Uber, South Africa’s largest e-hailing service, has increased prices by 50c per kilometre, despite fuel prices dropping by R1.84c the past week.
Uber said it increased prices due to additional financial strain felt by its driver-partners.
“It matters to us that driver-partners are able to continue to maintain a sustainable living while using the Uber App,” Uber South Africa said in a statement.
“Accordingly, the change in fare prices will allow driver-partners to earn more in order to make up for the rising cost of business and living expenses that affects their earnings.”
Prices will now start at R8 per kilometre in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and R7.50 per kilometre in Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth
Business Insider South Africa previously reported that South African Uber drivers earn a smaller percentage per trip than Taxify drivers.
In the statement, Uber said it is busy with an in-depth earnings review.
“For riders, the new fare pricing means that we can invest even more in the technology features that make your Uber experience a seamless one,” Uber said.
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