Yunus Carrim: Getting to know your new minister of communications

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Minister Yunus Carrim, our new minister of communications, has been a minister since 2009. Between then and now, he’s held the position of Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Before then, he was a member of parliament since the 1994 elections.

While in parliament he held chairperson positions at the justice and constitutional development portfolio committee, the public enterprises portfolio committee, provincial and local government portfolio committee, and membership of legislatures adhoc committee.

Before that he held various positions in government, and one in academia – a senior lecturer at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Carrim studied at the University of Warwick, in the UK, for a honours and masters in sociology. He also holds and international diploma in journalism, from the Darlington College of Technology.

Sadly, none of his previous experience includes any work in the technology sector. Indeed, Arthur Goldstuck from World Wide Worx tweeted, following Carrim’s appointment, “Yunus Carrim replaces Dina Pule as Minister of Communications. No ICT track record, so needs strong, clued-up team.”

 

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.

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