26 May

Bolt eyes Africa, Europe expansion with R1.9bn funding

The ride-hailing firm looks to scale its food delivery, taxi-hailing and micro-mobility arms after securing funding from Naya Capital.


Jobs bloodbath, income loss for SA gig workers

The majority of SA’s gig workers lost their jobs entirely during lockdown, while those able to work have on average lost four-fifths of their income.


WeWork lays off staff, restructures amid COVID-19 setback

Abandoned by its funder and tenants, the shared office space firm introduces a restructuring process, with plans to cut jobs.

7 May

Digital economy firms Uber, Airbnb, Lyft cut thousands of jobs

Uber confirms its global total of 3 700 job cuts will affect SA, while Airbnb plans to axe 1 900 employees, as COVID-19 causes an economic bloodbath.


The ‘Uber for bakkies’ debuts Droppa Express

The e-hailing platform enhances its service offering to include express delivery of essential items within a 25km radius in 24 hours.

Apr 30, 2020

Uber supports domestic violence survivors during lockdown

With many shelters seeking assistance during the lockdown period, the ride-hailing company pledges 50 000 free rides and meals.

Apr 29, 2020

Disgruntled ride-hailing drivers lobby govt on COVID-19 relief fund

Ride-hailing operators and drivers fear their vehicles will be repossessed if government doesn’t provide financial support during the lockdown.

Apr 22, 2020

Uber enables on-demand last-mile deliveries for SA businesses

The e-hailing company introduces Uber Direct, an on-demand and scheduled last-mile delivery solution for South African organisations.

Apr 3, 2020

Truck hire app Droppa sees surge in sanitiser transportation

The “Uber for trucks and bakkies” platform witnesses an uptick in essential goods transported across the country.

Mar 26, 2020

E-taxi services to transport only essential workers during lockdown

While e-hailing services will not be allowed to operate normally for the duration of the 21-day lockdown, they will be permitted to ferry essential services staff.

Mar 19, 2020

Digital economy companies take a punch as COVID-19 spreads

Analysts weigh in on the impact of coronavirus on digital economy firms, stressing the need for aggressive awareness and communication to sustain the businesses.

Mar 13, 2020

Uber’s lost and found index reveals startling insights

According to the index, the most forgetful days for Uber riders are Saturdays and Sundays, and late at night – between 11pm and 1am.

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