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CAPE TOWN -  Public transport continues to have its problems in SA and South Africans are always looking for alternatives to Metrorail and taxis, here are a few new modes of trasnport that have popped up.

Cab or ride-hailing services have become increasingly popular, but some of them have their issues, like safety and convenience. For a large amount of time Uber has held a monopoly on the industry but new taxi apps are coming up and challenging the market place. 



Taxify was founded in Estonia in 2013. Since then, the service expanded to countries such as Europe and here in Africa. 

Ther service has claimed to have over 3 million users in over 20 countries. 

The Taxify app is available on Google Play and IOS. 

2. Cabbi

Cabbi was launched in September 2017, Cabbi connects riders with drivers with the tap of a button.

The Cabbi platform claims to be a safe transport solution ready to serve the South African market. 

 However, the service is currently only available in Johannesburg and will be launched to the rest of Gauteng by 2018.

The app for Cabbi is available for download on Android and IOS.

3. Yookoo

The SA Taxi Association has lauched a service and app called Yookoo.

The app YooKoo Ride has beeen devepoed to serve as a link between meter taxi drivers and passengers. 

Yookoo is also available for downlaod on IOS and Google Play. 

By using the latest technology, the app is designed to improve the meter taxi association by making it more accessible to consumers. 

Most of theother alternative services claims that they offers lower rates than Uber, and offers drivers the opportunity to earn more money.

Here is a list of how much each services charge in each city: