Bolt has announced the pilot of its ride-hailing services in Harare, Zimbabwe today with more than 300 drivers ready to start accepting hire services.
Zimbabwe will be the third country for Bolt in Southern Africa.
Bolt’s entry into Zimbabwe marks its Southern African expansion, following its recent pilot in Zambia and successful operations in South Africa. Offering ride-hailing for both individual and Bolt Business for corporate needs, Bolt says its foray into Zimbabwe underscores its commitment to advancing mobility in the region.
“We are excited to be piloting our services in Zimbabwe. Our goal is not only to offer our drivers higher revenues per hire, but also to ensure a high demand due to competitive prices. Accordingly, our commission is significantly lower than that of our competitors. As a result, our drivers earn more and the service fees are attractive.” Laurent Koerge, Head of Expansion at Bolt, said.
”We have been committed to profitability and fairness towards our drivers from the very beginning because we firmly believe that happy drivers lead to happy customers,” Laurent added.
Bolt is a free mobile application that connects drivers and customers. Bolt allows customers to conveniently request a driver to pick them up wherever they are and take them where they want to go. Drivers registered to the platform can earn money by accepting hire services through the application. To become a partner Bolt driver, a person has to have a car or motorbike and all necessary licences required by the local regulations.
Bolt brings benefits to the wider community as well. By introducing new shared mobility options, Bolt says it helps cities reduce congestion, allowing people to reach their destinations quicker and simpler.
The company notes that it has been built around offering the lowest commissions for drivers and the lowest ride prices for customers. For a minimum of 6 months, Bolt in Harare commits to charging drivers no commission for using the platform.