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YooKoo RideSunday Independent reports that while its established competitors in the e-hailing taxi business expect drivers to have their own cars or be employed by a vehicle owner, new player YooKoo Ride is empowering drivers who do not own cars.  

Driver Collen Rakhivhani, one of the recipients of a brand-new sedan, commented:  “I’ve been in the e-hailing taxi business for four-and-a-half years and what we are seeing today is not only a company caring about upliftment of the disadvantaged but genuine empowerment.  I’m honestly grateful to Yookoo for granting us the rare opportunity to be our own bosses."  Steve Motale, YooKoo’s executive director of communications, said the decision to empower drivers was necessitated by what they saw as the blatant exploitation of the working class by car rental companies.  The company clinched an empowerment deal with one of its strategic partners in the automobile business.  YooKoo stands as surety between drivers and the car dealership.  Motale said for drivers to be considered, they needed police clearance to prove they had not been involved in criminal activities or been convicted of crime.  Secondly, they must have a valid driver's licence and a proven track record of being professional drivers.  "They work for themselves.  From what they make, they pay the car instalment and the insurance, and the rest is theirs.  We only take our operational percentage of 10% - the least in the industry,” Motale indicated.

  • Read the full original of Lesego Makgatho’s report on the above story at Sunday Independent

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