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  • Uber is offering discounts for rides to and from voting centres on 1 November.
  • Voters heading to the polls can get R35 off their Uber trips in each direction.
  • To get the discount, users need to use VOTESA21 as a promo code when using the Uber app on voting day.
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Uber is offering discounted rides on 1 November, when South Africans cast their ballots in the municipal elections.

Leading e-hailing firm, Uber, is encouraging all eligible South Africans to exercise their constitutional responsibility to cast their vote in the upcoming municipal elections. For its part, Uber will be discounting rides to and from voting stations on the day.

In partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), Uber will offer two discounted trips to riders, of up to R35 each way. Trips must start or end at voting centres.

“Election Day is an important day in the country and using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every rider using the Uber App in South Africa to get to their voting station at the push of a button,” said Busisiwe Khaba, Uber’s head of public policy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

To access these discounted rides on 1 November, users need to select the “wallet” category in the Uber app. In this category, riders will find the “promotions” function and, upon selection, will be prompted to “add a promo code”.

Entering the code VOTESA21 will give the user R35 off two rides to and from their voting station. Voters can find their stations via the IEC website. Uber’s terms and conditions of the promotion note that the “offer applies to the first 5,000 users of the Uber App who apply and redeem the promotional code.”

South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination programme has also been merged with the upcoming municipal elections. Pop-up vaccination centres will be deployed to around 1,000 voting sites on voting day, as confirmed by Health Minister Joe Phaahla during a media briefing on Friday morning.

Uber will also play a part in transporting healthcare workers, tasked with administering jabs at these pop-up sites, at discounted rates.

“Uber has also offered free rides, of up to R100 each, for health workers who will be on duty on election day,” said Phaahla.

“We know that the Uber services are not available in rural areas, but we appreciate the gesture in those areas where Uber services are available.”

(Compiled by Luke Daniel)

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