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Uber sees explosive growth in SA

Transport network company Uber has enjoyed explosive growth in the past year in South Africa, with local users of its application taking more than 2m trips in the first six months of 2015. That compares t

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Uber’s SA competitors cry foul

The rise of taxi service Uber in South Africa has its competitors crying foul and alleging a number of violations of the law. These include allegations that the company may be flouting foreign exchange

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Why Google is eyeing Uber’s lunch

News that Google is to get into the ride-hailing scene – the same taxis-that-aren’t-taxis business pioneered by Uber – may have come as a surprise to some. We can speculate that it may even have

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SA first for Uber, Zomato in global tie-up

Two of the world’s hottest technology start-ups, restaurant search and discovery service Zomato and transportation app developer Uber, have announced a global partnership — and the fruits of it will be seen in South Africa first. The fruits of

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International Newsmakers of 2014

As is customary at this time of the year, TechCentral is pleased to present its lists of who it considers are the biggest technology newsmakers over the past 12 months, both internationally and in South Africa. We kick it off, as always

Start-ups
SA’s WumDrop is like Uber for deliveries

WumDrop, a Cape Town start-up, has designs on becoming the Uber of courier services in South Africa, and it has set it sights on the broader African continent, too. Uber is the on-demand taxi service that uses a smartphone app to bring drivers and passengers together. Co-founder of WumDrop

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Uber just got cheaper in SA

Smartphone-based private chauffeur service Uber has launched a low-cost version of its taxi service in Cape Town. Called UberX, the cheaper option will run alongside the company’s high-end UberBlack service, which has been available in South Africa since October. Uber’s cab service allows users to book and pay

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The app that takes you for a ride

It’s been three minutes since I booked a taxi ride on my smartphone; not quite enough time to get to the road outside my office in Rosebank. My taxi driver has already arrived and is calling to let me know. I find a white Mercedes C-Class pulled up at the kerb. There is no taxi sign on the car, but I recognise

Alistair Fairweather
How the Internet is changing the world, again

When Roy Amara was president of The Institute for the Future, he famously remarked: “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Looking at the current crop of start-ups now hitting their stride, it’s safe to say online

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