The Please Call Me negotiations between Vodacom and the service’s “founder” Nkosana Kenneth Makate have been put on hold after he applied to the courts seeking a clarification on the import and meaning of a Constitutional Court order.
On 26 April 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that Vodacom was bound by an agreement with Makate to compensate him for his Please Call Me idea.
The court ordered Vodacom to negotiate with Makate “in good faith” to determine “reasonable compensation” for his idea. At the time, Vodacom was given one month to start negotiations.
Negotiations have been slow and the latest court action by Makate is further delaying the matter.
Vodacom said it is, and has been, committed to engaging in negotiations to determine reasonable compensation for Makate.
“Despite our best efforts and endeavours in good faith, we are extremely disappointed that the negotiations have been put on hold by Makate’s latest court application,” said Vodacom.
“Notwithstanding its view that the court order is clear and unambiguous, Vodacom has made a number of attempts to resolve the current impasse and remains open to finding a fair solution.”
Vodacom said it is engaging in a process that will consider various computation methodologies, as opposed to one singular methodology demanded by Makate, to arrive at a reasonable amount of compensation to settle the matter.