End of the road for Didi, as it shut down its operations in South Africa

Didi, the Chinese ride-hailing service has ended its operations in South Africa. This comes after a year the launch in the country and the African continent. 

The company has not revealed why it decided to shut down its business in South African major cities. 

Didi South Africa spokesperson said, “We have made the difficult decision to end our operation in South Africa from April 8. We have aimed to ensure a smooth transition for all and would like to take this opportunity to thank our employees, drivers, riders and partners for the kindness and support shown to DiDi.” 

It’s clear that the company was faced with stiff competition from its rivals, Uber and Bolt and lastly, it was late for the party as other ride-hailing services have cornered the market already. 

“We have re-evaluated where we can make the most positive impact in the short-term and are focusing on developing even deeper capabilities in other existing markets,” added the spokesperson. 

Last month we saw two days strike by taxi drivers in South Africa asking for regulations of the sector, poor working conditions and exploitation. 

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