‘Please Pay Me’ Vo­da­com – in­ven­tor

Pretoria News - - METRO - | Shaun Smil­lie

Nkosana Makate, the man cred­ited with in­vent­ing the “Please Call Me” call­back ser­vice, has called a com­pen­sa­tion deal by his for­mer em­ployer Vo­da­com an in­sult.

Ac­cord­ing to Makate, Vo­da­com made the of­fer of what they con­sider “rea­son­able com­pen­sa­tion” last week.

“There is ab­so­lutely no agree­ment, this is an in­sult and it is shock­ing,” said Makate.

He added that he was meet­ing with his le­gal team to see what op­tions were avail­able to him. The deal comes al­most a decade after Makate started court pro­ceed­ings against Vo­da­com for credit and fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion for the ser­vice.

It was Makate who came up with the idea, al­though a for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive first took credit.

About 140 000 cus­tomers made use of the ser­vice on its first day in op­er­a­tion. An ini­tial de­vel­op­ment plan in 2001 said Vo­da­com could make as much as $23mil­lion (R318.2m) a day from peo­ple us­ing the ser­vice. How­ever, Vo­da­com’s to­tal rev­enue rose by about R3.6 bil­lion in the 2003 fi­nan­cial year.

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