Drivers working for Uber, Bolt and other ride-hailing services in South Africa embarked on a strike to protest against record-high petrol prices.
Bolt, a rival of Uber’s ride-sharing and food delivery business, plans to focus on Europe and Africa for now, CEO Markus Villig said.
DiDi Global has suspended plans to expand in Europe partly because of concerns over how the Chinese ride-hailing company handles passenger data, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Chinese-owned Uber Technologies rival Didi Chuxing Technology – better known as DiDi – will be launched in Johannesburg and Pretoria next Monday, 23 August.
Bolt Technology, which competes with Uber Technologies in Africa and Europe, doubled its valuation to €4-billion after raising money to finance a grocery delivery service.
Bolt, the company formerly known as Taxify, has launched a lower-cost ride-hailing service that it claims is the cheapest in South Africa.
Ride-hailing company Bolt Technology, formerly known as Taxify, is seeking credit support from the Estonian government after banks turned down requests for loans.
The Uber rival said on Wednesday that it has doubled its South African footprint in the past year, launching ride-hailing services in 34 secondary towns and cities in all nine provinces, and will now launch food delivery services.
Bolt, the ride-hailing service formerly known as Taxify, said it has begun operating a food-delivery business in its native Estonia, and will launch in other European and African countries next year.
South Africans have yet another electronic ride-hailing option available to them with the launch of a homegrown e-hailing app called Taxi Live Africa.