- Tripped over wheel chock
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One of the biggest head-aches for GA opportunists, like myself, is the issue around transport at the destination. South Africa is not the best equipped with public transport, apart from our mini-bus taxi system (which I am to dumb to understand, and to scared to use).
So I thought UBER would solve this problem instantly, only to have discovered that UBER is not so widely operational as us GA pilots would like. I operate from Wonderboom, so transport in Gauteng is not so much an issue as I would drive to the airport in my own car and lock it up in the hangar.
Anyone operating from a remote field flying into Gauteng (or Durban or PE or Cape Town) is much more fortunate as these cities now have well-established UBER serivces.
However, there is good news! For us city boys flying to smaller towns, there is BOLT (formerly taxify). I used it on Monday when I travelled with the TB-10 to Potchefstroom for a hospital site inspection! I can honestly say that the experience was just as good as UBER, and I found the drivers and their vehicles just a friendly and on descent standard. Best is, there are fantastic discounts for new users, so I got away for less than R100 return roaming around Potch!
Thanks to my two drivers, Lesly and Emmanuel, you guys were very professional and lightning fast to arrive - I hope your business ventures turn out well! Emmanual was not aware that there is an airport at Potch, and although I had to admit that there are not schedule flights, I knew there are many of you guys flying into Potch often who will be looking for a ride!
Please support these people - if they don't get business the initiative will fail! And really, paying a 100 bucks to roam around a town is a bargain - especially when you compare to your landing fee and AVGAS costs!
I hope they will be adding more towns. Mahikeng, Tzaneen, Hoedspruit, Upington perhaps??
Please check out their website and download the app on your phone!
I had a peep on BOLT's website, and the number of cities/towns participating is quite impressive:
Support these guys, the more business they get the more smaller towns will join, the more we can boost some of those economies into gear again!
- Six Tousand
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I generally find Bolt to be cheaper than Uber, but Uber provides their drivers with more benefits.