Bolt Reaches Milestone Of Over 400 Million Rides In South Africa

Joseph-Albert Kuuire
By Joseph-Albert Kuuire 3 Min Read

Bolt, a leading on-demand mobility platform in Africa, recently turned ten globally and celebrated seven years of operating in South Africa after launching in 2016.

By The Numbers

Bolt announced that it has hit over 400 million trips across 2 billion kilometres in South Africa.

It currently has over 40,000 driver partners in more than 23 cities across South Africa and continues to look for additional opportunities for drivers to continue earning.


In 2020, Bolt introduced the first-of-its-kind ride-hailing category that caters for Women by connecting females with women drivers on the Bolt platform. The category was launched to provide a safer way for women to travel in the various cities in South Africa following feedback expressed from female passengers for a women-Only category.

In April 2020, the ride-hailing company leveraged its footprint of the ride-hailing vertical and strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with restaurants to launch Bolt Food in Cape Town and later launch across Johannesburg in 2021, following positive traction with the value proposition in Cape Town.

To date, Bolt has over 2,000 active restaurants on the platform, including launching our national partnership with KFC earlier this year.

Most recently, Bolt, along with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, through its strategic partnerships with fleet partner My Next Car, has unlocked a new ride category, Bolt Lite, serviced exclusively by Bajaj Qute vehicles which are compact and fuel-efficient for short trips.

What They’re Saying

Takura Malaba, Regional Manager, East and Southern Africa, said: “We started seven years ago with a mission to help people move around their cities in the different parts of South Africa. Since then, we’ve expanded from just one ride category to include Bolt Lite, Bolt Premium, and Bolt XL, as well as our Go Sedan and Go Hatch, ensuring that we meet every passenger’s needs.

We have also diversified operations to include Food delivery services to meet the growing demand for convenient services in the Food delivery sector. Our numbers have grown, and we continue to witness tremendous growth and increased demand for quality services in the ride-hailing sector. It has been an exciting journey, and we could not have done this without our driver-partners, loyal passengers and restaurant partners.”

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Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator, editor, and journalist at Tech Labari. Email: Twitter: @jakuuire
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