“We as a province refuse to be left behind, and as a country and continent, we must refuse to be left out.”
The premier noted the country is moving towards a future in which 41% of current jobs in the economy will be rendered obsolete by automation, while 35% of the skills considered important by today’s workforce will have changed beyond recognition and others will have disappeared.
Industry 4.0 is like a bullet train that is coming and t is up to the policy-makers to prepare and enable the masses to either get on board or risk being a casualty in its path, he pointed out. Therefore, we in Africa cannot be left behind.
“Our country must take a lead in ensuring we collectively harness the opportunities and navigate the challenges brought about by the advent of the fourth industrial revolution.
“This summit takes place at the right time because there is already evidence that many sectors of SA’s economy are undergoing digital transition, although not at a fast enough pace.
“For instance, the average ICT intensity of jobs in SA has increased by 20% over the last decade. Gauteng province is determined to play an important role as an economic engine of our country and industrial, technological and financial hub of Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Makhura continued: “The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and we must take action to prepare our nation fully for the new economy and new society.
“So we need a country strategy so that we don’t just muddle through, hoping that somehow we will survive.”
Spectrum in our lifetime
DCDT minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said South Africa has to invest in digital technologies and the skills required by Industry 4.0.
Going forward, the government will finalize the review of key policy frameworks, such as the ECA Bill, in order to make it responsive and adaptive to the fourth industrial revolution, stated Ndabeni-Abrahams.
“As announced by president Ramaphosa, we will soon issue the policy directive to enable ICASA to license high-demand spectrum…I know you are all waiting for it.
“This directive will also provide a legal framework for the allocation of spectrum to the private sector and other industry stakeholders.”
Last month, Ramaphosa once again promised the long-awaited policy crafting the path towards mobile spectrum allocation will be issued in July.
At the summit reiterated the release of the spectrum will be “released in our lifetime”.
He noted that providing infrastructure, including spectrum release, will enable the country’s digital ascendance and bring benefits to all sectors of the economy.
“The minister has spoken about the spectrum and she will be making those announcements. We are committed to releasing the spectrum and that is going to happen in your lifetime,” the president promised.
This article was culled from here