Uber has created 2000 jobs in South Africa since launching in August 2013 and forecasts that it’ll create an additional 15 000 jobs in the next two years.
Last month, the City of Cape Town authorities impounded over 60 partner vehicles due to not having the correct operating licences. Working out which category the Uber product fits into is a major challenge.
An operating license is required under national law. In Cape Town, after several months of discussion with Uber, officials decided late last year on a metered-taxi license.
Drivers have since had trouble obtaining that license because of requirements to submit a business case. There are also a host of other issues.
Listen to the audio for more detail, including a discussion with Uber Cape Town GM Anthony le Roux and City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member Brett Herron.