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South Africans support ex employee over Vodacom compensation offer.

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A settlement offered by South African mobile telecom provider Vodacom to a former employee Makate drew tens of protesters on the streets of Johannesburg on Thursday.

They’re calling for a better deal for a former Vodacom employee, who played a key role in creating the company’s call-back messaging service.

The service, allows Vodacom customers to send a free message to someone to call them when they can’t afford to make the call themselves.



“I think it’s very important because the poor cannot even even afford airtime, so how are they going to communicate with other people? So, the easiest way to actually communicate is actually to send a ‘Please Call Me’ that will allow the next person, who has airtime at that time to actually call you back”, said Makate supporter, David Tau.

The service is highly-popular in South Africa.

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And these protesters want Nkosana Makate, the man behind it to get 70 billion rand or about 5 billion U.S. dollars for it.

In 2016, Vodacom was ordered by South Africa’s top court to pay Makate for his role in creating the service.

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But the court did not set a specific compensation amount, leaving the two parties to figure it out.

Makate has called the settlement proposal “shocking and insulting”, but he didn’t say what he would consider to be a reasonable amount.

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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Nigerian Govt Seeks U.S.$1 Billion Loan for Power Sector Again.

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Apart from the accumulation of 2.74 trillion Naira the Nigerian government under the watch of President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Umar Yaradua and Goodluck Jonathan have differently spent on the development of the Power sector, Federal government have commenced discussion with the World Bank with the hope of taking a $1 billion loan.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed made this disclosure at the press briefing marking the end of the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, IMF, in Washington DC, USA, yesterday.

Meanwhile, The Federal Government have allegedly spent another 900 billion Naira within the last four years through the ministry of Power and Steel, under the watch of Babatunde Fashola.

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