In recent times, Uber has faced varying security challenges across Africa. In a case in Johannesburg recently, three people were attacked while allegedly ubering.
Du Toit, who has several years of experience in the security industry, will help in Uber’s quest to find a lasting solution to the problems.
“We are excited to have Deon join the team and we believe his wealth of experience will bring a tighter focus on security,” said David Myers, Uber Middle East and Africa head of trust and security.
Uber is also adding new features to its app to ensure its drivers and riders are safe and secure.
Riders across South Africa will now see the colour of the Uber coming to pick them up. This is in addition to the driver image, vehicle type and licence plate.
The feature is being trialled and not available to everyone. Eventually though, it will be available to everyone in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa.
“Our goal is to provide reliable, affordable and safe transportation and this can only happen when both riders and drivers feel safe,” Uber stated.
Also, Uber is trialling an in-vehicle SOS button in Johannesburg. The SOS buttons will be installed in selected vehicles and linked to Uber’s central security system.
“The security team will monitor the devices 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This update will allow driver-partners to connect to a broad base of emergency services and receive advice in a critical situation. Should the pilot prove useful, this feature could be introduced to the other cities across South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa,” Uber added.