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  • Uber South Africa is celebrating six years of operation in South Africa, and released statistics about past trips. 
  • The longest trip took place in the Eastern Cape, while the Cape Town airport was one of the most visited destinations. 
  • Uber said it will also be launching in a new South African city in coming weeks.
  • For more stories, go to Business Insider SA.

A trip between Port Elizabeth and East London in the Eastern Cape is the longest Uber ride ever in South Africa – at not much under 600 kilometres.

To celebrate Uber’s six years of operation in South Africa the company this week released statistics about local trips taken. It said the longest journey it has ever recorded in SA was 569.150614km long. 

Nduduzo Nyanda, Uber South Africa country manager, said the ride-hailing service now has over one million active riders, or people who have taken at least one Uber trip the past 90 days, in South Africa. 

Uber currently operates in six South African cities including Durban and Cape Town. The service is due to expand to an additional local city the weeks ahead, it said.

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“It has been an exciting journey over the past six years, Uber’s growth has been phenomenal,” Nyanda said.

Nyanda said the most-visited destination on Uber in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban the past six years were: 

  • Johannesburg: O.R. Tambo International Airport and Lanseria Airport, Gold Reef City, Sandton Market @ the Park, Gautrain, and Sandton City. 
  • Cape Town: Cape Town International Airport, Waterfront Cape Wheel, Silo Zeitz Museum, Table Mountain, and Company Gardens
  • Durban: King Shaka International Airport, Gateway, Ushaka, Durban North Beach, and the Oyster Box Hotel. 

In total, Uber drivers have travelled 9,138,767.37km in South Africa, with just one driver contributing 38,775 trips to this figure. 

Nyanda said there are now more than 13,000 active driver-partners using Uber in South Africa, many who indicated they were previously unemployed.