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Uber celebrates 4 years of operating in Africa

In a statement released on Tuesday, the service says it is proud of what it has achieved in such a short space of time.

Picture: @Uber_RSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – It’s been four years since Uber began operating on the African continent.

The e-hailing service was launched in Johannesburg in September 2013 and has since amassed at least 1.8 million active riders.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the service says it is proud of what it has achieved in such a short space of time.

Uber says its driver-partner work model has helped create jobs in a stagnant economy.

“Uber’s business partnership approach provides an accessible means for entrepreneurs to not only supplement their own income but also to become small business owners, thereby helping to improve the lives and futures of individuals, families and communities.

“Sub-Saharan Africa has certainly benefitted from Uber’s arrival. Citizens have a new, reliable way to get around, entrepreneurs have found a new way to earn an income and cities have also benefitted - with possibly less cars on the road and therefore less carbon emissions.”

See some fast facts on Uber in Africa below