After years of battling with Uber and Bolt, South Africa's Taxi Council (SANTACO) has partnered with local ride-hailing services Teksi Ride, Shuma, and Yo!Taxi to offer ride-hailing services through its members, including metered taxis and minibuses. Drivers on other platforms can also join after registering with SANTACO. SANTACO emphasizes safety measures such as driver and passenger vetting, a panic button, and a 24-hour call center, addressing concerns about safety in the ride-hailing industry. Additionally, SANTACO offers membership amenities like car insurance and healthcare to its drivers, setting it apart from competitors.
This move by SANTACO presents an intriguing challenge to international ride-hailing platforms operating in South Africa, potentially reshaping the competitive landscape in the country. However, questions about how the association will navigate competition and its own past controversies linger as it enters the ride-hailing market. 🇿🇦🚗💼 #RideHailing #SouthAfrica #Competition
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