‘Please Name Me’ inventor says he’s upbeat forward of assessment listening to over R47 million payout


  • Nkosana Makate and Vodacom will once more sq. off in courtroom in early Might for one more listening to within the protracted ‘Please Name Me’ saga. 
  • Following a Constitutional Courtroom ruling in 2019, Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub supplied Makate R47 million for arising with the idea.
  • However Makate, who’s demanding R10 billion, has mentioned the supply isn’t sufficient.

“Please Name Me” inventor Nkosana Makate says a courtroom date has been set for a assessment listening to of the R47 million in compensation he has been supplied by SA’s largest mobile firm Vodacom.

Makate and Vodacom have confronted off in courtroom on quite a few events in a protracted authorized dispute over compensation for arising with the messaging service twenty years in the past.

Following a Constitutional Courtroom ruling in 2019, Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub supplied him R47 million.

However Makate, who’s demanding over R10 billion, mentioned the supply isn’t sufficient.

The 2 events will now meet within the Pretoria Excessive Courtroom between 4-6 Might for a assessment listening to of the compensation supply.

“I’m feeling very upbeat concerning the assessment,” Makate mentioned on Saturday.

“We’re on the final stretch of the struggle with Vodacom, and the courts would be the final arbiter.”

Additional appeals have been at all times potential, he added.

Whereas Vodacom didn’t disclose the quantity they supplied Makate in 2019, the telecoms group mentioned on the time it was “substantial” and would “face up to the scrutiny of the courts’.

“We’ve got acted ethically in resolving the matter,” it mentioned in 2019. “We name for sane and funky heads to prevail in our present extremely politicised surroundings as we resolve this matter.”

The group has additionally mentioned that when Please Name Me launched it didn’t “generate any income for Vodacom as subscribers weren’t charged for the service”.

“It was supplied totally free. The meant plan to cost for it after an preliminary interval was deserted, since there have been many comparable companies out there, which have been supplied totally free.  It’s not, nor ever has been a money-spinner.”

Nonetheless, as Fin24 beforehand reported, Makate’s authorized consultant instructed that Please Name Me generated no less than R205 billion in name income for Vodacom since 2001.

– Further reporting by Sibongile Khumalo 

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