Tag: 4th Industrial Revolution
The South African government has shifted its focus and resources to the 4IR. And it’s been prioritised over more mundane, but essential, policy interventions aimed at ensuring the more equitable inclusion of the populace into a modern, digital economy.
The gender digital gap in South Africa, and on the African continent more broadly, is only widening, with women having lower digital literacy, less access to internet based technologies, and less relevant online content to men.
With many of the issues that one is facing with the fast approaching 4th industrial revolution, data is one that many in South Africa can relate too. biNu has created a Data free campaign which is based on the concept of reverse billing and lessens the burden on mobile users accessing websites. biNu CEO, Stephen Newton is, former Head of Google South Africa and has recently entered into a partnership with MTN South Africa for his biNu venture. He joins CNBC Africa for more.
Due to the changing nature of work in the wake of the 4th industrial revolution, many jobs have been threatened by the implementation of automation. However, the World Bank Future of Work in Africa report revealed that jobs in Africa will mostly likely not be affected by new technologies. World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, Albert Zeufack joins CNBC Africa for more.
According to Brian Monakali, General Manager of Capital Planning at Transnet, the 4th Industrial Revolution will change the face of the freight service industry. He warns that if railways are not proactive and adapting- they will be less competitive and disrupted. Brian- who is also the Chair of the International Heavy Haul Association joins CNBC Africa to discuss the threats and opportunities of technology in the rail sector.
Universities will need to ensure that students are equipped for the fourth Industrial Revolution.
CNBC Africa's Fifi Peters spoke to the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams about the need to increase support SMEs and women in ICT.