The long-running legal dispute in the “please call me” saga between Vodacom and its former employee, Nkosana Makate, has taken another turn.
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In the latest round of the legal battle between Nkosana Makate and Vodacom, the telecommunications giant has been ordered to hand over financial records related to the service.
Nkosana Makate has revealed publicly for the first time that Vodacom offered him a settlement of R47-million during his latest compensation talks with the telecommunications giant.
Nkosana Makate’s drawn-out efforts to be financially compensated for inventing the “please call me” concept have led to another dramatic and nasty clash with lawyers.
In this episode of the podcast, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod is joined by Ari Kahn, the former MTN contractor who invented and patented the “Callme” service before rival Vodacom.
Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has apologised for an altercation she had with an SABC news crew who were filming an ANC provincial rally in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
The saga has also sparked a fierce debate about whether Makate or Vodacom’s rival MTN is the true inventor of the “please call me” service.
In the podcast this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack the soap opera that is the fight between Vodacom and its former employee, Nkosana Makate, over the “please call me” service.
It’s now well known that MTN South Africa patented a “please call me”-type service in the early 2000s, beating rival Vodacom to the punch.
Vodacom cannot pay the “inventor” of the “please call me” service, Nkosana Makate, more money because the outcome of the deadlock-breaking mechanism is legally binding, the company said on Friday.