Don

17 February 2015, Cape Town

GoMetro launches an “Email-Your-Boss” button today to bring relief to late workers in Western Cape and Gauteng

In another move to help South African commuters by using mobile technology, GoMetro has launched a service for commuters to initiate an email to their employers from a delayed train – no matter their device type. This button has been designed for the South African developing environment for users who do not have email addresses and are accessing train times and delays on older phones – they don’t even need an internet connection.

Employees on their way to work who are delayed or late due to train delays and disruptions can now send their employers an Email by visiting m.gometro.co.za and clicking on the Email-My-Boss feature: Western Cape, or: Gauteng. Alternatively, they can access it via USSD by dialing *120*4668#

GoMetro CEO, Justin Coetzee, “GoMetro was started in 2012 to solve a major pain-point for commuters who get to work by train. Every time there is a delay or disruption to trains in the Western Cape and Gauteng, workers who are late need to stand in long queues in order to receive letters to give their employers in order not to receive written warnings. GoMetro has solved that pain-point today by quickly generating a late note from their mobile phones – even if they don’t have an internet connection thanks to USSD *120*4668#.”

GoMetro is integrated into Metrorail Control Centres in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, servicing more than 4 million commuters who use trains on a daily basis. This live-feed on line updates and delays inform more than 200,000 users per month on the state of their transport – GoMetro now wants to keep every employer to be as informed about delays and disruptions too.

Marnus Lottering, GoMetro Community Manager, points out “the service is not intended to send employers a daily email with general train delay information. Every email an Employer receives is an individual request made by an employee at that particular time to send an individual email.” Any abuse or misrepresentation of the service can be reported by the Employer.

This service currently is only available to GoMetro users in the Western Cape and Gauteng, but will be rolled out to KwaZulu-Natal in the near future. Commuters can access this service by clicking on the Email-my-Boss button on GoMetro.co.za or m.gometro.co.za – or even by dialing *120*4668#

GoMetro is a South African mobile startup transforming public transport in South Africa by improving the customer experience by means of mobile technology. More information can be accessed by emailing media@gometro.co.za

Email Your Boss

A sample of the email that employers will receive from their Employees by means of GoMetro is as follows:

Subject Line: [EMPLOYEE NAME] would like to let you know he is currently delayed

Template Text for the email:

[GoMetro LOGO]

Good day [BOSS NAME],

This email is being sent by GoMetro.co.za to you on the request of your employee, [EMPLOYEE NAME]. He uses Metrorail to get to work, and would like to notify you about a delay he is experiencing today on his way.

[EMPLOYEE NAME] would like to inform you that he is en-route to work, but has been delayed today in coming to work due to train delays on the [LINE] Line. Please see the line status updates by clicking on this link. Line Update.

If you have other employees who use Metrorail to get to work, please tell them about this free service. They can request an email to be sent to you by visiting: [LINK TO GOMETRO MINI POST PAGE]

Please note that this is not a service that will email you every day with general train delay information. We do not want to spam you. Every email you receive is an individual request made by your employee at that particular time to send you an individual email.Further, we do not store your email address beyond processing each individual request of the email. Your personal data is yours.

Regards,

The GoMetro Team

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