Big plans in store for 4IR, digital economy

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will on Thursday unveil the 4th Industrial Revolution in South Africa (4IRSA) partnership and plans for the inaugural Digital Economy Summit.

4IRSA is a partnership between Telkom and the Universities of Witwatersrand, Fort Hare and the City of Johannesburg, which seeks to stimulate and facilitate an inclusive national dialogue to shape a coherent national response to the 4IR.

It also aims to complement and support other national activities relating to 4IR - most notably the recently appointed Presidential Commission on 4IR.

The task of the commission, which is chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is to identify relevant policies, strategies and action plans that will position South Africa as a competitive global player.

As such, Ndabeni-Abrahams will use the launch on Thursday as an opportunity to introduce the commissioners who will serve on the commission.

The Minister will also unveil plans around the inaugural Digital Economy Summit, set to take place in June.

The media launch will include a presentation and handover of the 4IRSA process summary report and a panel discussion on “4IR challenges and opportunities for South Africa”. –