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Uber now delivers packages in SA

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No more having to awkwardly tell the driver you will not be joining them in the car, but rather this package will. Uber Connect has arrived in South Africa. 

In a smart move by Uber, South Africans will now be able to courier packages between each other in cities that have UberEats. Uber recognised the need for personal package deliveries and decided to capitalise on this by combining it with the UberEats service. 

It also helps fill the niche between a fully fledged courier and delivering an item across town yourself.

This will help UberEats motorbike drivers pick up more work during quiet food delivery hours. 

The service is simple and runs through the main Uber app, however, there are restrictions on what can be sent. 

Uber South Africa has specified that the package must be less than 15kg, fit into a motorbike topbox and the value must be less than R1,500. 

Items like medication, recreational drugs and illegal or dangerous items are also not allowed. 

How it works

  1. Package the items in a sealed box or bag, wiping down surfaces with disinfectant.
  2. Type in the destination in your Uber app.
  3. Choose Uber Connect as the vehicle option (you may have to swipe up for the option).
  4. Follow the notifications: You’ll get instructions on how to help ensure a smooth pickup and when your delivery-partner is arriving, just as you would with an UberX trip.
  5. As you see the motorbike approach in the app, you should head outside and load your item into the topbox.
  6. Share the trip with your recipient so that they can track the trip and meet the delivery partner outside to receive the package from the delivery partner. 
Leila Stein

Leila Stein is an experienced multimedia journalist and content producer with a special interest in data journalism. she is skilled in news writing, editing, online writing and multimedia content production and have a Bachelor of Journalism  from Rhodes University and an Honours in Historical Studies from University of Cape Town.