Vodacom Please Call Me battle is still not over
Vodacom is still in negotiations with Kenneth Makate over the invention of its Please Call Me service. The network said in its latest financial results that it is “involved in various legal proceedings”. “The Group’s management has determined that adequate provision has been made in respect of these legal proceedings as at 30 September 2017,” said Vodacom.
One of the open matters is the negotiations between Vodacom and Makate. “Negotiations with Mr Makate in accordance with the Constitutional Court order to determine a reasonable compensation for a business idea that led to a product known as Please Call Me are ongoing,” said Vodacom. Vodacom was ordered to compensate Makate for his role in the creation of the Please Call Me service by the Constitutional Court in 2016.
The Please Call Me service was implemented by the network in 2001.
The update on the negotiations follows talks between the parties breaking down in September, after which Vodacom said Makate had unilaterally terminated talks.