Uber SA slashes prices by 20% in Gauteng
About 200 drivers of the cab hailing service are currently on strike, protesting against the price changes.
JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Uber South Africa says it's cutting its prices in Gauteng by up to 20 percent, which it says aims to ultimately benefit drivers.
About 200 drivers of the cab hailing service are currently on strike, protesting against these changes.
The cut comes amid a massive fuel price increase in a tough economic climate.
Uber's Alon Lits says these reductions will in fact increase efficiency and make a positive difference in the drivers' pockets.
"The more that people use Uber, the greater the spike in demand, which we're expecting and the longer this will stay in place. At the moment we think that this really will work and we think that these will be the new price points across all cities."
Meanwhile in Cape Town, drivers fear the company's fare changes from R7,00 per kilometre to R6,00 per kilometre will affect their income and put them in direct competition with mini bus taxis and metered cabs.
One Uber driver has said they would shut down the service.
"I'm working for nothing and they don't care. We spoke to a lady at the office who said, 'If you can't take it then you must park your car.' That automatically means they don't care whether my stomach is empty or whether I have children to feed. All they care about is the money going into their pockets."
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