SweepSouth launches app and expands service to Durban

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On-demand cleaning service, SweepSouth has just recently launched an app for both iOS and Android that will allow users to book a cleaner where ever they are.

Launched in 2014, SweepSouth matches cleaners with customers using a centralised platform. The idea harks of Uber but then that can be – and is – said for anything that uses the internet to pair service providers with customers.

Speaking about the startup’s inception, chief executive officer Aisha Pandor said, “We saw an opportunity to disrupt and modernise an inefficient and outdated industry.”

SweepSouth Founders Alen Ribic (left) and Aisha Pandor (right)
SweepSouth founders Alen Ribic (left) and Aisha Pandor (right)

At present SweepSouth’s services are only available in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria but that reach will extend to Durban later this month says the firm.

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The SweepSouth app uses GPS to find your location. An algorithm then matches the user with an available cleaner (or SweepStar as they’re known) and the address gleaned from the GPS tracking functionality is sent to the cleaner when you book an appointment. This makes navigation that much easier

“We provide customers with a photo of the person assigned to their job and a little information on her background, interests and family. Inviting someone into your home requires trust, so when connecting customers to a stranger, we think it’s important that they are introduced,” Pandor said in a statement.

Customers will also be sent real-time information about the cleaner such as when they are en-route, when they arrive and when the cleaner has completed the job. Once the job is complete a cash-less payment can be made through the app and both the cleaner and customer can rate the job.

The app is available for free on iOS (33.3MB) and Android (14MB) now and chief technology officer Alen Ribic says that the app will improve as technology improves. “As geolocation tracking and travel time estimates become more accurate and incorporative of transport delays, the app will become more and more powerful,” says Ribic.

[Source – SweepSouth] [Image – CC BY 2.0 Dong Jun]

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.