Mobile apps I use in and around Johannesburg (2 of 2)

Mobile apps run more than our phones. They literally help us run our lives.

This article is the second part of Mobile apps I use in and around Johannesburg (1 of 2).

In part one, I listed and described two apps I use in and around Jozi i.e. WhatsApp and VayaMoja.

3. Twitter mobile app

Mobile app - Twitter

Twitter is my go-to mobile app for all things news and chitchat. In fact, I live and breath on the streets of Twitter! These social streets can be mean, strict, entertaining and wild, all at once. I spend 80% of my time on this platform observing the ever-unfolding drama of ‘follow‘ trains.

I enjoy reading varying perspectives. So, my favorite part of Twitter is the diversity of perspectives on a particular topic.

However, separating real and fake news is a challenge today especially on mobile apps such as Twitter. Lots of fake news abound on Twitter. My grudge with some Twitter users remains their lack of respect for human dignity as well as the careless distribution of half-truths, rumours, and lies. Otherwise, Twitter beats the other social media apps hands down!

Download Twitter app on Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

4. Zulzi mobile app

Sometimes, you feel like not stepping outside your house. Dressing up and driving to the mall can be a turn-off and it is too time-consuming. The creators of Zulzi identified this frustration all too well.

Zulzi is a revolutionary mobile app that allows you to order from Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay, Dis-Chem, Spar Tops, and Clicks (in +/- 1 hour).

The mobile app tracks and communicates as personal shoppers choose products in real time. There is also a driver who will deliver your order to your door. For me, this is classic. 

Mobile app - Zulzi

Our experience with Zulzi

My family and I have been using Zulzi for over 6 months for grocery shopping, on an ad hoc basis. Honestly, the customer service is satisfactory. The shoppers are sometimes careless but they make up for it when you point it out. For example, there was a day we requested and paid for two tubs of ice cream and one of them had already been open (not eaten though). We spotted the error only after unpacking the groceries. We sent our shopper feedback and surprisingly, they replaced the ice cream. We also like the fact that they go to any length to find our requested items. Zulzi has proven to be a trusted app for our personal shopping needs during busy and lazy days.

Download the Zulzi app on Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

5. Khwela mobile app

Kwelha is a relatively new South African mobile app. It is specifically designed to assist commuters of taxis. The mobile app makes it easy to find the closest taxi ranks, contact details of taxi rank officials and the rank’s operating hours. It also shows you taxi fares, the routes operated by such ranks and it reports road incidents.

Mobile app - Khwela

In my case, I rarely use the public taxis but I love the Khwela app for its excellent reportage on road traffic incidences. I have avoided several traffic delays as a result of this mobile app’s brilliant traffic incidents via push notifications.

Khwela notifies you of major and minor road incidents e.g. road accidents, road construction, police roadblocks, protest action, flood incidence, traffic light malfunction, vehicle breakdowns, and stationary vehicles in the middle of the road.

These are some of the traffic incident notifications that help me choose routes. The mobile app’s notifications also help me to be cautious and keep road safety a priority while driving. Thank you to the creators of this brilliant mobile app.

Download Khwela app on Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

6. Wave mobile app

As an entrepreneur, it is important to cut cost while seeking to maximise profit (without compromising product and service quality). The free Wave invoicing app is one way for me to cut costs on my business administration. I find it to be very user-friendly. It gives me the freedom to assign invoicing and receipt accounts for my clients with the ease of enumerating the quantity, price, tax information and description of the goods or services that I offer. 

Download the Invoice by Wave Financial app on Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

Mobile app - Wave Invoice

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