Please call me maybe


Please call me maybe

It takes investors with deep pockets to champion the rights of the little folk. 

Judgment in the Constitutional Court case of Vodacom vs Kenneth Makate, handed down on 26 April, has been applauded as a victory for the small man, a classic case of David versus Goliath.

True – and also misleading. This David would never have reached South Africa’s judicial battlefield had he not had the backing of some serious financial musclemen. It was Makate, a junior Vodacom employee at the time, who conceived the Please Call Me service back in 2000 – an app that has subsequently raked in billions for Vodacom, and other mobile phone operators, here and abroad. All Makate asked was for a slice of the cake, something he had negotiated upfront with his seniors at Vodacom when he introduced them to his idea.

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Submitted by : Clive Varejes of GALLO MANOR on 2016-06-10 16:49:43
Another great and incisive article from Barry Sergeant.
Undoubtedly one SA's best investigative journalists
 
Submitted by : Anthony Krijger on 2016-06-02 13:27:58
It's particularly pleasing to see that this particular Goliath was slain by a very worthy David. Vodacom is notoriously arrogant when dealing with claims and dismisses them usually with no response.

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