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Uber driver hijacked in Cape Town

An Uber driver was hijacked outside Cape Town International Airport on Thursday night, the company confirmed. “We have been in touch with the rider and driver-partner to offer our support and we are relieved to hear both of them are okay,” an Uber

Uber hints at car pool service in SA

Internet ride-sharing app Uber says it could theoretically reduce Johannesburg traffic by almost a million cars if it introduces its car pooling option in South Africa. Uber launched in South Africa in 2013, and the service is available in

Uber plays down driver strike reports

Internet ride-sharing service Uber says reports about 200 of its partner drivers striking in Cape Town are exaggerated. Reports emerged on Wednesday night saying that about 200 Uber drivers stopped working and marched toward the company’s Greenpoint office

Uber drivers strike over price cuts

Some 200 Uber drivers have picketed Uber’s Cape Town office after the company said it was cutting prices on its entry-level UberX service by up to 20% to spur demand in the winter months, it has been reported. Eyewitness News said the

Uber cuts tariffs in SA cities

Internet-based ride-sharing service Uber is cutting prices for its entry-level UberX service in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban by up to 20% to spur demand in the winter months, the company said on Wednesday. “During the winter months, riders tend to venture

Unicorns are on the endangered list

What a difference two years can make. The herd of private technology start-ups worth over US$1bn – dubbed “unicorns” – is looking decidedly skittish. Funding is drying up and the expected rivers of revenue have not yet begun to flow. On Friday

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Son of slain Uber driver pleads for info

Mystery surrounds the fatal shooting of an Uber taxi driver in Rondebosch last week, with no arrests yet, and his son is desperately trying to find out who was responsible. Webb-Law Chehore was shot near the Baxter Theatre on Friday morning, just a day

Uber expands in Kenya, Nigeria

Uber has established a presence in Mombasa in Kenya and Abuja in Nigeria, with the two cities becoming the 399th and 400th cities in which the Internet ride-hailing service has been launched. Uber, which is already available in a number of South African cities

Uber welcomes ‘tough’ SA transport law

Internet ride-sharing company Uber says it welcomes a new transport bill that plans a crackdown on drivers who don’t have meter taxi licences. The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that cabinet has

Why Uber’s surge pricing is naive economics

Economists love Uber’s surge pricing. But it is doomed, because customers hate it. Why? Surge pricing occurs when the supply and demand for Uber vehicles becomes unbalanced, for example, due to inclement weather, a public holiday such as New Year’s Eve

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