Communications Dept 'relatively weak'

Yunus Carrim says there is a lot to be done to get the department back on track.

Communications minister Yunus Carrim. Picture:GCIS

CAPE TOWN - New Communications Minister Yunus Carrim says his main aim is to put his department on a firmer footing so it can perform better from 2014.

Carrim replaced former communications minister Dina Pule in President Jacob Zuma's cabinet reshuffle in July.

Carrim, who is the former deputy minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, has just eight months in office before next year's elections.

Carrim briefed parliament's portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday.

Carrim found a troubled department that he says is "relatively weak and divided" but he says there is hope.

"For all its inadequacies, the department is certainly capable of doing better and it should."

Carrim also wants to make strides in improving broadband and cutting cell phone and data costs and removing obstacles delaying the migration from analogue to digital television.

"Whatever we do in this period needs to relate and where necessary set the basis for far more effective service delivery in the 2014-2019 time."

Carrim says the communication sector is vital to the health of the economy.