Vodacom and Please Call Me “inventor” Nkosana Makate will soon resume negotiations over compensation for Makate, according to a report by the Sunday Times.
This follows Makate’s latest Constitutional Court application in his fight for compensation being dismissed.
Makate filed court papers in November, following a breakdown in negotiations between himself and Vodacom, seeking clarity on a Constitutional Court order against Vodacom.
In 2016, the Constitutional Court ordered Vodacom to engage in negotiations with Makate to compensate him for his Please Call Me idea which the network implemented in 2001.
Nkateko Nyoka, Vodacom’s chief legal and regulatory officer, said negotiations had broken down in September and “Makate had unilaterally terminated talks”.
Vodacom said “good-faith negotiations have to resume determining reasonable compensation for Mr Makate’s idea”.
Despite his latest court bid failing, Makate said it was not in vain.
“We will resume talks as assumed under oath on revenue share, and they [Vodacom] will avail us records,” he said.
“These are the things they did not own up to behind the scenes.”
The date for the resumption of the negotiations has not been determined.
The full report is in the Sunday Times of 19 February 2017.