Didi Chixung is a Chinese ride-hailing giant that has announced the closing of its South African operations.
The ride-hailing company has 16 locations, including Australia and Russia. It claims to have over 500 millions customers.
Didi’s debut into the South African market was expected to enhance rivalry with Uber and Bolt, the region’s and continent’s main ride-hailing providers.
“We have made the tough choice to cease operations in South Africa as of April 8,” a representative for Didi South Africa said. “Our goal has been to facilitate a smooth transition for everyone, and we’d want to thank our employees, drivers, riders, and partners for their generosity and support to DiDi.”
“We’ve re-evaluated where we can have the greatest immediate impact and are focusing on creating even deeper skills in other existing areas,” a representative for SA said.
The ride-hailing service implied that by exiting South African markets, it would be able concentrate on other regions in which it can have greater positive influences.
DiDi is the world’s second-largest ride-hailing service, after only Uber.