Bolt expands into Zimbabwe

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye
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Estonian e-taxi company, Bolt has expanded its services in Harare, Zimbabwe. As part of the move, Bolt is waiving commissions from drivers for at least six months as part of its launch strategy, a similar approach employed during the platform’s introduction in Zambia. Unlike its standard 18% commission in countries like Kenya, Bolt has opted for no commission and eliminated booking fees.

This expansion into Zimbabwe marks Bolt’s presence in its twelfth country since its inaugural launch in South Africa in 2016.

Before entering Zimbabwe, Bolt conducted pilot operations in Zambia in October 2023. Positioned as Bolt’s third station in the southern Africa region, it will cater to both corporate and individual ride-hailing needs.

Laurent Koerge, Head of Expansion at Bolt, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “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 high demand due to competitive prices. Accordingly, our commission is significantly lower than that of our competitors.”

In early 2023, Bolt announced a substantial investment of over €500 million in the African market, aiming to create job opportunities for over 300,000 drivers.

Presently operating in 45 countries globally, Bolt serves more than 150 million customers and collaborates with over 3 million drivers.

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