South Africa: Drivers from Uber and Taxify on Monday delivered a memorandum to their respective companies to demand they help ease the burden of rising fuel prices by either charging riders more, or taking a smaller percentage of total earnings.
The driver-partners took to the streets of Johannesburg in protest and barricaded roads near Zoo Lake leading in and out of the city, before moving onto the Uber offices in Bryanston.
Strikes are expected to continue today, although when ITWeb checked the app there were Ubers available and prices did not appear to be surging.
Both companies have confirmed they are aware of the demands made by drivers that make use of their platforms.
Gareth Taylor, Taxify South Africa country manager, says: “The South African petrol price has increased by more than 13% since January. These increases have had a detrimental impact on the businesses and earnings of drivers using the Taxify platform.
“Having engaged with Taxify driver-partners, and wanting to address their valid concerns, Taxify is responding to the impact the petrol price hike has had on them by adjusting some of the rates it charges riders who use the Taxify platform.”