Uber has started to test its technology in Port Elizabeth.
Alon Lits GM: sub-Saharan Africa at Uber, says: “After month’s worth of speculation, we are so excited to be launching in Port Elizabeth with our uberX product. This new service means that you can now enjoy a seamless, efficient ride at an extremely affordable price. The introduction of our service will change the way residents of PE go about their daily lives.”
Port Elizabeth is the ninth city in Africa to launch after Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Lagos, Cairo, Nairobi and Casablanca. Port Elizabeth was chosen as the next city for Uber to launch due to its population size (1,1-million) and because people in PE are willing to embrace innovation and technology and in particular love products that are cool, exclusive and offer a new experience, and Uber is doing just that. There has been 10 000 sign-ups to the platform already.
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Mandlakazi Skefile, comments: “We are so excited to welcome Uber to Nelson Mandela Bay, who will provide convenient transport solutions to both locals and visitors. Not only will the service make the destination more attractive and accessible to visitors but has the potential to increase employment opportunities adding to economic growth for our destination.”