Telkom, Wits University, University of Johannesburg and University of Fort Hare have launched #SA4IR – a partnership to explore how the Fourth Industrial Revolution could shape the futures of South Africa.
The #SA4IR will explore the impact of the 4IR on the economy and the new digital Economy; higher education and the future of work; inequality; citizens; society and the state; and other critical factors.
It seeks to build an inclusive developmental future for all South Africans by stimulating a national dialogue and developing a national agenda in response to the impact of the 4IR on the country.
Ultimately, it is envisaged that a national action plan – SA4IR – will be formulated.
“The 4IR is transforming the world economy and dialogue around its implementation is imperative to ensure South Africa’s future economic participation,” says Mr Sipho Maseko, CEO of Telkom SA Ltd.
“When we consider the 4IR, it’s important that we are also cognisant that our decision are narrowing the current digital divide. Lowering the cost of access to broadband will be an important way that marginalised groups can gain access to the economy of the future.”
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal, said the 4IR is changing our political, economic and social lives. Those who master the means and ways of the 4IR shall thrive.
“Those who fail to master this revolution shall be thrown into the dustbin of backwardness. We at UJ intent to lead this revolution for the benefit of our societies.”