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4th Industrial Revolution Under the Spotlight

February 13, 2019

Department of Science and Technology

An exhibition on the 4th Industrial Revolution has opened in parliament.

In a statement, the science and technology department indicated that the exhibition demonstrates South Africa’s readiness to embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Department entities, including the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), are participating in the exhibition.

Research and development in robotics, additive manufacturing, big data, artificial intelligence, e-agriculture and other areas relevant to the new digital age are being showcased.

The science and technology minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, while touring the exhibition, declared that South Africa would “use the opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution to deal with poverty, unemployment and inequality”.

Dr Daniel Visser, research and development manager at the CSIR, highlighted the role played by the national system of innovation towards socio-economic development.

“This event with Parliament is an important showcase for agencies and entities in the innovation system to show decision-makers what is available. We need more of these interactions to show the private and public sector what the South African innovation system can do,” he said.