Uber launches food delivery service in SA

UberEATS is set to make its South African debut as local job ads for the venture have been published. (Gareth van Zyl, Fin24)
UberEATS is set to make its South African debut as local job ads for the venture have been published. (Gareth van Zyl, Fin24)

Johannesburg - Internet ride-sharing app Uber has officially launched UberEATS in South Africa on Wednesday as the company pushes into the local food delivery space.

The service offers users the opportunity to have take-away food parcels delivered to them.

READ: Uber to launch food delivery service in SA

UberEATS is an on-demand service that taps Uber’s network of partner-drivers to deliver meals from restaurants.

The service boasts an average delivery time of 30 minutes from order to drop off, company officials said at an event.

Deliveries can be tracked in real-time with a range of top restaurant chains partnering with the service.

The service, at first, will be available in Johannesburg's northern suburbs with a plan to expand to other major centres.

Customers who use UberEATS will receive a promotional code, which lasts for two months, and will give them R100 off a meal if they order from food partner of the service. 

UberEATS is also its own standalone app and to date has only been available in London, Melbourne, Paris, Singapore and multiple cities in the US and Canada.

Expanding on this, South Africa is part of over 20 countries in Europe and Asia where the service is scheduled to be launched on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, the launch of UberEATS in South Africa comes after Uber launched its ride-sharing app in South Africa in 2013.

Since then, the service has grown to have over 4 000 partner drivers across Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

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