It’s been five years since Uber began operating on the African continent.

The e-hailing service was launched in Johannesburg in September 2013 and has since amassed 1.3M riders across Sub-Saharan African.

In a statement released on Monday, 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.

“In the short time, we have been in Africa, we’ve enabled over 36 000 economic opportunities!”

“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 fewer cars on the road and therefore fewer carbon emissions.”


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