No le taxi or mathatu for you: Uber is heading to Africa

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Look out local taxi firms and apps, it looks like popular US car hire app Uber is on its way to Africa. The firm has just added a few more locations to its job vacancy page including open spots for staff in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi.

Uber is – inevitably – a smart phone app which allows you to call for a private limo driver in your area just by tapping a few details into your screen. You get a luxury car at your door for about the same price as a regular cab. That obviously puts it in direct competition with registered taxi services Stateside – many of whom also have apps. As a result, it’s found itself in several legal wranglings in the past.

But it is very popular, and if it sets up here will pretty much go head to head with homegrown services like Zapacab.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.