10 Reasons Why I Use UBER Taxis

Having been abducted before in one of those taxi’s that hang around outside Trinity, I now take getting a ride home pretty seriously. I used to use Excite, Intercab or Sport and to be 100% honest they are all decent, but I have been converted by this new UBER explosion onto the SA taxi scene. We caught one over the weekend to Banana Jam for a BrewDog tasting, and it came to R233, whilst InterCab quoted mates R260.

I am not going to blabber on about how amazing it is and the fact that celebs Tweet about their awesome service 24/7 all over the World too much. But one thing I dig is that they don’t pay for marketing/branding/blogs or social media mentions. So before I get to my ten reasons why I dig UBER, you can check out their website [here] for more of a lowdown if you want. Or read my reasons and then go check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Reasons I Use UBER Cape Town:

1. It’s all based on an app, so you never have to waste you precious airtime on holding to see if a damn Rikki driver is available! You obviously use data, but that’s irie because I live on social media sites for work anyway…

2. You never have to carry cash or tip the driver. You actually aren’t allowed to tip them as it’s all included in the fare. No more worrying about change or sweating that the meter isn’t gonna fuck you over!

3. You ride in style. They only use Mercedes, BMW or Audi vehicles in SA at the moment. Not a bad way to impress a squeeza or client too I might add. Rocking up to fetch them in a sick C Class with a suited up driver!

4. They have a set rate of R11 per km, which isn’t the lowest in Cape Town, but it is pretty close and you know exactly how much your trip will cost. None of these scums that have a meter that carries on running while you;re at a stop street or in traffic. That boils my blood!

5. You can see exactly how long the driver is going to take from the second you request a pick up! None of this “he will be there soon he is just waiting for a chick in Clifton who is still changing” – like you get with Rikki’s shared rides…

6. You can literally watch the driver on the Google style map, so whilst he is taking the turn into your road, you know when to go out! This impresses everyone when I show them for the first time.

7. They have a promotional programme which allows you to make money, the more people you sign up and spread the word to. For instance, use my promo code UberMrCPT and you get R90 credit for your first ride. Not to mention I get R90 into my account too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pay it forward and use my code homies!

8. In NYC you can Uber a helicopter if you wish. That’s just fucking awesome on a whole new level, so it’s going in as one of my top 10!

9. Their Twitter and Social Media presence, plus response and the way they deal with their fans is top class. Someone is always on the ball and looking to help you out if you have a problem. Follow them on @Uber_CT and send them some #UberLOVE if you dig the service. Who knows they may even throw some credit your way if they are feeling the LOVE!

10. Lindsay and Patrick whom I met prior to their Cape Town launch are just FUCKING AWESOME, and, have been extremely good to all the influencers from the get go. I have shared many ย night out on the jol with them (Pat drinks tequila and Lindsay drinks wine) if you ever see them out ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not to mention their launch party I attended with Dean Fuel, Jeannie D, Sam from HYPE Media, Tom from Don’t Party and a whole host of local legends!

Myself and Lindsay from UBER Cape Town at the launch party. A great night with awesome people and quality chow!

Download the app for your smartphone, simply just search UBER in app store. Make sure you use my promo code UberMrCPT to get your R90 credit too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me know what you think when you use the service or if you have tried it before. You can Tweet me on @MrCPT if you have any issues and I can hook you up some tips or help, or pass you onto Lindsay. She’s a star!

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70 Responses to “10 Reasons Why I Use UBER Taxis” Subscribe

  1. Morne October 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    Giving my credit card details to a company that I know nothing of and do not have any trust in yet is a bit over the top.

    • Mr. Cape Town October 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      I went to the launch bru, they are a company that runs all over the World and privacy is assured! The company that handles their banking is owned by PayPal. Check out their website buddy!

    • Christopher October 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      hellow out there,

      Please help guys to find a job from UBER company as driver with code 10/8 pdp
      with my contacts 0742431460

  2. Cas October 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Morne’s response is the exact reason why South African companies struggle so much with any online businesses… South Africans are too worried about online payments and haven’t grasped that ‘internet culture’ at all!!

    • Mr. Cape Town October 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Hey Cas! Yeah I feel you. Hoping they get the debit card issue sorted soonest, therefore people can actually just EFT! It’s also because people don’t realise how big they actually are Worldwide. I didn;t know much until I did some research ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the comment!

  3. bobMcK December 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    They charge for time waiting at the lights too bud

  4. Jesse December 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi there, thanks for your article. This looks great! I would like to use it to pick up a friend from CT airport. Do you think the user who requests the pickup can be different form the rider? I.e. can I request a car to pick him up from the airport from my phone when I won’t be there? Thanks!

    • Mr. Cape Town December 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Yeah! You can give Lindsay a call on 071 211 0903! Tell her Dylan sent you onto them ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jesse December 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

        Thanks man! Enjoy the holiday season

        • Mr. Cape Town December 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

          Peace! Use my UberMrCPT promo code to earn R90 free credit…

          • Jenna January 7, 2014 at 9:57 am #

            Is the promo code still available?

          • Mr. Cape Town January 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

            Yes Jenna! The R180 credit is for a person’s first ride and then I get R180 back in credit for myself. Although this is only a promo and runs until 20 January. Regular promo rates thereafter will be back to R90 ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jenna January 7, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    oh and by the way its R180 free credit. and for every friend you invite, they get R180 free and you get another R180. So you can earn free rides up to R9000

  6. Jo Ann January 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Hi. I need to arrange for Transport but there is not contact details on your website. What number do I phone?

    • Mr. Cape Town January 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

      Add the UBER app on your smart phone. No Calls needed!

      • sam April 14, 2014 at 10:57 am #

        i would like to become one of their drivers in joburgany idea how?

        • Mr. Cape Town April 14, 2014 at 11:21 am #

          Hey Sam, you can email Lindsey@uber.com and tell her Dylan gave your her details! SHAP

          • ahmad April 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

            uber is good for money reasonis

  7. Kim May 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi. I have a quick question. My boss is a member of Uber, and the other day he asked me to get him a taxi, how do i do this seeing as there are no contact numbers?

    • Mr. Cape Town May 8, 2014 at 11:33 am #

      You can only get a cab from using his app on his phone!

  8. Jenna November 11, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Are the cabs readily available? Looking for a safe, reliable cab after a night out.

    • Mr. Cape Town November 12, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Yes Jenna! They are the safest and best around. If you want my promo code to get R90 free credit to try them just holla! It’s UberMrCPT

  9. Fatima December 6, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    What an awful experience with Garin – an Uber driver on Thursday, the 4th December 2014 driving from Sea Point to Kloof Street. He arrived late and then started the journey by driving in the opposite direction to my requested destination. He took the slower available route. He attempted to drive down a one-way up street and only didn’t because I pointed this out to him. He responded that he was distracted by his phone!!! He drove past my destination – shocking as I had given him an exact address. I would like to be refunded in full for this trip.
    What a horrific Uber experience and I am unable to locate contact details for a supervisor on the Uber Cape Town website.

  10. Simone January 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    Does a debit card also work? Or does it have to be a credit card?

    • Mr. Cape Town January 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

      Hey Simone, some do! Use my promo code UberMrCPT for R90 free credit off your first ride. And take Uber X it’s only R7 per km which is a steal!

  11. Guru santillan April 7, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    Hey love the idea of uber but I don’t have a credit card i have a debit card have they sorted out the use of debit cards or does it have to be credit card

    • Mr. Cape Town April 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

      You can now use a debit card! Use my promo code for your free ride > UberMrCPT

  12. Chi June 26, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    How do you pay with debit card?

    • Mr. Cape Town July 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      Hey, there are ways which you can use certain debit cards, or they have another service which you can add credit to and use that! Check their website http://www.uber.com for details!

  13. Jaime July 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi I need to take the red eye to jhb from cpt in the am. Do I just request via my app same as per any other day or js there a way to book it I advance?

  14. Nick July 15, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Not happy with Uber – my 14 year old daughter set up account using my card – a UK card actually so I got no notification until i looked at the account some months later as I rarely use the account. So Uber let people use cards that arent theirs

    • Mr. Cape Town July 22, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      Well how is that their fault, it’s a credit card with no pin code. Basically the same as your daughter stealing your card to go shopping with. Set up your notifications better, what if she was shopping on the card, you wouldn’t get notified either… Just saying, your daughter is the one in the wrong here, not Uber man.

  15. John July 28, 2015 at 5:50 am #

    Hi, it shocks me when people complain about Uber,
    first if the driver is running, you can still cancel the trip! Maybe the traffic is bad.
    Second, why you mad at uber if you did get notify ? Your daughter did notify you either …

    I’ve been using uber since 2013, and they are just excellent , the support, the quality, the speed and everything ! If they take slow route, blame the gps not the driver or uber , maybe that slowest route is the safest.. Who knows …

    Great article MrCpt

  16. Jenal September 30, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    Hi there is there any contact number I can try? I have the app downloaded but I cant find a specific answer im looking for

  17. Marijke October 22, 2015 at 7:47 pm #


    I was just wondering, if I order an Uber on wifi and (since I leave whatever place I’m at) I go offline during the ride. Is that a problem at all?


  18. Marijke October 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm #


    I was just wondering, if I order an Uber while on wifi and I get in and my connection is down (I have no 3G network in Cape Town since I’m on vacation) is that a problem at all?

    And what is the exact difference between Uber X and Uber Black when it comes to licences?


  19. emmanuel October 29, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    My family used uber about three weeks back and when they got to their my little boy climbed down the cab leaving the house keys behind in the vehicle.

    to my amazement the we managed to get hold of the diver cell number to be able to retrieve the keys.
    Surprisingly up till now I have to got my keys. i sent sms messages and calls as well but the guy refuse to pick up at night afternoon and morning.

    Can someone tell me how to manage this situation.


  20. Mishka January 11, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    Are there uber cars im Stellenbosch?

  21. Mishka January 11, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    What do I fill in the box where they ask for ccv if im going to be using a debit card ?

  22. Dee January 31, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi:) filled in details with my debit card where says credit card and seemed to complete the task..And now where do I or how do i download app for Uber? Thanks; )

    • Mr. Cape Town February 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

      You can get it on app world for free on your phone!

  23. Linandi April 22, 2016 at 2:19 am #

    I want to use uber XL, because we are 6 people that needs a ride. But on my app, it says that there are no Uber XL available at current location. What can I do , to get an Uber XL urgently?

  24. Rose May 13, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Hi there
    This service would’ve been perfect for my mother in law but she uses her phone just to make calls.

  25. somisa May 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

    Good day.

    looking for Uber cabs contact in Kenilworth centre cape town, u can sms on 0796951969.


  26. THEOLA MOODLEY June 8, 2016 at 10:24 am #



  27. Al October 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    You’re obviously using UberBlack as a regular lift source. UberX uses VW Polo, Chev, Nissan and Toyota vehicles as well.
    Rates are R7 per km and 0.70c per minute… The trips you’re talking about would have been much cheaper

  28. Viollier January 3, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    I probably left 8 tickets for concerts at Artscape and CTSO in the Uber taxi on S

  29. Viollier January 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

    I probably left 8 concert tickets in the Ubertaxi on Saturday evening , 31 December, from my home at Shanklin Cresc 1 to the Artscape.
    I can’t remember the name of the friendly driver but he was from the rep of Congo.
    Can you please help me as 6 tickets are for future concerts in the city hall
    D Viollier

  30. Edmore kahonde March 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    I want to drive I sent u my email by I’m still waiting a reply

  31. Jana March 23, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    Hi There

    I am trying to confirm if Uber Black is available in Cape Town.

    I am wanting to use them for my sons matric dance transport on Saturday 25 march 2017.

    Any feed back will be grateful.

    Kind Regards

    Jana Potgieter

  32. yolanda March 23, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    hi there

    I want to book the taxi but I can’t find the number am in cape town

    • Mr. Cape Town May 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

      You need to download the app and book through it!

  33. Ish April 7, 2017 at 12:04 am #

    Uber took my card details,charged me , refused to fetch me an overcharged me when paying cash, reciepting imcorrect amounts, and never recieved my free ride!

  34. Joe October 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    Uber driver of CA 764 637 white Toyota Avanza most arrogant driver in the business.

  35. Christine December 27, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    Hi maybe you can help me I forgot my baggage in the Uber last night the drivers name is Stanley .I am a cancer patient and need my meds please can anyone assist me with a number I really need help

    • Mr. Cape Town February 7, 2018 at 11:02 am #

      You have to use the in-app assistance as I don’t work for the company!


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