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Timeline: Nkosana Makate, Vodacom and the Please Call Me saga

Former Vodacom employee Nkosana Makate and the mobile network service have been in a court battle over the invention of the Please Call Me function for more than 10 years.

Times Live , South Africa Jan 16, 2019

Vodacom Please Call Me saga still far from over

Nkosana Kenneth Makate Picture: Leon Nicholas/African News Agency (ANA) Archives Johannesburg - Cellphone giant Vodacom insists that a settlement has been reached with its former employee Nkosana Makate, who invented the “Please Call Me” service.

IOL , South Africa Jan 14, 2019

Please Call Me saga still far from over

Nkosana Kenneth Makate Picture: Leon Nicholas/African News Agency (ANA) Archives Johannesburg - Cellphone giant Vodacom insists that a settlement has been reached with its former employee Nkosana Makate, who invented the “Please Call Me” service.

IOL , South Africa Jan 14, 2019

5 important things happening in South Africa today

Nkosana Makate said he and his legal team are looking at options to challenge the payout from Vodacom for the idea.

Business Tech , South Africa Jan 14, 2019

‘Please Call Me’ inventor Makate vows to keep fighting Vodacom for his money

‘Please Call Me’ inventor Makate vows to keep fighting Vodacom for his money Vodacom said in a statement on Friday that it now views the ‘Please Call Me compensation’ matter as closed.

EWN , South Africa Jan 14, 2019

Communications minister tells Vodacom to ‘pay up’ in Please Call Me saga

The statement came after Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Twitter that people must stand by “Nkosana ‘Please Call Me’ Makate” against “this bully called Vodacom”.

Business Tech , South Africa Jan 13, 2019

Minister tells Vodacom to 'shut up & do the right thing' over Makate saga

Minister tells Vodacom to 'shut up & do the right thing' over Makate saga Nkosana Makate, who invented the Please Call Me service while still an employee at Vodacom, has been involved in a long battle with his former employer involving the intellectual property of the service.

EWN , South Africa Jan 13, 2019

Ex-employee who invented Safaricom's Please Call Me to receive compensation

The telco giant announced it would be paying Kenneth Makate handsomely for the popular 'Please Call Me' idea after a negotiation deadlock over compensation and credit for the free SMS service was reportedly unlocked.

Tuko , Kenya Jan 13, 2019

‘Please Call Me’ creator Nkosana Makate denies Vodacom payment agreement

Makate and Vodacom have been involved a legal battle for almost a decade now, around the ownership rights of the “Please Call Me” feature which allows customers to send the SMS message with zero balance on their phones.

EWN , South Africa Jan 11, 2019