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WINNERS: Nkosana Kenneth Makate, centre, poses with his legal team after the  judgment in the Please Call Me case at the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein on Tuesday.  Picture:  FREDDY MAVUNDA

NEWS ANALYSIS: A hollow ringing down Vodacom’s technical line

’Please call me’ case shows the courts will take a dim view of technical legal defences as a way to avoid justice, writes Franny Rabkin

‘Please call me’ creator wins claim against Vodacom

Nkosana Makate. Picture: SOWETAN

Nkosana Makate took Vodacom to the Constitutional Court last year claiming millions from the company for his contribution to developing the ‘please call me’ idea

PIC alarmed by ‘excessive’ payment to former MTN boss

Sifiso Dabengwa. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Public Investment Corporation says it has told the cellphone network operator that it is strongly opposed ‘to what we see as gross misuse of shareholder funds’

Vodacom must negotiate with ‘please call me’ creator in good faith

Nkosana Makate. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Justice Chris Jafta says Vodacom must start talks within 30 days, and that ‘good faith’ means the two parties are not allowed to just to go through the motions

‘Please call me’ developer 'has no hard feelings' towards Vodacom

Nkosana Makate. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Nkosana Makate says he is ready to move on with his life after finally winning his claim in the Constitutional Court

Opinion

Kenyan example shows Africa is on the right technology path

The private sector tends to be the main beneficiary of bilateral treaties, with governments weakened by a lack of negotiating capacity. Picture: ISTOCK

Africa’s tech movement can be traced back to Kenya, home to major technological innovations and the Silicon Savannah


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