South Africa has a new online platform which lets any consumer who owns a motorbike, truck, or car to begin providing courier services around the city or over longer distances.
The web-based system is named Thutha, which means ‘move’ in isiZulu.
Launched on April 1, Thutha allows delivery partners to sign up and bid on transport jobs posted by members of the public.
Once the bids are in, the customer can choose their delivery partner, and get their delivery done, whether it’s delivering a letter from one company to another, or moving house across the country.
Thutha was founded by Durban-based businessman Elton Apelgren.
No stranger to hard work and side hustles during 14 years in the UK, Elton moved back to South Africa and found himself in the transport industry, having invested in a small fleet.
“It wasn’t quite going the way I anticipated, so before I exhausted all my funds I thought: ’I’m going to sit and have a think about this’,” he says.
“I believe in fasting and praying for answers. Two days before I ended my fast, I woke up with the idea of Thutha.”
Elton shared the idea with family and friends, and realising its potential, joined up with a developer who could bring his dream to reality.
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