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Bolt Driver Salary in South Africa - Real Numbers for Take-home Earnings

Updated Mar 08, 2021

by Staff Writer


2 minutes read

Bolt drivers earn way higher salaries than meter taxi drivers in South Africa.

I know a lot of people who are full-time employees that work with Bolt for passive income.

According to Bolt, drivers earn up to R8,000.00 per week but we have the real numbers for you.

So let me show you.

Bolt Driver Salary in South Africa

How Much Can You Really Make?

While it's true that you can make R8,000.00 per week with Bolt South Africa.

Unfortunately, that'll not be your take-home salary per week but probably per month.

Here's what I mean:

For every trip you make, Bolt charges a booking fee plus 20% commission.

That means you would basically take home about R6,200.00 per week. And about R24,800.00 per month by joining Bolt South Africa.

And that amount excludes fuel (petrol and diesel) fees, traffic fines, and annual vehicle service to ensure clients rate the comfort of your vehicle high.

This also depends on the number of hours you put in, as a driver, to reach the R8,000.00 per week target.

And that's also if you're driving your own car. If you're driving someone else's car on Bolt, then you'll have to come up with a better structure and agreement to split the money earned per week.

Here's how much I made last week:

And finally, this is way higher than a normal taxi driver salary in South Africa.

Increase Your Weekly Revenue

So you're struggling to reach the R8,000.00 mark every week.

Perhaps your strategy is wrong, it's time to change it.

Bolt has published the best times to drive around to boost your earnings.

You must try to drive during the busier times such as 6:00-9:00 in the mornings and 16:00-19:00 in the evenings on weekdays.

Photo by Bolt South Africa

The Best Places To Drive in Johannesburg

Bolt shares areas in Johannesburg with the most rides.

If your want to boost your Bolt driver salary, you might want to drive in the right places.

Though the Covid19 Pandemic stopped a lot of events in South Africa, it's always wise to look out for those big events that'll make you more money.

Anyway, here's a list of busy areas in Joburg:

  • Sandton
  • Illovo
  • Parkhurst
  • Bryanston
  • Rivonia
  • Joburg Central
  • OR Tambo Airport
  • Melville
  • Hatfield
  • Centurion
  • Menlyn

Look Out For Bonuses Too!

Bolt is often running promotions for clients that use the app for traveling around the country.

But they also give bonuses for hardworking drivers that are always there for customers.

Bolt sends drivers messages whenever they qualify for a bonus, so you must check your bonus notifications.

One example of how Bolt drivers earn bonuses, they may challenge you to do at least 10 rides per day and earn your bonus.