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Five most useful mobile sites and apps in South Africa




Jumia can be described as Africa’s Amazon. It’s the first African tech startup in history to register on Wall Street’s radar and to be listed in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). This online marketplace offers a variety of products such as electronics, clothes, and anything in between, including a flight and hotel booking site. And if that wasn’t enough, even a service for ordering takeaway food. Unlike many other services, Jumia accepts mobile payments. And this is important across a continent where most people don’t have credit or debit cards.


Whatsapp has been around for 10 years now but its popularity is no lower than it was when it was first released. This is because it allows people to send text messages, make voice calls and video calls, images, documents, and user location for free. Whatsapp started by being a solely mobile app but you can run the Whatsapp Web version on your computer desktop anytime, as long as your mobile is switched on and next to you. There are no international charges on Whatsapp, which is a good thing as most people use it to communicate with friends and family in other countries.


One thing you won’t find on many other apps is a comprehensive guide to gambling with a top list of South African Mobile casinos that accept the South African Rand (ZAR) for Apple, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Tablet. The site also features the best Poker, Sports betting, and Lottery sites so if games of chance are your idea of entertainment, this site is for you. When it comes to player safety you are in good hands too. This gambling portal is approved and endorsed by the eCOGRA- and independent and internationally accredited standards and player protection authority for the gambling industry, as well as approved and certified by CAP, the quality and fairness assurance agency.


Uber is a ride-sharing app available in South Africa since 2012. While it’s not exactly new, it is still very popular. When you need a ride, the app connects you to drivers near you so that they know where to pick you up. It’s easy and you can pay with cash or on a card. Part of Uber’s success is how efficient this service is, allowing you to save time and money. In recent years Uber branched out into more specific versions such as UberX for the cheapest and fast individual journey, or UberPOOL for an even cheaper and environmentally friendly option as you share your ride with other passengers going your way, or UberBLACK for a high-end vehicle and a more classy experience.


Cell411 is a platform which allows you to issue emergency alerts to your network of friends anyone else who wants to join your network. It can be used for any kind of trouble you may find yourself in. From a broken-down car to medical emergencies and personal safety concerns, this app allows you to share the details of your emergency at a click of a button. Perhaps most importantly, the app reaches out to everyone in your network and shares your exact GPS coordinates so that everyone contacted can rush to your help.