UberHeroes

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Uber launched an amazing campaign yesterday where they pay tribute to some of their partner drivers, who they believe are everyday heroes. As someone who uses Uber weekly, it’s great to be able to take a look into the lives of some of the amazing people i drive with.

In Cape Town you will hear from Ralph Mandawale, who is now able to support and pay for his father’s cancer treatment and Freddy Ntiranyibagira who had his prayer answered and now appreciates his life. Alain Kabura, also from Cape Town, who started as a security guard and is now sustaining five families through the five drivers he employs.

In Durban, Lucky Mato Khumalo, who since partnering with Uber can now afford to send his young son to school and provide for his family, as does Kumarn Kenny who was retrenched from his job and was given the opportunity to become a partner driver and be his own boss.

Our partners in Johannesburg are no different, each one of them are dedicated and have colourful stories to tell.

For Simanga Sibanda his life as an Uber partner driver changed when he was able to save the life of a little girl, by getting her and her mother to hospital in the nick of time. As a female driver, the lovely Cindy Mashao feels safe to drive on the Uber platform and even made in into the pages of Forbes Women Africa.

Some seriously amazing stories here!

UberHEALTHSA – Uber Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban!

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Uber have joined up with Discovery Health for a really cool initiative! From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM this Friday, 22 May, you can request a flu vaccination to your doorstep.

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HOW? All you have to do is open up your Uber app at 10 AM, toggle over to the red cross icon and request a ride as you normally would. Within minutes, a Discovery-Accredited nurse will arrive to your location, ready to give you flu vaccinations for up to five individuals (for a total cost of just R100!)

ALSO: All Discovery Vitality members will earn 1,000 Vitality points following their flu vaccination and all DiscoveryCard holders, who add their DiscoveryCard to their Uber account, will have the R100 home visit fee refunded.

 Catching the flu is easy. Preventing it should be too. 

UberRELAX

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Uber has partnered with Massage on the Move  to bring you massages straight to your very own office doorstep in Jozi and Pretoria today, Friday 17th April.

Each booking includes 6 massages for ONLY R200 (all inclusive)! A fleet of therapists will arrive and perform Indian Head and Shoulder Tension Release massages.

How it works:

Open the Uber app today, Friday 17 April 2015, between 10h00 and 16h00 and you will see a lotus icon > Toggle over to the lotus icon > Set your pickup location and tap the “UberRELAX” button to request your therapist! Simple.

Please note:
When a rider requests a massage on-demand, they are booking for six (6) massages at a cost of ONLY R200 (all inclusive) which will last about 45 minutes to an hour in total (15 minutes per massage). You may have less than 6 people but the set cost per booking will be R200. It’d probably also be a good idea to have a meeting room set aside, or an area where the therapists can do the treatments to enjoy your massages in peace and quiet!

Catch An Uber On Election Day!

UBER is providing FREE rides today (Wednesday 7th May 2014), between 7am and 9pm, as they participate in making the country’s voting process more convenient in their own special way! The BEST part about this whole campaign is that it isn’t just exclusive to new users, it’s available for existing clients too.

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So whether you’re a new or existing UBER user, you can enter the promotion code: VOTESA to redeem two free rides, each up to R200 in value. If you’re a new user, sign up at uber.com/app/VOTESA.

This campaign comes just ten months after UBER first expanded into Africa, starting with its successful August 2013 launch in Johannesburg. This just proves that UBER is well and truly committed to our market.

The Head of UBER in Africa and the Middle East, Jambu Palaniappan, says, “At UBER, we are incredibly passionate about helping people move around the cities that they live in. We have received a warm welcome in South Africa, and are very excited about current operations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. On May 7th, we’d like to give back by making it easier for people to go out and vote. We’d also encourage all of our users to take an elderly friend or family member with them to the polls, so that everyone has their chance to be heard.”

Awesome company. I genuinely don’t mind showing support to a company that every now and again does something special for their users.