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This article was published on August 8, 2013

Uber drives into Africa after launching its private car service in Johannesburg

Uber drives into Africa after launching its private car service in Johannesburg Image by: Getty Images/iStockphoto
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Private car hire startup Uber‘s international expansion plans have kicked up a gear after it launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, taking the service into Africa for the first time.

Uber drove into Asia this year — where it is currently in three cities — and it is also operational in Europe and, of course North America. The company has been hinting at plans to launch in Africa, based on a series of job vacancies which also show an ambition to move into Latin America and the Middle East.

Uber Johannesberg is initially in a testing phase, so we can probably expect a full launch in just over a month. The company is also hiring in Cape Town, South Africa, and Nairobi, Kenya, which look like the locations where it will next launch in Africa.

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