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Uber, partner of SAPS on the program of sessions on safety

As part of Uber’s commitment to safety, the company has launched a program of safety sessions in conjunction with the South African Police Service (Saps) to help address safety issues raised by drivers and delivery people on the Uber platform.

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During these sessions, held in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town over the past few months; SAPS officials were brought together with drivers on the platform to better understand the realities on the ground and how best to partner to help improve safety for everyone.

“We believe that drivers who call online should have regular contact with SAPS officials in their respective communities. Uber embarked on this journey with society at large in mind, as we believe that through such partnerships, we are able to contribute to safety for all,” says Ofentse Mokwena, Head of Strategic Projects for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa.

While the Uber platform offers safety features for all of its users, from an in-app emergency button and GPS tracking, through these safety talks it became clear that there is a need for practical demonstrations – such as how to report cases, who to contact and what to do in an emergency. That’s why Uber has led these stakeholder engagements to find common ground for the benefit of users as well as the wider community.

Captain Selepe of SAPS adds, “We welcome the working relationship that SAPS has with drivers and Uber, as we believe that collaborations like these will help alleviate some of the safety issues we are currently seeing in this industry and in the communities where they are reported.”

Commitment to Safety

According to the latest information from Uber, where more than 1,000 online calling users in South Africa were surveyed, women feel empowered to travel alone when taking a requested trip through the Uber app. According to the participants interviewed:

• 85% of women who use Uber say they think the Uber app has made their daily commute safer.
• 71% of women who use Uber say Uber has empowered them and helped them realize their potential.
• While 84% of women who use Uber say Uber has made the impossible possible now that they feel they can move more freely and safely.

This schedule of safety sessions follows Uber’s Safety Roundtable in March, which brought together safety experts to discuss how the industry can approach safety in the industry.

Uber, partner of SAPS on the program of sessions on safety

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