UBER,one of the world’s leading internet-based ride-sharing services recently announced that it will be introducing a cash payments alternative for its South African service before the end of this month.
According to a report from Fin24, this is actually a just pilot project for the country which is expected to be carried out with half of Uber drivers in South Africa and it will be launched simultaneously across five cities.
Uber is probably trying to determine how much of a barrier credit card payments have been in the uptake of the service in the country.
Though South Africa will become the first country to have that many cities offering the option to pay for a ride using cash, it comes after the alternative has been tried in at least 7 other markets that include India, Singapore, Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt.
Ordinarily Uber payments are made via credit card so the alternative for cash payments has generated a lot of interest around the need for service iteration to suit market conditions. – TechZim