'Please-Call-Me' inventor in line for huge Vodacom pay-out

Nkosana Makate
Nkosana Makate

A South African inventor has won a court battle against Vodacom that entitles him to significantly more than the $3m (P35m) compensation offered to him by the telecommunications giant.

Nkosana Makate, who invented Vodacom’s “Please Call Me” texting service, described the judgement as “a big relief”.

“The court ruling in my favour is a vindication. It’s been a long time coming. I know they might appeal but this judgement for me is a huge relief and encouragement,” he told the BBC.

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