(Duncan Alfreds, News24)
Johannesburg - Public transport tracking app GoMetro has unveiled a new mobile website catering for all of South Africa’s 11 official languages.
GoMetro works in partnership with the Metrorail service to provide commuters with data on real-time train schedules, train fares, timetable deviations and platform changes in major cities.
The service - which can be accessed via the likes of an Android app and a website - also provides public bus schedules.
To date, the GoMetro service has notched up over 200 000 active users.
And GoMetro has now unveiled its GoMetro Mini website which caters for older mobile phones and all of SA’s official languages: Sepedi, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Venda, Tsonga, Ndebele, Swati, Afrikaans and English.
GoMetro said in a statement that its new mobile website is designed to use as little data as possible and targets the likes of older Nokia and BlackBerry handsets.
“Over the last two years, we have noticed GoMetro is sometimes the first internet site that a commuter from a township in South Africa will have ever visited,” said GoMetro CEO Justin Coetzee in a statement.
“Local transport information is very relevant content for commuters of all languages, and hearing about GoMetro motivates some users to try use the internet for the very first time,” Coetzee said.
GoMetro added in a statement that its mobile website was developed by an intern, Reginald Ledwaba.
GoMetro has received global recognition after it last year won a MEF Award at the Global Mobile Forum in San Francisco for the Best Innovation in a Growth Market.
The service also achieved second place at the ‘International Get in the Ring Business Investment Pitching Competition’, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, last year.