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Nkosana Makate Biography, Family, Net Worth & more.



Nkosana Makate

is renowned for introducing the “Please Call Me” concept to Vodacom, allowing users to request calls even without sufficient credit.

 Nkosana Makate Biography

Prominent South African finance executive made waves in the telecom sector at Vodacom with his innovative “Please Call Me” idea. Makate was born in 1977 and grew up in Katlehong, a township in the East Rand of Ekurhuleni. His mother, who wanted to become a teacher, put a lot of effort into her studies, and the absence of his father affected Makate's early years.

Makate completed his matric at Alabang High School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree at an undisclosed institution. He began his career at Vodacom in 1995 as part of its trainee accounting program. In 2000, while dating his future wife, Rebecca Makate, a medical student, Makate conceived the innovative “Please Call Me” service, a free message requesting a callback, to help communicate without excessive airtime costs. Makate's journey demonstrates his dedication to education and career growth.

Upon sharing his idea with Philip Geissler, his supervisor and director of product development at Vodacom, Makate received a verbal agreement that promised him a share of the service's revenue, estimated at 15-20%. The Please Call Me service, launched in 2001, garnered immense popularity, contributing over R200 billion to Vodacom's revenue. Despite the service's success, Makate never received compensation for his inventive contribution.

Departing Vodacom in 2004, Makate pursued various roles in the finance sector, including positions at Nedbank and the City of Johannesburg. However, in 2008, he initiated a legal battle against Vodacom, alleging a breach of the verbal agreement and claiming rightful compensation for his invention, which he estimated at R10.5 billion. The legal saga endured for eight years, with the South Gauteng High Court ruling in his favor in 2014, acknowledging him as the inventor but denying compensation due to an expired claim.

Undeterred, Makate appealed to the Constitutional Court, which, in April 2016, recognized his invention and ordered Vodacom to negotiate reasonable compensation. The subsequent legal proceedings witnessed disputes over the amount and methodology of compensation, leading to the Supreme Court of Appeal's ruling in February 2024. Vodacom's appeal was dismissed, and the court-mandated compensation ranging from 5% to 10% of the total revenue generated by the Please Call Me service over 18 years.

As of now, the prolonged legal battle has positioned Nkosana Makate with an estimated net worth of R1 million, a figure poised to rise significantly with the impending compensation from Vodacom. Despite the challenges, Makate remains committed to supporting his family, community, and charitable causes.

Married to pediatrician Rebecca Makate, with whom he shares three children, Makate's resilience, courage, and dedication have made him not only a symbol of triumph over adversity but also a revered figure and mentor within South Africa. His journey, marked by innovation and perseverance, serves as an inspiration for aspiring inventors and advocates for the protection of intellectual property rights.

Nkosana Makate Age

As of February 2024,  Makate is 47 years old. He was born in Gauteng, South Africa in 1977.

Nkosana Makate Height

He stands at a height of 1.75m.

Nkosana Makate Parents

According to reports, Nkosana was brought up by a single mother, whose identity is unknown.

Nkosana Makate Wife

Nkosana is married to Rebecca Makate, a pediatrician, and their union is blessed with three children.

Nkosana Makate Siblings

There is no information about the siblings of Nkosana Makate.

Nkosana Makate Children

Nkosana has three children with his wife, Rebecca.

Nkosana Makate Twitter

Nkosana Makate's Twitter has over 16k followers and his handle is @makate_nkosana.

Nkosana Makate Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of R1 million.



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