Uber Eats is back, delivering essentials nationwide during the national lockdown

Uber eats to deliver during lockdown (PHOTO: Kim Kyung Hoon/Gallo Images)
Uber eats to deliver during lockdown (PHOTO: Kim Kyung Hoon/Gallo Images)
Kim Kyung Hoon

The brand, famously known for the delivery of fast foods from our favourite local restaurants is now back with the option to purchase and have essential goods delivered to your doorstep.

Their services were temporarily paused as of the 25th of March, following the decision by the minister of tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, to close restaurants to the public as of midnight on Thursday, 26th March 2020, this day was also the first day of lockdown for the country.

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In a statement on their app, Uber Eats announced that they were working towards providing their users with the delivery of essential goods and it seems like they’ve cracked the code!

The statement explained that this service is offered subject to the availability of the participating stores, however new stores will be added on a daily basis. Users will be able to make use of the option as of 6 April 2020 and will be available between 9am and 5pm.

They are charging a flat fee of R25 for the delivery of essentials, with a “small order” fee of R5 being charged for orders below R50.

Mr D Food, another food delivery service has also made this service available to their app users. A statement was released on their mobile app where they informed users that they can now order and get government approved essential goods from convenience stores without having to leave the house.

“We have listed outlets on the Mr D Food platform and these stores have determined what goods are for sale and each store sets their own prices. No need to step outside”, they wrote.

Both Mr D and Uber Eats are delivering the service while adhering to the lockdown regulations regarding social distancing. “You can now request no-contact delivery, meaning your delivery person will leave your order at the door”, they said in a statement. They further suspended cash payments and encouraged uses to make use of the different payment methods available on their apps, including card, EFT and eBucks.