#PayMakate Movement Wants R70 Billion From Vodacom

The activists are demanding that Vodacom, which is owned by British mobile phone giant, pays the "Please Call Me Inventor" R70 billion in compensation.

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Nkosana Makate
Nkosana Makate

The #PayMakate movement is gaining steam.

The activists are demanding that Vodacom, which is owned by British mobile phone giant, pays the “Please Call Me Inventor” R70 billion in compensation.

Nkosana Makate developed the “Please Call Me” product in November 2000.

In 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that Vodacom must pay Makateas the inventor of the “Please Call Me” service.

The battle has been drawn for more than 10 years and the settlement negotiations have still not been completed after Makate won a drawn-out battle with Vodacom.

Vodacom in its financial results for six months to end-September 2018, stated that negotiations with Makate have deadlocked and the matter has been referred to Shameel Joosub, Vodacom’s CEO to determine reasonable compensation.

Now the #PayMakate movement is putting pressure on Joosub to settle and they are demanding R70 billion.

Today, the #PayMakate movement activists have place banners on the N1 South Olifantsfontein Road Bridge, a few blocks away from Vodacom’s headquarters in Midrand.

The #PayMakate movement has place banners stating “Vodacom Lying To JSE and Investors. Vodacom Setting Aside ConCour Order.”

The #PayMakate movement has been popping up everywhere, see below:

More protests

Twitter protestors

Protestors at Vodacom headquarters

Protestors at Vodacom Shop

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