'Please Call Me' inventor scores victory against SA's conglomerate Vodacom

Kenneth Nkosana Makate, who for years has said he invented the Please Call Me concept, won his battle against the SA’ s biggest mobile network company Vodacom.

The case was taken to South Africa’s highest legal authority, the Constitutional Court, where Vodacom was ordered to compensate Makate.

According to Makate, the idea was conceived when he was trying to bridge the communication challenges between him and his girlfriend without the use of airtime.

I mentioned the idea to my then boss Mr Philip Geissler.

Kenneth Nkosana Makate,'Please call me' inventor

Listen to the full conversation below:

It didn’t take them long. It was conceptualised in November, they were introductions in December and launched in February.

Kenneth Nkosana Makate, 'Please call me' inventor

He says he will still go through negotiations with Vodacom to figure out exactly how much is due to him.


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