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Presidential Commission on the 4IR Up and Running

June 13, 2019

Department of Communications

13 June 2019

The Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution recently held its first work session at the University of Johannesburg.

The Commission was set up in April 2019.

In an earlier statement, the presidency indicated that the Commission will “assist government in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital industrial revolution”.

The Commission, chaired by president Ramaphosa, is tasked with identifying relevant policies, strategies and action plans to boost South Africa’s competitiveness in the 4IR.

The setting up of the Commission was announced during the State of the Nation Address in Parliament in February 2019.

In the latest statement, the communications department revealed that the first meeting was tasked with developing a high-level roadmap towards achieving the Commission’s set objectives as well as to establish and assign technical workstreams.

The communications minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, welcomed the swift action taken by the Commission to “concretise its workplan”.

The Commission will produce a strategy document to guide South Africa’s 4IR Vision by March 2020.

Extensive consultations with stakeholders will precede the drawing up of the strategy.

According to the department, president Ramaphosa will meet with the Commission within the next few months.