Each Friday night, at about the same time, an army of scooters descends on gated communities around SA to deliver takeout meals. It’s creating a world of security problems at upmarket estates such as those near Dainfern in northern Joburg. The estate managers overseeing this influx of delivery vehicles find themselves having to track whether the vehicles are going to the right housing unit and leaving promptly once their deliveries are made. It’s a problem that didn’t exist a few years ago. That’s because the technology underpinning this service — smartphones with global positioning devices — did not exist at a price point most people could afford. "Five years ago a service like this would have been impossible," says Mr D Food CEO Devin Sinclair. The rise in number and increasing affordability of hand-held devices with incredible computer processing power have laid the foundation for a revolution in food delivery, says Sinclair. The combination of smartphones and the ability to make...

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