Hangouts: Carrim answers your questions

Communications minister Yunus Carrim says mobile costs are too high and government will host a workshop next month to address the issue.

He also announced new policy direction on local-loop unbundling will replace the one issued by former communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri in 2007.

Carrim made the announcements in a live hangout hosted by the Mail & Guardian earlier on Friday, where a number of audience members and stakeholders in the industry video-ed in to ask the minister their questions. 

Watch highlights from the discussion below:

Carrim spoke to Mail & Guardian readers earlier this year, a week after being appointed about his general take on the job. But it was still early days for the new minister after the surprise appointment. Now, a month later, Carrim came back to the M&G newsroom to tackle more difficult questions about his plans for the department. 

Watch the previous interview below:

Carrim, the former deputy minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, replaced Pule in a surprise Cabinet reshuffle in July – the fourth in President Jacob Zuma’s five years in office.

The biggest losers of the reshuffle were the former ministers of human settlements Tokyo Sexwale, co-operative governance and traditional affairs Richard Baloyi, and communications minister Pule. They were replaced by Connie September, Lechesa Tsenoli and Carrim respectively. 

See our previous live videos here.

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