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Zero-rate mobile services for health, education and development now

Operators must work together — if each network picks which sites to zero-rate, access to information will be determined by the colour of a person’s sim card

Madonsela backs calls for Vodacom to settle Please Call Me saga

The former public protector has urged the mobile company to ‘do the right thing’ by resolving the impasse with the inventor of the phone service

Vodacom ‘Please Call Me’ settlement offer ‘an insult’ – Makate

Vodacom claims to have reached a settlement with Nkosana Makate but he has refuted these claims

‘Please Call Me’ inventor agrees to Vodacom gag order

Vodacom approached the High Court to seek an interdict to prohibit Nkosana Makate from disclosing any information to outside parties

There’s still no answer to Please Call Me. Now they want the arbitrator to hang up

New ‘sideshow’ stalls Nkosana Makate’s negotiation with Vodacom.

How to stretch your prepaid airtime buck

Cash-strapped cellphone users are recharging for as little as R2, as pressure mounts for free SMSes.

Please Call Me about paying me

The high-profile case against Vodacom has cast a spotlight on litigation financiers.

Mr Please Call Me’s story destined for a book and the big screen

Rebecca Davis interviews Nkosana Makate, the originator of Vodacom’s free messaging concept, who’s won his 15-year battle against the cellphone giant.

Vodacom’s ‘Please Call Me’ case: Investing in the fight for justice

The financing of the "Please Call Me" litigation is the first of its kind in South Africa. But why are South Africans so captivated by the case?

‘Please Call Me’ plaintiff got R5m boost

Sterling-Rand has emerged as plaintiff Nkosana Makate's financial backer in the Vodacom Please Call Me case.

Vodacom, Makate wait for ‘Please Call Me’ judgment

Nkosana Makate is now waiting on judgment after his case against his former employer over the invention of its Please Call Me service closed.

Former Vodacom CEO testifies in ‘Please Call Me’ case

Alan Knott-Craig made his first appearance in court in the case brought against Vodacom about the invention of the Please Call Me.

Former Vodacom employee’s ‘Please Call Me’ case goes to court

A man claiming that he invented the Please Call Me has been vindicated after Vodacom failed to have the case scrapped, says Business Report.

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

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