Cyril’s 4IR dream can come true. We must just tech these simple steps
With vision and leadership, SA could easily become a digital leader– and create many new jobs in the process
Last year was one of hype about the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) in SA. There has been talk of the potential for new technology as a “silver bullet” solution for SA’s development challenges.
But people have found it difficult to reconcile this rhetoric with the very real challenges in SA — intermittent power supply, a poorly performing education system and the reality that many South Africans are unable to access economic opportunities at all.
Despite these challenges, SA is already embracing digital and other technologies to create positive change in a number of areas. But this remains nascent and vulnerable, and has not scaled to the extent needed to change the course of the country’s development path. Many of these areas remain inaccessible to most South Africans...