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Cybatar

Don’t fancy queuing for petrol? This app’s got you covered

If you’re looking for evidence that South African entreprenurs are embracing the idea of the on-demand economy in a big way, look no further than FillApp.

The app, built by software development house Cybatar, labels itself as “the first online filling station in Africa” and promises to “change the South African fuel retail industry forever”.

The Pretoria-based startup has been running a prelaunch customer development campaign through its website since August and claims to have acquired more than 900 users who “are ready to start using the services”.

FillApp is essentially Uber, but for petrol and gives people the option of ordering fuel from their preferred filling station for delivery. The company‚Äôs target is primarily those who run out of fuel away from a filling station and those who would prefer not to go to a garage for fuel. If you’re wondering where the startup makes its money, that would be the R30 delivery fee. It seems like a lot of effort if you’re in the position to be able to call friends and family, but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than AA membership for those that don’t.

#FillApp’s features include:

  • Fuel Cost Calculation
  • Fuel Request
  • Customer Feedback
  • Fill up Tracking

FillApp is available on the Google Play Store for free and will soon be available on the Apple App Store for free as well. FillApp is designed for all Android devices, iPhone and iPod touch.

The app web version of the app is available for all internet accessing devices for free.

Author Bio

Stuart Thomas: Senior Reporter
Stuart Thomas is a product of Rhodes University. Whilst completing his Bachelors in Journalism, Politics and English, he realised he was a bit of a geek, albeit one who isn't afraid of the sun. An honors in English at the same institution failed to curb this. An MA in... More
  • Interesting concept and great to hear the team managed to amass 900 users pre-launching their platform. I have one question from a customer’s point of view: what happens if my fuel is watered-down on its way to me and damage my car? Otherwise I wish the team all the best and all the fun building their startup.

  • Phiwa Nkambule

    Hi Hemis.Thank you for your question. Let me first start by clarifying that Cybatar is a software company, we do not own any petrol pump but simply get petrol for you from a petrol station in cases you are unable to.
    Cybatar’s service is not as open as Uber though, to protect consumers. We are responsible for the relationship with the customer to prevent cases where people start selling contaminated fuel just to make money.

    “Fuel water down” is a rare event, that may happen because of water entering the tanks at the filling station. We have planned to take all necessary preventive steps on our side. Should this happen, we are bound by Consumer Protection Regulations.

    • Phiwa Nkambule

      Hi Hemis.Thank you for your question. Let me first start by
      clarifying that Cybatar is a software company, we do not own any petrol
      pump but simply get petrol for you from a petrol station in cases you
      are unable to.
      Cybatar’s service is not as open as Uber though, to
      protect consumers. We are responsible for the relationship with the
      customer to prevent cases where people start selling contaminated fuel
      just to make money.

      “Fuel water down” is a rare event, that may
      happen because of water entering the tanks at the filling station. We
      have planned to take all necessary preventive steps on our side. Should
      this happen, we are bound by Consumer Protection Regulations.