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pandorNews24 reports that Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor said on Thursday in her budget speech that her department was gearing itself up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  

She indicated that she intended to set up a multi-sectoral task team to advise the higher education sector on how it should take up the opportunities that would be presented.  Speaking at a prior press briefing, Pandor said:  "In 2017 my colleague, Minister (Blade) Nzimande, referred to the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  More recently, Professor (Tshilidzi) Marwala, the new vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, has written of the transformative potential of the various elements that are identified as part of the technological revolution that is happening right before our eyes.  It is vital for DHET to devote dedicated attention to these changes and their implications for our universities, colleges and community education and training.”  Pandor noted that there was a need to be responsive to the Fourth Industrial Revolution's range of technologies, not only for their influence in the scientific domain but in society as well.  "And that readiness has to be institutional, but also human resource readiness.”

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