Vodacom spokesman Byron Kennedy said the dismissal meant that "good-faith negotiations have to resume determining reasonable compensation for Mr Makate's idea that led to development of the Please Call Me product". Makate, who has to pay the costs of the failed application, said this week that the application had not been in vain because now "we will resume talks as assumed under oath on revenue share, and they [Vodacom] will avail us records. These are the things they did not own up to behind the scenes." In April last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that Vodacom must enter into negotiations to determine reasonable compensation for Makate, on whose idea the Please Call Me product is based. The negotiations deadlocked and, in court papers, Makate said Vodacom had withheld records and other information that would assist his negotiators. But in his affidavit, Vodacom's chief of legal and regulatory affairs, Nkateko Nyoka, denied that the company was being obstructive. He said Vod...

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