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Didi, an Uber rival, starts operating in Johannesburg and Pretoria


Didi, a Chinese mobility platform, has announced that it would start on August 23 in three cities in Gauteng: Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and Pretoria.

Following a successful pilot in Gqeberha that began on March 1, 2021, the service was launched in Cape Town in March/April.

Didi’s head of PR and communications for Sub-Saharan Africa, Carina Smith-Allin, stated that Didi was introduced in South Africa to give a vital, high-quality mobility option to both passengers and driver-partners.”

Didi’s platform offers revenue options for drivers, which is not only much needed but also useful in South Africa, where unemployment levels and safety are big concerns.

Didi, according to Smith-Allin, prioritizes low fares, rapid and dependable service, and security.

The option for drivers to employ geofencing to opt-out of servicing hazardous locations is one of Didi’s safety features.

During travels, the platform’s recording monitor looks for any odd behaviour, such as route changes or accidents.

Didi takes pride in its cutting-edge safety measures for customers and driving contractors, most of which are firsts in South Africa.

Facial detection for drivers, SOS buttons for riders and drivers connected to local police, 24/7 assistance via a dedicated safety hotline, preview data for riders and drivers, and driver safety training are among the features available.