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.