TechInAfrica – The global ride-hailing company, Uber has finally launched UberGO officially in East London which is the sixth city in South Africa to access the app alongside the service. With the launching, Uber hopes that people in the city can take benefits from the technology which is expected to be more efficient and affordable.
Furthermore, the technology also allows the locals to increase their income by taking either a part-time or full-time job and leveraging the UberGO app.
Uber’s Country Manager for South Africa, Nduduzo Nyanda said, “In the last year, we have seen the Uber app opened over 100,000 times in East London, which is a clear indication that there is a high demand to use the app.”
Nyanda continued, “The way people move and work in their cities are changing, and we see positive regulatory momentum for ride-sharing across SA to address their growing transportation needs and to shape the future of urban mobility together. Thanks to these efforts, we are excited to be launching in East London.”
The company said that the technology brings benefits both to riders and drivers as it makes the trip safer by enabling the GPS tracker. Once it is enabled, users will have access to an in-app emergency button that connects users to a private security response during a trip. Additionally, they can also share their trip status with friends and family.
“We are excited to welcome Uber to our city and are thrilled that our citizens will benefit as we become one of the many smart cities in South Africa that will now have access to Uber’s tools and technology that can help improve the first- and last-mile journeys of passengers,” said Buffalo City Municipality Development Agency.
To request a ride with UberGO, users need to download the app either on Google Play Store or App Store, for free. Once it is downloaded and installed, riders only need to open the Uber app and select UberGO to use the service. For the time being, Uber ride requests are only available in the main city as well as parts of the Buffalo City Municipality.