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Uber announces plan to expand in SA

Uber's general manager Alon Lits says they expect a positive reception.

An Uber taxi. Picture: Uber.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Uber has announced plans to expand out of Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban into smaller South African cities.

The online ride-hailing service launched in 2013 but is not yet available in cities such as Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

Since its arrival Uber's popularity has been overshadowed by tensions in the cab industry both in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

There have been several incidents of driver intimidation by metered taxi drivers who are angry about having to share the same routes in Sandton and other major areas.

But Uber's general manager Alon Lits says they expect a positive reception.

"We've experienced an overwhelming response from riders and drivers in all the cities we operate in and we expect a similar reception if we were to expand across the country."

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