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uberBusinessLive reports that Uber is partnering with security and insurance company Chubb to cover its South African drivers in case of death or injury.  

The arrival of Uber in SA cities from 2013 has sparked several, often violent, protests and attacks by drivers of metered taxis.  A number of Uber drivers have been killed in hijacking incidents and taxi violence.  Uber driver-partners and Uber Eats delivery-partners will now be covered from the moment they accept a trip or delivery request‚ while driving to pick up a passenger, or on the way to a restaurant‚ until the trip ends.  The company said this was an important step in addressing some of the biggest concerns raised by Uber’s independent partners who relied on Uber’s app.  The cover will also provide assistance and legal representation to drivers and other third parties‚ with their claims being submitted to the Road Accident Fund at no additional cost to themselves.  In an event of an accident or a crime-related incident resulting in an injury during a trip‚ drivers and delivery-partners will also have access to emergency medical treatment‚ death payments and permanent disability payments.

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