Uber South Africa has announced that riders will pay more per kilometre as of today.

The increase is rather small at five percent in some areas and Uber says that the increase in prices comes on the back of in-depth earnings reviews.

The review was conducted to ensure that the app remains a reliable economic opportunity for drivers while still being affordable for riders.

From what we can see the price increases are only for UberX and UberXL services, UberBlack pricing appears to remain unchanged at time of writing.

The new pricing per kilometre follows below.

UberX price increases as of 7th December 2018

Region Price per km before Price per km now
Johannesburg & Pretoria R7.50 R8
Cape Town R7 R7.50
Durban R7 R7.50
Port Elizabeth R7 R7.50

 

UberXL price increases as of 7th December 2018

Region Price per km before Price per km now
Cape Town R7 R7.50
Durban R7 R7.50

 

The ride sharing firm says that these increases mean it can further invest in making the Uber platform better. For driver partners the increases mean more money for them to take home at the end of the day.

While it is a small increase we recommend checking how much these increases affect your trips if you are a regular user of the service.

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.