The property listing and rental startup, Ekaya, has announced it is expanding its coverage to Gauteng province, South Africa, reports Disrupt Africa.

The expansion will allow potential tenants find and connect property owners in Gauteng.

The startup also announced that Amazon’s ex-boss, Bill Paladino, has invested in the company and will function in an advisory capacity with the startup. Bill looks to contribute towards Ekaya’s expansion and operations.

“Johannesburg is a huge market, and one that has been practically bashing down our door for access to Ekaya since shortly after we launched. I’m pumped to be bringing our offering to the City of Gold, at last,” said Ruark Ferreira, Ekaya chief operations officer (COO).

Justin Melville, CEO Ekaya also noted in the report that 30 per cent of its traffic was generated from clients in Gauteng even though the startup had not began operation there.

Ekaya has also launched a new service, Ekaya VIP, a new technology designed to allow clients collect and submit all the necessary information needed to apply for a rental property with ZAR99 (US$8) as charges. It in turn stores the information on Ekaya’s database so clients can share their information with more than one property owner without hassle. Ekaya VIP will support Absa, First national bank, Standard bank and Nedbank, and hopes to add more banks soon.

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