The online cab services already offers its services in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, Fin24 reports, it however hopes to move into Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein South Africa in the coming months, Alon Lits, Uber head of sub-Saharan Africa said.

“We do remain focused on our core market. That being said, as a company we say internally that we want to be in every city globally with a population of more than 200 000 people,” Alon said.

A census data from 2011, according to Fin24, revealed that cities like Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City metropolitan areas each have above 500, 000 and 1,000,000 inhabitants respectively.

Uber, will also surely be looking to expand to these places along with the vision of the company, Alon explained.

Uber cab services gained prominence when it formally launched in the U.S state of San Francisco, California in March 2009. Since then it has expanded to several countries around the world including Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

There’s also talks that Uber is planning a partnership deal with Korean automakers, Kia, to make vehicles more available to partner-drivers in Nigeria.

Part of the partnership deal with KIA motors Nigeria entails that interested Uber investors, who don’t want to make outright purchase of the KIA vehicles, may subscribe to a financial scheme provided by Access bank, Nigeria.

Access bank will make a 10% equity contribution while the investor will spread the balance, for the cost of the car, over installments of 48 months .


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Olumuyiwa Coker | Author

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