Load hailer in KZN

Droppa next plans to de­ploy its ‘Uber for loads’ in KZN cities

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - ALWYN VILJOEN

DROPPA, billed as South Africa’s first “Uber for bakkies” is soon com­ing to KZN.

The app, avail­able for An­droid and Ap­ple, is the brain­child of Khatut­sh­elo Mufamadi, who used his own bakkie for de­liv­er­ies in his spare time while work­ing as a com­puter pro­gram­mer at a bank. See­ing a gap in the mar­ket, he started work­ing on an e-hail­ing ser­vice for bakkies and trucks in 2015 and af­ter in­vest­ing R200 000 of his own cap­i­tal and rais­ing a fur­ther R1,4 mil­lion in seed cap­i­tal, he launched the app late last year.

Since then Droppa has signed up 450 users in Gaut­eng, with new driv­ers daily adding to the pool of Droppa ve­hi­cles, cur­rently ap­proach­ing 80 in num­ber.

Mufamadi told Wheels the com­pany will in the first quar­ter of next year ex­pand to Dur­ban, Mar­itzburg and Richards Bay.

To ap­ply to be­come a own­er­driver for Droppa re­quires com­plet­ing on the com­pany web­site the name and phone num­ber of the Droppa driver, plus sup­port­ing doc­u­ments of the com­pany or sole pro­pri­etor.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants are listed on the app and re­ceive a cap and T-shirt for ma­hala.

Mufamadi told Wheels he is look­ing for driv­ers with ve­hi­cles rang­ing from half-ton­ner bakkies to 8-ton­ner trucks. Ve­hi­cles must have valid RWC, with rea­son­ably low mileage.

The smaller the load the lower the rate, the min­i­mum is R200 within five kilo­me­tres, af­ter which the client pays R6/km.

For four-ton loads the min­i­mum charge is R2 000 within five kilo­me­tres plus R25/km there­after.

As with Uber, Droppa clients — the peo­ple to whom de­liv­er­ies are made — re­ceive the driver’s de­tails and the ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion num­ber on their cell­phones when they re­quest a drop, and a map al­lows them to fol­low lo­ca­tion of the Droppa ve­hi­cle.

Goods are in­sured in the case of dam­age or loss while in tran­sit or in stor­age.

“We cater for all house­hold and of­fice fur­ni­ture with dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle types to meet all your de­liv­ery need. Our se­cure pay­ment meth­ods al­low you to get the right truck at your doorstep and will be with you at the des­ti­na­tion of your choice,” states Mufamadi on the web­site.

What as­pir­ing part­ners want to know is how much they can earn from Droppa, and Mu­famdi said the driver gets 85% of the fee, while Droppa takes 15%.

Mufamadi was one of two com­pa­nies from South Africa who pitched his busi­ness against 6 000 other start-ups at the Viva Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence in Paris in May. He said he re­turned from France with sev­eral leads to grow Droppa and apart from the three cities in KZN, will also ex­pand to the Western Cape next.

More on www.droppa.co.za

PHOTO: FIN24

Cre­ator of Droppa, Khatut­sh­elo Mufamadi.

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