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Uber launches Uber Cash in Partnership with Flutterwave in Africa


US-born ride-hailing company, Uber, plans to launch Uber Cash, a digital wallet feature in partnership with Flutterwave in Africa.   Uber Cash provides a simple way to pay across Uber products.

You can use Uber Cash to pay for your next ride or pay for food on Uber Eats. In simple terms, it’s like planning ahead by having cash on your Uber account. This will be indeed handy and will help save you a lot the next time you’re in an Uber and M-Pesa goes down but that was the payment method you chose.

You can use various payment methods to top up cash on Uber Cash wallet including M-Pesa, credit cards, debit cards, and even PayPal among others.

“Depending on the country, you’ve got different top up methods available. For example in Nigeria you can use your Verve Card or mobile money. In Kenya, you can use M-Pesa and EFT and in South Africa you can top up with EFT,” says Alon Lits, Uber’s General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa.

How to Add Funds to Uber Cash

  • Open the Uber app menu and tap Payment
  • Tap Add Funds and select an amount to add to your Uber Cash balance
  • Select your payment method, then tap Purchase

By having cash on your Uber Cash digital wallet, it will be applied automatically to your next ride or Uber Eats order.

If you prefer to use physical cash, you can still use it.  To do this, before requesting a ride, head over to the Payment section in the app, and select Cash.

The digital wallet feature will be available in a number of African countries starting next week including Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Tanzania.

However, note that Uber Cash balance can only be used in a country where it is purchased. Aside from launching Uber Cash, Uber Africa is also testing impact safe, plastic dividers for its cars in Kenya and Nigeria.

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Alvin Wanjala

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