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New Chinese ride-hailing service DiDi launching in Cape Town

DiDi, a ride-hailing company headquartered in China, is launching its services in Cape Town.

This follows DiDi piloting its ride-hailing service in Gqeberha on 1 March 2021, as reported by MyBroadband.

The company said that over 2,000 drivers have connected to its app in March, and that 20,000 people in the Gqeberha area have signed up for the service.

The registration process for drivers in Cape Town is now open, it added, with the app available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

DiDi also offers ride hailing services in 14 other countries outside of China, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia.

Cars on the platform

The DiDi website for South Africa stated that drivers may sign up to work through the platform by submitting a copy of their ID, Professional Driving Permit, Operators Card, and Operating Licence.

Their services can then be offered through one of four DiDi ride hailing products: Hero, Express, Care, and Go.

According to the website, the Hero, Express, and Care service levels will require drivers to have a four-door sedan or multi-purpose vehicle – with a model year of 2015 or newer.

Acceptable models include:

  • Honda – Accord, CRV
  • VW – Jetta, Polo
  • Ford – Focus, Ikon
  • Mazda – 3, 6
  • Toyota – Corolla, Etios
  • Kia – Rio

Cars which can be used for the Go level include hatchbacks with four seats from 2013 and later, or sedans from 2011 onwards.

The full list of models DiDi drivers can use is shown below.


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