Category Archives: South Africa

Uber in Africa: Company’s Expansion and What this Means

 

Uber Technologies Inc. is well known for its aggressive mode of taking over territories. The company has operations in over 500 cities across 81 countries of the world. Uber’s die-hard attitude towards expansion and its ability to be at loggerheads with resisting governments could be why it remains an industry leader today. Uber in Africa is proving to be a formidable force.  The company continues to enjoy rapid growth in major Africa cities. Uber launched in Africa in 2012 beginning with Johannesburg. The company has since spread its operations into 14  African cities including Lagos, Dar Es Salaam and Pretoria.

This doesn’t mean the ride share giant has enjoyed smooth sailing while increasing its global foot print in Africa. Local taxi drivers have expressed both verbal and physical displeasure at Uber’s growing popularity in Africa. Uber drivers in Kenya and South Africa have faced abuse in the hands of local taxi drivers. This setbacks have only spurred Uber on as the company continues to seek ways to attract more riders onto its platform.

Besides providing alternative means of transport for Africans and empowering willing drivers, Uber will also introduce some of its other popular services like
Uber in AfricaUberEATS, UberRUSH and UberPOOL. This was revealed by Alon Lits- General Manager of Uber in Sub-Saharan Africa to YPO about Uber’s expansion plans. 

It is equally important to note that unemployment is a big problem in most African countries.  By launching Uber in Africa, the company will provide job opportunities to thousands of people.

Despite some of the opposition Uber has faced in Africa, there aren’t key competitors who operate exactly the same way as Uber does in Africa. Other companies such as Snappcab in South Africa and Taxify which launched in Cape Town and Nigeria are struggling to meet up. Uber continues to enjoy unparalleled success in Africa by revolutionizing the Taxi industry.  Uber in AfricaWhile trying to increase rider patronage, Uber in Africa slashed fares in Kenya to make its services more attractive to consumers. This move met with retaliation from Uber drivers who decided to protest what they felt was unfair. The disgruntled drivers went on strike in August of 2016 protesting the 35 percent cut in prices introduced by the ride-hailing service in East Africa’s largest economy. However, Uber has since resumed operations in Kenya and continues to battle it out with home grown competitor- Little launched by Safaricom.

While touting the progress made so far by Uber in Africa, Lits reported that: “In 2014, we had a million trips booked, during the first six months of 2015 two million trips were booked, and we have seen the trend continue.”

African countries are known for their warm reception of foreign investors who try to empower their citizens. The market is welcoming and with the government ready to support foreign investment, it means even easier operations for Uber.

We look forward to other success stories as Uber in Africa continues to make its way around the continent one city at a time.

 

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Uber Car Insurance in South Africa

 

Finding an insurance plan that serves the interest of rideshare drivers could be considered a cause for concern within the industry.

Uber car insuranceThere’s no doubt that Uber provides quite a different approach to transportation system and this sometimes creates a bit of complication for related industries. The lawmakers in some countries don’t know where or how to group Uber. The insurance companies don’t know how to go about covering Uber drivers and their vehicles – there is a struggle to find the right balance to protect all invested parties. In addition to this,

Uber has also transformed what car ownership means, especially since private car owners can give their cars up on the platform. Before now, private car insurance accounted for every scenario that a car owner could get into while commuting in their vehicle. Since the inception of ridesharing has made it possible for private car owners to commercialize their vehicles, it has become quite problematic for insurance companies to cover many Uber drivers under a regular private car plan. Also, private insurance plans are built to cover incidents involving a car owned by a person and used exclusively by them.

To throw a wrench into the works, ridesharing as a business is not entirely equal to commercial transportation, hence, insurance companies can neither cover Uber drivers under private plans nor subject them to the same pricey procedure that cover taxis and other transportation providers.

To protect its drivers, Uber sometimes enter into deals with Insurance companies in certain countries to secure adequate Insurance cover for Uber drivers and partners. One of such countries is South Africa.

 

Uber Car Insurance Requirements?

Before we delve into Insurance firms in South Africa, let us quickly review Uber car insurance requirements in South Africa, just as a reminder:

The insurance requirements to drive with Uber are:

  • Third party property damage
  • Passenger Liability cover to the value of R5 Million per annum
  • Minimum R50,000 personal accident cover per vehicle passenger

While uploading your Insurance documents:

  • Upload a clear / readable copy of your Vehicle Insurance Policy
  • Vehicle Registration Number has to match the vehicle that is on your Uber account
  • Ensure the policy clearly states the vehicle is insured for a Business Use. Private Use will not be accepted
  • Ensure the policy clearly states the vehicle is comprehensively insured
  • Ensure the Policy Number is clear / readable
  • States Insurance Provider Name

With comprehensive vehicle insurance, there is adequate insurance provision made for drivers for private and commercial purposes. 

 

Review of Insurance Firms in South Africa for Ride sharing

 

Insurance firms exist in huge numbers. However, finding a firm that has taken time to tailor its services to suit the needs of Uber drivers can prove problematic. Hence, Uber has negotiated a good deal with VUM insurance brokers on behalf of Uber partners and drivers where drivers pay for just the kilometres they drive and premium is deducted from the driver’s weekly fares.

VUM Insurance (Vulindlela Underwriting Managers)

Pricing

  • Pricing based on a per km rate.
  • Initial base rate of 23c per kilometre, for vehicle value ranges between R190 000 and R210 000.
  • Where vehicles are not owner operated, a 30% increase will be applied.
  • Base rate is adjusted each month depending on driver behaviour and driver’s uber rating. Rates adjusted to as low as 17c per km for low risk driver-partners.

Cover & Premiums

  • Premium per vehicle for full comprehensive cover, includes passenger liability, personal accident cover (R50 000 per individual), SASRIA and roadside assistance. Premium also includes the cost of the Theft/Hijacking Recovery System, as well as the Telematics Fee.

 

GIB Insurance

Another typically fair Insurance is provided at GIB insurance. The brokers at this firm will provide you with competitive rates that ensure that you have the ‘insured peace’ that you want. Their offer is specifically built for rideshare drivers and this is a major criterion when choosing what insurance firm to use – you need to find a firm that answers your ‘Uber car insurance questions’. You can contact the firm by using the mail: uber@gib.co.za. Alternatively, you could contact the brokers Himal Daya or Rosalee de Buys on 011-483-1212 to get well vetted information on how to solve your insurance related issues.

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber partner in South Africa, it is necessary to know that you will utilize a certain amount of money for fuel and on other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and Uber royalties. If you are looking to do proper due diligence before acquiring a car and want to assess the profitability of Uber as a business whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver), or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then either of our Uber Kits at the top right of the linked page:

We hope this post alleviates your worries about Insurance. If you are outside South Africa, visit the Uber office in your city to discover if good Insurance deals like this exist in your city.

 

 

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Uber in Africa And Entrepreneurship

 

With a population of over 1.1 billion people (about 16% of the World’s population), Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent. The transport system in most African countries is plagued with issues like traffic congestion, rickety/faulty vehicles, and unprofessional taxi and bus drivers to name a few. Operating a transport system that works is a driving force for the Transportation Network Company, Uber. By launching a location based app that connects riders to on-demand drivers, Uber is not only providing seamless transportation to the public but creating opportunities for people to be entrepreneurs and create multiple streams of income.

 

Overview

Buoyed by an aggressive growth strategy, Uber is rapidly gaining large footprints in Africa. Not only offering a technological based alternative to archaic ride hailing; Uber is seeking to bolster Africa’s economic growth. Uber is part of the technology revolution that has transformed urban mobility and is gradually eroding the archaic practice of physically hailing a cab in Africa. Uber in AfricaAfricans now have a new way of getting around, which is facilitated by just navigating through the Uber app

Uber’s march across the African continent continues at a quick pace. Uber has had to adjust its strategy in Africa, as it had to do in growing economies like India, Cape TownLagos and Johannesburg by launching cash payment options for passengers in these cities.

 

Uber’s Impact in Africa

Africa being the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped continent with a continental GDP that accounts for just 2.4% of global GDP, will no doubt have a relatively high unemployment rate.

Using South Africa as a case study, Uber South Africa which launched in 2013 is a subsidiary of Uber Technologies Inc. Uber has empowered drivers, enforced passenger safety and has improved the transport service of South Africa. This in turn transforms the way users think about their transportation options in South Africa. Uber has already created over 2,000 jobs across the country since launching in late 2013.

Uber’s lead generation software facilitates powerful entrepreneurship opportunities every month with Uber empowering hundreds of entrepreneurs to become small business owners in South Africa. This contributes significantly to the 50,000+ global entrepreneurs who are empowered monthly on the Uber platform. Anthony le Roux, General Manager of Uber Cape Town, says, “Uber is using a variety of corporate relationships to ensure that every opportunity and partnership we have developed is available to our partner-drivers. We want to provide them with as many benefits as we can, so they can grow and succeed in their businesses. These opportunities include better financing options, discounts on vehicle ware items and car washes, to name a few.”

Also, in a bid to drive entrepreneurship in AfricaUber and WesBank; a South African-based vehicle finance provider have announced the signing of a vehicle solutions program worth ZAR200million. The Uber Vehicle Solutions Program give Uber driver-partners who may not qualify for traditional credit the opportunity of a full vehicle maintenance lease, facilitated by WesBank, at special rates.

Uber driver-partners and non-partners can rent approved vehicles from HertzPaceEuropcar and Fleet Data Technologies until they have built the earnings and quality record needed to qualify for the full maintenance lease. “This is an amazing chance for driver-partners to start and grow their own small business in partnership with Uber,” Uber South Africa stated in a press release. This method is obviously another measure to boost entrepreneurship in Africa.

 

Another example of Uber’s impact in Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem can be found in Nigeria. Uber launched in Nigeria on July 24th 2014, operating in two of the commercial cities, Lagos and Abuja. Uber has improved entrepreneurship in the country by providing the ride-sharing business for the citizens. Under the management of Ebi Atawodi (Uber’s General Manager), Uber has already captured 30% of the Lagos market. Lagos is significant for Uber because it is the most populous city in Africa with a population of about 21 million peopleUber in Africa

Uber showed Nigerians what a real taxi service should look like – clean, fast and polite. If Uber keeps its fares and commission fair, it is likely to dominate the N28 billion taxi market in Lagos.

Uber currently operates in five countries in Africa. It was launched in the capital of Ghana (was operational 11 June 2016) and Tanzania few months ago. Uber also launched its ride-sharing service in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, according to a statement released on Thursday. Kampala now joins the growing list of Uber’s smart transportation hubs in Africa such as Lagos, Abuja, Johannesburg and Mombasa.

It should be interesting to see what the future has in store for Uber in Africa.

 

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List of Uber Approved Cars in Johannesburg, South Africa (90 Vehicles)

 

 

Are you at the point where you want to buy a car for Uber, but can’t seem to get the list of approved Uber vehicles? In response to numerous requests for the List of Uber cars (UberX, UberVAN and Uber Black) in Johannesburg, South Africa, we put together an unofficial master list  containing 90 Uber approved vehicles in Johannesburg,South Africa.

The list below contains the following – Uber Approved Service, Make, and Model of the Vehicle. For some of the data we marked it as N/A – meaning we could not find it, or it does not exist! Assume all cars listed in the table below, as at the time of this posting to be at most 4 years old (in order to be approved for Uber use)- I.e. For any car on this list to be approved, they need to be a 2012 model or newer.

Note – if a car is approved for Uber Black, it is generally automatically approved to make UberX pickups (if the driver desires). For Uber Johannesburg, South Africa note the key difference(s) between UberX, UberVAN and Uber Black:

 

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UberX in Cape Town (Key Requirements):

Uber Black in Cape Town (Key Requirements):

Uber VAN in Cape Town (Key Requirements):

 

Use the search (in the blog post & right above the table) to search for a car make or model. DO NOT use the search bar at the top right

 


Uber ServiceVehicle MakeVehicle Model
UberXAudiA4
UberXAudiA5
UberBlackAudiA6
UberBlackAudiA8
UberBlackAudiQ5
UberXBMW3-Series
UberBlackBMW5-series
UberBlackBMW6-Series
UberBlackBMW7-series
UberBlackBMWX3
UberBlackBMWX5
UberBlackBMWX6
UberVANCheryTiggo
UberXChevroletSonic
UberXChevroletTrail Blazer
UberXChevroletAveo
UberXChevroletCaptiva
UberXChevroletCruze
UberXChevroletOptra
UberXChevroletOrlando
UberXDaihatsuMateria
UberXDodgeCaliber
UberXFiat500L
UberXFiatDoblo
UberXFordEcosport
UberXFordFiesta
UberXFordFocus
UberXFordIcon
UberXFordTourneo
UberXGreatwallC50
UberXHondaAccord
UberXHondaBallade
UberXHondaBrio
UberXHondaMobilio
UberXhyundaiAccent
UberXhyundaiElantra
UberVANhyundaiH1
UberXhyundaiSonata
UberXhyundaiIX35
UberXInfinitiM
UberXKiaCerato
UberXKiaOptima
UberXKiaRio
UberVANKiaSorento
UberXKiaSportage
UberXLand RoverFreelander
UberBlackLand RoverRange Rover
UberXLexusIS
UberXMGMG 5
UberXMGMG 6
UberXMazdaMAZDA3
UberXMazdaMAZDA5
UberXMercedes-BenzB200
UberXMercedes-BenzC-Class
UberBlackMercedes-BenzE-Class
UberBlackMercedes-BenzML
UberBlackMercedes-BenzS-Class
UberVANMercedes-BenzViano
UberVANMercedes-BenzVito
UberXMitsubishiLancer
UberXNissanAlmera
UberVANNissanLivna
UberVANNissanNV200
UberXNissanSentra
UberXNissanTida
UberVANNissanVivaro
UberXOpelAstra
UberVANOpelVivaro
UberXPeugeot2008
UberVANPeugeotExpert
UberXRenaultDuster
UberVANSsangyongKorando
UberXSuzukiCiaz
UberXSuzukiErtiga
UberXSuzukiKizashi
UberXSuzukiSwift
UberVANToyotaAvanza
UberXToyotaCamry
UberXToyotaCorolla
UberXToyotaEtios
UberVANToyotaInnova
UberXToyotaPrius
UberXToyotaRAV4
UberXToyotaVerso
UberVANVolkswagenCombi
UberXVolkswagenPolo
UberXVolkswagenJetta
UberVANVolkswagenTouareg
UberXVolvoS40
UberXVolvoS60

 

Let us know if any of the information is not correct, or needs to be updated, and we shall update it if you are found to be correct!

 

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For our blog posts on some of Uber’s Services, see the links below:

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Note -For Uber Drivers and Entrepreneurs who have not downloaded our kit(s), we provide a vast amount of professionally vetted information and business analysis that will help you run a successful uber business.

 

Disclaimer-Before purchasing any vehicle, it is paramount that you verify it is approved for the Uber program in your city. We have put a lot of research into this; however you as the business owner are ultimately responsible for the decision you make for your Uber Business.

 

List of Uber Approved Cars in Durban, South Africa

 

 

Are you at the point where you want to buy a car for Uber, but can’t seem to get the list of approved Uber vehicles? In response to numerous requests for the List of Uber cars (UberX) in Durban, South Africa, we put together an unofficial master list containing 49 Uber approved vehicles in Durban,South Africa.

The list below contains the following – Uber Approved Service, Make, and Model of the Vehicle. For some of the data we marked it as N/A – meaning we could not find it, or it does not exist! Assume all cars listed in the table below, as at the time of this posting to be at most 4 years old (in order to be approved for Uber use)- I.e. For any car on this list to be approved, they need to be a 2012 model or newer.

 

Use the search (in the blog post & right above the table) to search for a car make or model. DO NOT use the search bar at the top right

 


Uber ServiceVehicle MakeVehicle Model
UberXAudiA4
UberXAudiA5
UberXAudiQ5
UberXBMW3_Series
UberXBMW4_Series
UberXBMW5_Series
UberXBMWX3
UberXBMWX5
UberXChevroletAveo
UberXChevroletCruze
UberXChevroletOptra
UberXChevroletSonic
UberXDaihatsuTerios
UberXDodgeJourney
UberXFordFucos
UberXFordIcon
UberXHondaBrio
UberXHondaJazz
UberXHondaMobilio
UberXHyundaiAccent
UberXHyundaiSonata
UberXHyundaiILoad
UberXJeepCherokee
UberXJeepCompass
UberXKiaRio
UberXKiaSportage
UberXLexusIS XE20
UberXMazdaMazda5
UberXMercedes-BenzC-Class
UberXMercedes-BenzE-Class
UberXMercedes-BenzML350
UberXMitsubishiLancer
UberXNissanAlmera
UberXNissanLivna
UberXNissanNV200
UberXNissanTIDA
UberXPorscheCayenne
UberXProtonSaga
UberXSuzukiErtiga
UberXSuzukiSwift
UberXToyotaAvanza
UberXToyotaCorolla
UberXToyotaEtios
UberXToyotaFortuner
UberXToyotaRAV4
UberXVolkswagenCaddy
UberXVolkswagenJetta
UberXVolkswagenPolo
UberXVolvoS60

 

Let us know if any of the information is not correct, or needs to be updated, and we shall update it if you are found to be correct!

 

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Other Links:

For our blog posts on some of Uber’s Services, see the links below:

For other popular posts you might be interested in, check the links below:

 

Note -For Uber Drivers and Entrepreneurs who have not downloaded our kit(s), we provide a vast amount of professionally vetted information and business analysis that will help you run a successful uber business.

 

Disclaimer-Before purchasing any vehicle, it is paramount that you verify it is approved for the Uber program in your city. We have put a lot of research into this; however you as the business owner are ultimately responsible for the decision you make for your Uber Business.

 

List of Uber Approved Cars in Cape Town, South Africa (152 Vehicles)

 

 

Are you at the point where you want to buy a car for Uber, but can’t seem to get the list of approved Uber vehicles? In response to numerous requests for the List of Uber cars (UberX and Uber Black) in Cape Town, South Africa, we put together an unofficial master list containing 152 Uber approved vehicles in Cape Town,South Africa.

The list below contains the following – Uber Approved Service, Make, and Model of the Vehicle. For some of the data we marked it as N/A – meaning we could not find it, or it does not exist! Assume all cars listed in the table below, as at the time of this posting to be at most 4 years old (in order to be approved for Uber use)- I.e. For any car on this list to be approved, they need to be a 2012 model or newer.

Note – if a car is approved for Uber Black, it is generally automatically approved to make UberX pickups (if the driver desires). For Uber Cape Town, South Africa note the key difference(s) between UberX and Uber Black at the blog posts below.

Become an Uber Driver

UberX in Cape Town (Key Requirements):

Uber Black in Cape Town (Key Requirements):

 

Use the search (in the blog post & right above the table) to search for a car make or model. DO NOT use the search bar at the top right

 


Uber ServiceVehicle MakeVehicle Model
uberXAudiA3
uberXAudiA4
UberBLACKAudiA6
UberBLACKAudiA8
uberXBMW1-Series
uberXBMW3-Series
UberBLACKBMW5-series
UberBLACKBMW7-series
uberXChevroletAveo Sedan
uberXChevroletCruze
uberXChevroletOptra
uberXChevroletOrlando
uberXChevroletSonic
uberXChevroletTrailblazer
uberXChryslerVoyager
uberXDaihatsuMateria
uberXDaihatsuTerios
uberXDodgeJourney
uberXFiatScudo
uberXFordFocus
uberXFordIcon
uberXFordKuga
uberXGreatwallCool Bear
uberXHondaAccord
uberXHondaBallade
uberXHondaBrio Amaze Sedan
uberXHondaCR-V
uberXHondaCivic
uberXHondaFR-V
uberXHondaJazz
uberXHondaMobilio
uberXHyundaiMateria
uberXHyundaiTerios
UberBLACKJaguarXF
uberXJeepCherokee
uberXJeepCompass
uberXJeepGrand Cherokee
uberXJeepPatriot
uberXJeepWrangler
uberXKiaCarens
uberXKiaCarnival
uberXKiaCerato
uberXKiaOptima
uberXKiaRio
uberXKiaRondo
uberXKiaSorento
uberXKiaSoul
uberXKiaSportage
uberXLand RoverDiscovery
UberBLACKLand RoverRange Rover Sport
uberXLexusES
UberBLACKLexusGS
uberXLexusIS
UberBLACKLexusLS
UberBLACKLexusRX
uberXMG6
uberXMazdaAtenza
uberXMazdaCX-5
uberXMazdaCX-7
uberXMazdaMAZDA3
uberXMazdaMAZDA5
uberXMazdaMAZDA6
uberXMazdaMAZDA8
uberXMazdaRX-8
uberXMercedes-BenzA-Class
uberXMercedes-BenzB-Class
UberBLACKMercedes-BenzE-Class
UberBLACKMercedes-BenzGl-Class
UberBLACKMercedes-BenzM-Class
UberBLACKMercedes-BenzR-Class
uberXMitsubishiLancer
uberXNissanAlmera
uberXNissanAltima
uberXNissanBluebird
uberXNissanCaravan
uberXNissanCube
uberXNissanDualis
uberXNissanEl Grande
uberXNissanEvalia
uberXNissanExpert
uberXNissanFuga
uberXNissanJuke
uberXNissanLafesta
uberXNissanMicra
uberXNissanMurano
uberXNissanNote
uberXNissanPathfinder
uberXNissanPressage
uberXOpelVivaro
uberXOpelZafira
uberXPeugeot407
uberXRenaultMegane
uberXSubaruExiga
uberXSubaruForester
uberXSubaruImprezz
uberXSubaruLiberty
uberXSubaruOutback
uberXSubaruXV
uberXSuzukiAerio
uberXSuzukiAlto
uberXSuzukiGrand Vitara
uberXSuzukiKizashi
uberXSuzukiSX4
uberXSuzukiSwift
uberXSuzukiVitara
uberXToyotaAlphard
uberXToyotaCamry
uberXToyotaCorolla
uberXToyotaCrown
uberXToyotaFj Cruiser
uberXToyotaGT86
uberXToyotaHighlander
uberXToyotaPrado
uberXToyotaPrevia
uberXToyotaPrius
uberXToyotaRAV4
uberXToyotaReiz
uberXToyotaSienna
uberXToyotaVerson
uberXToyotaVios
uberXToyotaWish
uberXToyotaYaris
uberXToyotaGT86
uberXToyotaHighlander
uberXToyotaPrado
uberXToyotaPrevia
uberXToyotaPrius
uberXToyotaRAV4
uberXToyotaReiz
uberXToyotaSienna
uberXToyotaVerson
uberXToyotaVios
uberXVolkswagenBeetle
uberXVolkswagenBora
uberXVolkswagenCC
uberXVolkswagenGolf
uberXVolkswagenGran Lavida
uberXVolkswagenLavida
uberXVolkswagenMagotan
uberXVolkswagenMultivan
uberXVolkswagenPassat
uberXVolkswagenPhaeton
uberXVolkswagenPolo
uberXVolkswagenR36
uberXVolkswagenSagitar
uberXVolkswagenSantana
uberXVolkswagenScirocco
uberXVolkswagenSharan
uberXVolkswagenTiguan
uberXVolkswagenTouareg
uberXVolvoS40
uberXVolvoS60

 

Let us know if any of the information is not correct, or needs to be updated, and we shall update it if you are found to be correct!

 

Other Links:

For our blog posts on some of Uber’s Services, see the links below:

For other popular posts you might be interested in, check the links below:

 

Note -For Uber Drivers and Entrepreneurs who have not downloaded our kit(s), we provide a vast amount of professionally vetted information and business analysis that will help you run a successful uber business.

 

Disclaimer-Before purchasing any vehicle, it is paramount that you verify it is approved for the Uber program in your city. We have put a lot of research into this; however you as the business owner are ultimately responsible for the decision you make for your Uber Business.

 

How to Become an Uber Driver in South Africa

 

 

South African People

With the growing popularity of Uber services, there are now a number of guidebooks, articles and other resources which tell you exactly how you can become an Uber driver or Uber Owner/Entrepreneur. Unfortunately, most of these resources are geared towards the U.S alone, which is troublesome for those that wish to become Uber drivers in South Africa.

If you are considering Uber in any city (in South Africa) where Uber is available, then this blog post is for you- i.e.: CAPE TOWN, DURBAN, and JOHANNESBURG. Fortunately, it isn’t as complicated a process as you would think. Let’s go over the steps you will need to take to successfully become an Uber driver in South Africa.

 

STEP 1 – Get your Documents Ready

First of all, you will need to prepare a few documents that are essential for you to have before you become an Uber driver. These documents include:

  • A Professional Driver’s Permit (PDP), for the city in question
    • Must be a professional drivers permit
    • Must be a local PDP, no foreign PDPs allowed.
    • Ensure the expiry date is clearly visible in the scanned copy
    • Note –not required if you plan to hire a driver to drive for you
  • Operator Card
    • The Operator card is got from the licensing department (Double Disc)
    • Note –not required if you plan to hire a driver to drive for you
  • Receipt of Application for Operating License (Business Plan Application)
    • This is obtained from the DOT (Department of Transportation)
    • Note –not required if you plan to drive/work for someone else.
  • Commercial Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
    • You (driver) must be the holder, or at least a listed driver
    • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
    • Must clearly show a valid expiration date
    • Must show the type of insurance which should be commercial, commercial, with third party liability of 5 million Rand per year.
  • Vehicle Certificate of Registration (if you already have a car you intend to use)
    • This is used by Uber to verify the registration year of your vehicle

 

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STEP 2 – Signup Online

Once you have all of these documents, the next step is to sign up through the Uber website – using our link: www.uberkit.net/signup. (You get a signup bonus if you use our link, which has our signup referral code already pre-populated). Note – the links redirect to the correct Uber URL.

 

STEP 3 – Wait for Uber Background Checks

Note-if you will not be driving the Uber vehicle, ignore this section and skip to STEP-4

Uber will typically take between 6 to 8 weeks to perform their background checks (using the AFIS security database). Specifically they will take the documents provided in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Comprehensive Criminal Background Check

Note – as part of the qualification requirements for Uber in South Africa, you need to be medically fit, and also never had your driver’s license revoked at any point in time.

 

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STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Car

Note-if you are a driver looking to work for an existing Uber partner, ignore this section and skip to STEP-5

As for the vehicle to use, you need to make sure it fits the car requirements specifically for Uber drivers in South Africa (or your specific city). Note – Uber has various services, so you should know which service you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information on that. Some of these requirements include the fact that the car should be no older than 4 years (A model 2012 or later). The car should also have no major cosmetic damage.

Salvaged or rebuilt vehicles cannot be used, and full-size vans or marked vehicles such as taxis are a no-no, too. Also, note, whatever vehicle you get it will have to go through an Uber approved Vehicle inspection.

 

Uber Interview

STEP 5 –Interview

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will be able to go in to the Uber office for an interview, for which you should make sure you have sufficient street and route knowledge regarding your area/city. You should be dressed professionally for this interview.

If you pass the interview, you will be invited for a training session at a specific date, after which your vehicle’s documents will be checked, and you will officially become an Uber driver and/or Uber partner.

You will also receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to allow you to get clients. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, it is perfectly fine to return the cell phone.

 

What to do if your vehicle does not fit Uber requirements

Keep in mind, there is no need to give up, if your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle—in fact, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers.

However, I would recommend not going overboard when you are purchasing a new car to be used as an Uber vehicle. It is a good idea to select an average but sturdy car that is not a particularly new or fancy model but fits Uber’s car requirements. Note – See the “Nice to Know” section for due diligence you should probably do, before buying a car specifically for Uber.

 

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Selecting an Uber Service

Another thing to keep in mind when you are selecting a car is which category of Uber you wish to work under.

UberX is the mid-tier cost Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with.

However, if you want to go for one of the other categories which typically higher fares but fewer customers, then you can also go for UberBLACK or UberVAN. Just keep in mind that these services require more expensive cars/vehicles and are not as frequently used by the public.

  • UberX in South Africa: The requirements for UberX in South Africa are that you should have a car that is a model from 2006 or newer, has a minimum width of 1700mm and is an Uber approved UberX car (for example the Toyota Corolla/Quest, Hyundai Accent/Elantra, etc.)
  • Uber Black in South Africa: The requirements for Uber Black in South Africa are that you should have a car that is a model from 2012 or newer, has a minimum width of 1700mm and is an Uber approved Uber Black car (for example  one of the higher end Audi, Mercedes Sedan or BMWs)

  • UberVan in South Africa: The requirements for UberVan in South Africa are that you should have a car that is a model from 2006 or newer. This vehicle needs to seat 7 or more people and also has to be an Uber approved vehicle (for example The Mercedes Vito)

If your car happens to qualify for more than one type of Uber service, then it is possible that you get requests from several categories, but you can choose to restrict yourself to one category if that is what you want. Personally, I believe that it would be best to accept all the requests, in this case, as it will earn you a higher income.

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber partner in South Africa, it is necessary to be aware of the fact that you will be forking over a certain amount of money to pay for fuel.

In addition to the afore-mentioned you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and uber royalties. If you are looking to do proper due diligence before acquiring a car and want to assess the profitability of Uber as a business whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver), or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then either of our Uber Kits at the top right of the linked page:

That sums up everything you need to know to start your uber business in South Africa. While there are a few steps you will need to take before you get started, it isn’t as difficult of a process as you might think.

 

 

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