Every major city of the world has a high demand for a transport system that is quick and convenient to carry out day-to-day activities, be it business or pleasure.

South Africa, the most populous black nation on earth is no exception in the need for a fast and convenient transport system, especially in major cities like Durban, the industrial hub of South Africa.

This is where Uber and Taxify come in.

It is necessary to note the slight differences between Uber and Taxify even though they serve the same purpose.

Uber, charged with the responsibility of offering services like taxi cab hailing, food delivery, bicycle-sharing system, and peer-to-peer ridesharing, is a transportation network company (TNC) with it headquarter in San Francisco, California, United States of America.

Taxify, on the other hand, is an international transport network company that creates a platform for people to request a taxi or private driver from their smartphone with the aid of the Taxify mobile application developed by the company headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. Both transport companies serve the same purpose but cannot be exchanged.

Prior to the advent of Uber and Taxify in South Africa, public transportation with people hailing at the taxi and hopping into buses, was the order of the day. The need for a comfortable transport system was imminent. Uber’s arrival in the year 2014 proved to be great easy due to its quick and convenient nature.

However, competition improves customer satisfaction, as needed. The arrival of Taxify by November 2016 served as the perfect competition for Uber.

How to Start Profitable Uber and Taxify Business in South Africa

Taxify Vs Uber in South Africa

While Uber was restricted in its area of operation with upmarket Durban Island areas of Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki, and closer mainland areas like Yaba as some of its focal point, Taxify had wider coverage.

Uber and Taxify have, without doubt, improved the transport system for cities like Durban and Johannesburg. No doubt other cities will be covered with time.

How to Make Money from Uber and Taxify in South Africa

Earning through the Uber and Taxify platforms is the focal point of this article. Despite the fact that these transportation network companies are foreign-owned, citizens here earn from it because the manpower required are locals with great knowledge of coverage areas.

Working as an Uber or Taxify driver could be a great source of wealth for individuals. It also reduces the rate of unemployment in a country like South Africa where jobs are quite hard to come by.

It is also needful to note that there are other ways of earning from Uber and Taxify other than being a driver. Someone with a huge capital can purchase cars and register them under the transport company and get drivers, with all parties getting a certain percentage from the target reached.

Starting Uber and Taxify Business in South Africa

Earning from Uber and Taxify is possible with self-evaluation, meeting requirements, a good work system, and meeting customer satisfaction. These factors are explained below.


A thorough self-evaluation is important in joining the Uber trend because not all individuals have the capacity to do this business. If you want to work as an Uber or Toxify driver, evaluate yourself and be certain that you can cope with customer troubles, the stress of driving people through traffic on a daily basis, and the risk of working late at night. Despite the training that a driver must undergo before starting, the role of personality assessment cannot be underestimated.

Meeting Requirements

It is necessary to point out the requirements for becoming an Uber or Toxify driver in South Africa. These requirements include valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, driving experience, vehicle requirements, clean criminal record, and an age requirement of 21 and above. You are sure to hit the road as an Uber or Toxify driver if you meet these requirements.

Vehicles for Uber must be in good condition with a working radio, air conditioner, and four doors. The aim of a vehicle with the good working conditions is to ensure safety and also meet the mission of a convenient transport system for customers.

Work System

As stated earlier, passengers can place an order for a driver to come to pick them up at home to their desired destinations through the use of the Toxify mobile app on their smartphone. The fees can be calculated by a per-minute drive, per kilometer, or it could be fixed. With this, the Uber driver gets his pay. Due to the pay system, Uber or Toxify drivers tend to set targets for themselves daily or weekly, which means more pay.

Uber or toxify does not own these cars and due to this, one is free to decide the convenient time for work. Uber takes a 20% commission and credits the driver’s account weekly or monthly. This means more work, more pay for drivers and the company, too. One might argue the fact that drivers make a lot of money through Uber or Toxify, but it’s baseless.

The idea of focusing Uber and Toxify in industrial or major cities lies in the fact that on a daily basis, businessmen and women with less knowledge of these cities need a transport system that would enable them to work fast and not face the stress of trying to locate addresses for business transactions. No wonder airports are full of Uber and Toxify drivers to carry customers about the new city.

Not to forget is the fact that cars used for Uber and Toxify are in excellent working condition, so it gives the customer this sense of being driven in their own personal cars. It would not be out of place to say that this is why people ask for more Uber and Toxify services.

Customer Satisfaction

This point is very crucial for any Uber or Toxify driver as avenues are created for customers to rate the services of the driver. With this, the drivers work extremely hard to satisfy customers because a good rating from customers means an increase in pay for them and they are sure to retain their jobs.

Also, customers rate the services of these transport companies because it makes it easy for the companies to find out if vehicles used for their operations are good for customers and avoid poor services so that they don’t fail market demands.

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