"The people want Uber in the City" - Alon Lits, Uber SA's General Manager

Operating permit problems for the internet ride-sharing service Uber are ongoing in the Western Cape.

Uber has appealed to its Cape Town users to sign an online petition in an attempt to pressure provincial government into taking a decisive decision on issuing the permits.

(Also read our article: Uber plans to create 15K jobs in SA (if it weren't for regulatory constraints)

A screenshot of the Uber petition.

Over 200 Uber vehicles have been impounded in the city since the start of 2015 and Donald Grant, Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works, says that the vehicles were impounded because they didn’t have legal operating licenses.

Grant says that the department is trying to ensure that Uber drivers operate within the confines of the law.

The key issue is that legislation hasn’t kept pace with technology changes. Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters is aware of this and we need to adapt to the changing circumstances. If there is no valid reason for the province to refuse the registration of Uber’s operating licenses, then we will issue them. The problem is that Uber as an electronic app edges on law that is not precisely defined.

Donald Grant, Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works

Lack of political accountability

Alon Lits, Uber general manager for sub-Saharan Africa, there are inconsistencies in the discussions with the City of Cape Town and provincial government.

We’ve been engaging with the City and provincial government for over a year now but there seems to be a lack of political accountability.

Alon Lits, Uber general manager for sub-Saharan Africa

Lits says that preventing the company’s drivers from operating in Cape Town will affect job creation.

According to Lits, the online petition received over 10 000 signatures within the first 12 hours that it was released on Thursday.

Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

Read More
Big supermarkets to be policed on food hygiene standards

Big supermarkets to be policed on food hygiene standards

JP Smith, Mayco member for Safety and Security, explains some of the measures in place to ensure food hygiene in big supermarkets.

Metrorail train derails in Bellville, 7 injured

Metrorail train derails in Bellville, 7 injured

Metrorail regional manager has confirmed that one of their trains has derailed, leaving 7 passengers with minor injuries.

Food labelling requirements for home industries explained

Food labelling requirements for home industries explained

This follows a concerned that home industries are now required to put nutritional facts on their products.

WC Health Dept responds to Diphtheria outbreak

WC Health Dept responds to Diphtheria outbreak

Dr John Sonnenberg voiced his concern with lack of communication in Strand following the outbreak of Diphtheria.

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Mayor of Cape Town speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about plans to provide more water amidst the ongoing drought.

Uber plans to create 15K jobs in SA (if it weren't for regulatory constraints)

Uber plans to create 15K jobs in SA (if it weren't for regulatory constraints)

Uber has created 2000 jobs since launching and want to create 15 000 more. However, it faces severe regulatory constraints.

Popular articles
Grace Mugabe invokes diplomatic immunity as Zim-SA relations get tense

Grace Mugabe invokes diplomatic immunity as Zim-SA relations get tense

Grace is still in South Africa and her husband, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, is due to land in the country this afternoon.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.

Bob Mugabe flying in, could sort out his wife's legal woes

Bob Mugabe flying in, could sort out his wife's legal woes

Political analyst David Monyae says this puts everyone including President Jacob Zuma and Robert Mugabe in an awkward situation.

Advanced communication system for Cape's neighbourhood watches

Advanced communication system for Cape's neighbourhood watches

The system allows neighbourhood watches to relay incidents, post warnings or request emergency assistance.

Grace Mugabe has a history of violence

Grace Mugabe has a history of violence

Mail & Guardian Africa editor, Simon Allison says the recent incident of violence by Grace Mugabe is certainly not the first.

Best bank ad ever? Andy Rice reviews Investec’s “you’re more than data”

Best bank ad ever? Andy Rice reviews Investec’s “you’re more than data”

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the advertising expert about the best and worst new advertisements.

[LISTEN] 20-year-old SA woman traumatised by Grace Mugabe's assault

[LISTEN] 20-year-old SA woman traumatised by Grace Mugabe's assault

Gabriella Engels says she is saddened by people who are calling her names on Twitter before they understand the full story.

Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Gore about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).