Following its recent investment round of $175 million, ride hailing service, Taxify has expanded its operations in the cities of Polokwane in Limpopo, and East London in the Eastern Cape.
Began in operations in Johannesburg in 2016, Taxify now operates in eight South African cities including Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth.
The company said its ride-hailing platform has started operation in Polokwane, while operations in East London will commence later this month.
Taxify now operates in more cities across South Africa than any other country, employing over 80 permanent staff in South Africa.
“Demand for ride hailing services is growing across South Africa as public transport is increasingly unreliable and the costs of car ownership soar,” said Gareth Taylor, Taxify’s country manager for South Africa.
“Ride hailing services like Taxify make it possible for more people to enjoy the convenience and safety of getting from one place to another, without the costs of car ownership or the inconvenience of public transport,” he stressed.
Taxify has facilitated entrepreneurship opportunities for South Africans who would otherwise have been included in the country’s unemployment statistics, with thousands of drivers now using the Taxify platform to start their own businesses, earn income and support their families on a flexible schedule.
“Taxify is committed to the South African market, and we intend to grow our footprint to more towns and cities across the country, making it possible for more people to benefit from ride-hailing services, whether they are riders seeking cost-effective convenience, or drivers seeking business opportunities,” Taylor concluded.
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