Creating jobs should be government’s main approach to solving the employment crisis – the question is whether 4IR can support that. However, primary and high school teachers are not being provided with the training and development they need to be able teach a 4IR-geared education to learners.
This revolution is about more than just technology-driven change; it is an opportunity to help everyone, including leaders, policy-makers and people from all income groups to harness converging technologies to create an inclusive, human-centred future.
Technology democratises human capabilities
Technology won’t replace people – it will give them greater scope and capacity to add value to production and transport processes.
The fourth industrial revolution isn’t just a concept that’s a topic of conversation – it’s real and it’s changing the way that we live, work, and engage with government. It’s also creating new jobs that didn’t exist before, such as all the support staff that make your online shopping automagically happen from the time you click ‘pay’ to the time your goods arrive at your door.
South Africa’s unemployment rate – 1994 to early 2019
It’s changing the way that the South African government services its people – think of the Department of Home Affairs’ partnership with major banks to simplify the process of applying for and receiving identity documents and passports.
“There’s so much potential in the mobility environment, both through mobility as a service, and through the opportunities offered by electric vehicles.