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ictBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed members of a Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to recommend policies, strategies and plans to position SA as a competitive player in the digital space.  

Several studies have shown that the 4IR — which involves a fusion of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated machines — has the potential to disrupt every industry.  A recent study by consultancy Accenture found that close to 6-million jobs in SA would be at risk over the next seven years due to automation.  The study highlighted that both blue- and white-collar jobs were at risk, including clerks, cashiers, bank tellers, construction workers, mining and maintenance staff.  Ramaphosa will chair the 30-member commission, the presidency announced in a statement issued on Tuesday.  The deputy chair will be Wits University professor Tshilidzi Marwala, whose expertise spans the theory and application of AI to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine.  Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who is the co-ordinator of the government’s 4IR programme, is due to convene an induction session with the appointed commissioners, after which the commission will have its inaugural meeting with the president.

  • Read the full original of the report by Bekezela Phakathi on the above at BusinessLive

Read the Presidency’s press statement on this matter at SA Govt News

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