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CAPE TOWN - The inventor of Vodacom’s Please Call Me service, Nkosana Makate is reportedly in a deadlock with Vodacom for reaching a payment agreement, reports Sunday Times. 

This comes after Makate has been involved in an 18 year battle with the mobile telecommunications group who has not given him credit for his invention. 

According to the latest report from the Sunday times, discussions between the telecommunications giant and Makate are reportedly still under way, but the two parties and their representatives are no where near reaching an accord. 

In an apparent attempt to speed up the agreement process, Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub will reportedly get involved in the matter. 

In April 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that the two parties reach a consensus and that negotiate how much Makate must be compensated. 

“After three dismissals in the lower courts, there were times where I felt like giving up. This is the end of the road. It's not what I chose, but I’m happy,” said Makate.

The shock verdict, read out by Justice Chris Jafta, noted how Vodacom had even used a company newsletter to credit and congratulate Makate for the idea, a clear indication that he was the inventor.

It has been widely reported that Vodacom made an estimated R70bn off the service and, in his initial claim, Makate wanted 15 percent – R10.5bn.

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