Mobile communications giant Vodacom are set to approach the court to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling over the Please Call Me inventor, Nkosana Makate matter. On Tuesday, the SCA determined that Makate is entitled to receive between 5% to 7.5% of the total money generated from the idea, plus interest.

This is the revenue generated over an 18-year period, from 2001 to 2019.

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Vodacom had initially offered to pay Makate R47-million, an offer he refused. In February 2022, the high court in Pretoria, Gauteng found that the company had not offered Makate sufficient compensation in settlement for his invention. It ordered that a higher settlement amount be offered.

Vodacom has now been ordered to finalise a new offer within one month of the order. Following the ruling on Tuesday, Vodacom are now heading to the Constitutional Court.

VODACOM SURPRISED BY COURT RULING ON NKOSANA MAKATE MATTER  

“Vodacom is surprised and disappointed with the judgment. [It] will bring an application for leave to appeal before the Constitutional Court of South Africa within the prescribed period,” It said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

 Vodacom are set to approach the court to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling over the Please Call Me inventor, Nkosana Makate matter.
Please Call Me inventor, Nkosana Makate

On Tuesday the SCA dismissed Vodacom’s application for leave to appeal a previous ruling by the High Court in Pretoria. But also substituted parts of that ruling, including setting aside a R47-million determination made by Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub.

HOW THE PLEASE CALL ME CONCEPT STARTED

The Please Call Me concept started by Makate in 2001 is that a user without airtime can send a text message to another subscriber, who then calls them back.

Makate has consistently argued that Vodacom owes him a compensation of R10.2 billion. This excludes accumulated interest and all legal bills incurred since the Constitutional Court decision in 2016.

The Constitutional Court initially ordered the parties in 2016 to engage in good faith negotiations to determine reasonable compensation.

Makate has insisted for years that his negotiations with Vodacom have been anything but fair. He is requesting that the cell operator reveal all income generated by the Please Call Me idea.

Vodacom Limpopo handed over 201 new cold chain units valued at R2.7 million to the provincial Department of Health. This is to promote effective, safe vaccine vaccination drives in the province on Thursday at Seshego Pharmaceutical Depot.

Vodacom Group and Vodafone Foundation have donated R74 million in the procurement of cold chain equipment. Ensuring the safe delivery and administration of covid-19 vaccines and other life-saving medicine, to several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The 201 cold chain units received by Limpopo province consist of five vaccine freezers, 30 ice-lined vaccine fridges, 60 cooler boxes,100 electronic temperature loggers, two remote temperature devices and four remote probes.

The equipment will be distributed to 30 sites across five district municipalities in the province, Capricorn, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Vhembe and Waterberg.
According to MEC for the Department of Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, cold chain equipment plays an important role in the delivery of safe, effective vaccinations.

“Vaccines need uninterrupted refrigeration to meet certain temperature requirements, from the time of manufacture to the moment of administration. If the cold chain is broken at any point in this journey, the vaccine integrity may be compromised. Which means they become potentially unsafe for immunization,” said Ramathuba.

VODACOM HANDOVER 201 COLD CHAIN

Executive Head of Limpopo Region for Vodacom, Kugan Soobramani, accelerating vaccinations is critical in saving lives during the covid-19 crisis.

“Equally important is that these vaccines are transported and stored correctly so that they remain effective. The distribution of this cold chain equipment also ensures that there is greater access to safe vaccines. Especially for those living in hard-to-reach communities in the province.

“We have seen how the extraordinary collaboration of private and public sectors has helped overcome difficulties in the past two years. This donation supports our belief in the power of partnerships to go further together for a better future.

“Looking beyond the pandemic, this cold chain equipment can help the health department with the distribution of other vaccines and medicine. Ultimately, change lives,” said Soobramani.