Uber has launched Driver Care in South Africa – a private healthcare platform that cares for driver-partners and their families. The package comes along with; consultations from a general practitioner, daily drug prescriptions, eye care benefits and free access to emergency private services for traumatic events.
The driver care service is however voluntary for driver partners at a $15 purchase fee. Additional healthcare services for dependent adults and children under 21 years of age will attract additional charges. A literacy program that will be anchored by experienced consultants will educate driver-partners on the importance of a healthy lifestyle while driving. The sessions will be held at all Uber Greenlight Hubs located in all cities that Uber operates across SA.
Uber’s Head for Business and Driver Partnerships, Ro’i Ehrlich said, “We are working hard every day to find innovative solutions to make a difference in the lives of driver-partners. Partnerships such as these will ensure that they have access to affordable private healthcare services, as their health is a priority while they continue to grow their businesses.”
Uber recently announced a $3.1 billion cash and share deal to acquire their Dubai-based competitor, Careem Networks this week. Uber will pay $1.4 billion in cash and $.7 billion in convertible notes for Careem. The notes will be converted into Uber shares at $55 per share. Uber’s acquisition of Careem would come before its initial public offering, as they have made moves to list on New York Stock Exchange which could be one of the biggest-ever listings. The listing could value the company at as much as $120 billion.
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