Uber to launch food delivery services in South Africa

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It’s well known for convenient public transport across the world, but now Uber Technologies is looking to expand its business by jumping into food delivery services.

Uber said on Wednesday that it would begin UberEats food delivery service in South Africa on Thursday before expanding to the rest of the continent.

The company will begin the new operations in the northern surburbs of Johannesburg before spreading to the rest of the country.

Uber Operations and Logistics Manager Dave Kitley told reporters the company would move into Gauteng province and to Cape Town in 2017 after Thursday’s launch in Johannesburg.

Uber launched its taxi services in South Africa in 2013, and has since grown to over 4,000 drivers in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Kitley said Uber would look to expand UberEats into Africa “as quickly as we can, but right now no imminent plans for that”.

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