Why Yunus Carrim is a great communications minister

The latest report from the Department of Communications (DoC) shows that it met most of its targets under minister Yunus Carrim

On 20 August 2013, communications minister Yunus Carrim presented a strategy and programme to the Portfolio Committee on Communications (PCC) a strategy and programme for the period until the 2014 elections.

The strategy focused mainly on the following sixteen areas:

  • A more effective DoC
  • A less fragmented and fractious ICT sector
  • Finalisation of the Broadband Policy, Strategy and Plan
  • An effective Spectrum Policy
  • A Policy Directive on Transparent Pricing Policy
  • Setting the foundations for further reducing the costs to communicate
  • Beginning the Roll-out of Digital Migration
  • Greater focus on Rural and other underserviced areas
  • National Address System
  • More effective SOC Oversight
  • Corporatisation of Postbank
  • ICT Policy Review Green Paper
  • National ICT Forum
  • Community Broadcasting Support Policy
  • Implementing the Legislative Programme
  • Merger of e-Skills organisations

The Department of Communications has now published a progress report to provide a summary of the key achievements as at 23 May 2014 – the end of the minister’s term of office.

Within the above-mentioned 16 focus areas, 19 specific major commitments were identified. The implementation of these 19 commitments were monitored and evaluated.

The DoC pointed out that some of the targets are ongoing and cannot be fully achieved as such.

“As per the graphs below, the Department fully achieved or almost fully achieved 14 of the 19 (73,7%) of the commitments, while 5 commitments (26,3%) targets were not achieved,” the DoC said.

“However significant progress was made on most of the targets not achieved,” the DoC added.

DoC commitments
DoC commitments

Moving forward

“The focus should in the months ahead be on achieving the targets not achieved. There also needs to be more focus on cybersecurity; youth and ICT; and women and ICT; and SMMEs and ICT,” the DoC said.

“We feel that overall we have, under difficult circumstances, done reasonably well, but we could have done better, and we certainly need to.”

The full report is available here: Department of Communications progress report – 23 May 2014

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