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Uber, Bolt Drivers Strike in South Africa Over Costs

  • Fees have been raised to account for inflation, companies say
  • Ride-hailing drivers also call for increased regulation


Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Drivers who contract with Uber Technologies Inc., Bolt Technology OU and other ride-hailing services in South Africa embarked on a strike to protest against record-high gasoline prices and put pressure on the government to pass industry regulations to protect their rights. 

The nationwide strike will continue for three days starting Monday, said Vhatuka Mbelengwa, a spokesman for the drivers. A meeting held with government officials on Sunday failed to prevent the labor action, and talks between them about new rules are ongoing.