Howzit Jozi? Secret AFRICAN Ubers have arrived!
Earlier this morning, secret Ubers were spotted across Johannesburg, marking Uber’s entry to our first African city and our fifth continent!
It all started when South African football legend and African Cup of Nations winner Mark Fish opened his iPhone in Sandton and requested a ride. Minutes later, he was picked up by his chauffeur Paul and whisked away to a meeting.
Johannesburg has long been known as Africa’s capital city – it’s economic heartbeat, cultural soul and a draw to dreamers from across the continent. And no matter what you call the city – Jozi, Jo’burg, eGoli – it’s no secret that getting around is not always pleasant; traffic on the M1 can be crushing and drivers are notoriously loose with speed limits.
That’s part of the reason we can’t be more thrilled to be here; so that Jo’burg residents and visitors have a safe, reliable transportation option where they can travel in comfort and style. No more waiting after a night out for a safe ride home, and no more trusting your car’s security with parking attendants on side streets.
Please keep in mind that during Uber’s “secret testing phase”, availability may be limited as we perfect the experience. We’re working hard to make additional Ubers available every day.
As we build our own team in Johannesburg, we’re also looking to hire a rockstar Community Manager – someone to lead marketing and be the face of Uber in Jozi. Know anyone brilliant? Let us know and we’ll make it rain Uber credits your way.
We have developed a new pilot program – Xchange Leasing – which is a leasing option administered by an Uber subsidiary and designed to fit with the flexibility that drivers value most. The Xchange lease is one of a kind, and offers value that traditional auto leases do not provide. Unlike most multi-year leases that have high fees for early termination, drivers who participate in Xchange for at least 30 days will be able to return the car with only two weeks notice, and limited additional costs. The program allows for unlimited mileage and the option to lease a used car, with routine maintenance also included.
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