldozer.

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Immersive Technologies
Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of simulator training solutions to the global resources industry.

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Photo of Martin Creamer
On-The-Air (12/07/2024)
12th July 2024 By: Martin Creamer
Magazine image
Magazine round up | 12 July 2024
12th July 2024

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.617 0.674s - 171pq - 3rq
Subscribe Now