Khayelitsha in Cape Town. While a large percentage of South Africans live in townships, many businesses have overlooked these areas, a move local entrepreneurs say is short-sighted.
While a whopping 80% of businesses say they won’t deliver to townships, informal settlements or rural areas and have no plans to do so, township entrepreneurs have spotted the gap – and are cashing in.
The latest Rogerwilco Township Survey shows a growing uptake of homegrown delivery services and digital payments, with 12.6% of residents saying they have used Ekasi Delivery, 5.6% saying they have used Delivery Ka Speed, while others have used Order Kasi, Swypa, and Yebo Fresh.
Delivery Ka Speed – a dedicated online township delivery service platform with just under 500 000 users in Gauteng, North West, and Limpopo – has seen a staggering 50% growth year-on-year, with the company delivering everything from food to cell phones.
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