‘Please Pay Me’ Vodacom – inventor
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.