A safer alternative to Uber?

Have you noticed a LOT of e-hailing ads around lately? That’s because there’s a new entrant to the South African scene: DiDi. 

DiDi, which was founded in China in 2012, is putting Uber and Bolt in the backseat, mostly because of its top-notch security features. 😎

  • A recording monitor to check for any unusual activity during trips
  • A facial-recognition system for DiDi drivers
  • SOS buttons for both driver and riders
  • 24/7 safety hotline
  • Both rider and driver can preview each other’s history before accepting the trip.

DiDi became available to South African users in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and Pretoria on 23 August, after successful launches in Cape Town and Gqeberha earlier this year. You can download the DiDi app from your app store. 🙌🏽

There have long been safety concerns about both Uber and Bolt, so we’re excited about this – let’s just hope DiDi also treat their drivers better than their competitors do!  

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 30 September 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.