How to make your own app in South Africa

Anyone can now build their very own mobile application, no need to code, just drag and drop. Create powerful, functional mobile apps for many different types of businesses. Create it yourself, publish it yourself and manage it yourself. It couldn’t be easier!

How to make your own app

I have written about the cost to develop a mobile application here in South Africa. Today I would like to introduce you to an amazing, cheap alternative means for you to create your own mobile application. I will show you how to make your own app using a simple, intuitive drag and drop interface. It doesn’t get much easier than this. And yet, it will allow you to create mobile apps for a wide variety of business cases.

For more information and specifics, please visit the UPstart Mobile Apps website. But here’s the short version…it is free to register and login. Once logged in, you can create an app by giving it a name and clicking on the “create” button. Then you choose a template and layout. Adjust some settings based on that. Choose your currency. Edit the colours to fit in with your existing identity. Then add in the features you want…finally adjust your publishing settings and when you are ready to publish, subscribe. This will allow you to get the code you need to create your Android and iOS applications. Publish these to your own app store accounts and you’re live!

UPstart mobile apps offers a comprehensive video knowledgebase, packed with ‘how-to’ information which will show you exactly how to make your own app in no time at all!

Build your own mobile applications

Here is the video introduction to your UPstart apps “Dashboard”, this is where you start. Here is how you create new apps, edit existing ones, delete the oopsies and manage your apps in general.

For more, please see their Knowledge base: UPstart Apps Knowledgebase

Make your own app with powerful features


In one go, you can create applications that run on IPhone and Android, as well as a Webapp.

Creation made easy

No technical knowledge required to create your own customized applications.

Loyalty Card

Create a digital loyalty program featuring one or several cards.


Get the store sales rolling with simple, high-performance discounts.

Push Notifications

Let businesses contact their clients whenever they want and whenever the need arises. It’s unlimited.

Thorough statistics

Keep an eye on your operations at a glance. See what features are most popular with users.

Photo / Video gallery

Highlight events and stores with attractive multimedia galleries.


Gain the advantage of a well-managed client base. Gather information to be used for targeted operations.

News Wall

Enable store to share with their clients and get feedback.

Your design

Customise every pages with your colors and every background with your images.

Custom Pages

Create pages with the content you need: text, photo galleries, videos, etc.

Contact pages

Allow one-touch-call, geolocation, links to social pages, and much more.


Allow users to book a place or anything you want, with an easy and multi-store plug-in.

Unlimited pages

Create as many custom pages as you need. It’s unlimited.


Receive QR Code and POS ads to make the application known.

Free trial

Play with UPstart Apps as much as you like. You’ll only pay when you want to publish your application.

What kind of apps & functionality can you make?

Community apps: Schools, sports clubs, churches & any similar groups who need an app to aggregate information they post on their website, calendar & social media. Something to send push notifications to users, based on user defined interests. Somewhere they can easily and quickly add information or downloads or useful links.

Shop apps: Restaurants, coffee shops, caterers & most online shops can be easily supported. From presenting your full menu or products, to taking in app orders & payments. For loyalty cards, discount coupons and competitions. Geo-targeted push notifications for people in the area and much more.

Types of businesses/apps you can make: Job seeker, service delivery, mcommerce, local radio station, golf clubs, food trucks, markets, franchises.

Here is a video introduction to the “features tab” where you add functions to your mobile app.

What are the costs involved?

It is free to sign-up and build your app. You will only have to start paying when you publish your app. The monthly fee, when you want to publish, is R 899/month. This includes unlimited usage, installs and push notifications.

It is locally hosted and supported so you know it will work fast and the support will understand your needs!