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Shared transportation startup launches in South Africa

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
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Ride-hailing startup launches in South Africa
Zeelo is said to offer safe, convenient and affordable shared transport solutions for commuters.

Zeelo has been operating in South Africa for over a year and to date, it has transported over 18,000 passengers. However, the platform is now only officially launching in the country after first establishing its market in the UK. 

The platform integrates with more than 20,000 locally supplied vehicles to provide mobility to travellers whose only other option is to drive. Using online booking technology, passengers can book and track their rides in real-time. 

According to the company, Zeelo is looking to grow rapidly in the country and is creating partnerships with major employers who want to offer sustainable commutes for employees. 

Zeelo Co-Founder & CEO, Sam Ryan says, “South Africa is the perfect market for us. We aim to provide safe, convenient and affordable shared transport options to those who are completely reliant on their car so they can make more of their travelling time”. 

“The significant gaps in public transport provision in South Africa mean increasing congestion, pollution and car parking challenges, causing frustration for travellers and headaches for cities and companies. We see a huge opportunity to provide South Africa with the transport solution it deserves,” adds Ryan. 

James Champion, Zeelo SA General Manager, says, “we’ve seen incredible growth in such a short amount of time and it shows that South Africans across the country need a service like ours. We’re now expanding our service across events and also for commuters who are looking for a viable alternative to travel to work and have car parking challenges at the offices”.

Edited by Jenna Cook

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