SA’s industry 4.0 centre set for September launch
23 Apr 2019 - by
South Africa’s affiliate facility of the World Economic Forum’s global Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre (C4IR) is set to open in September this year, according to Minster of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
The C4IR acts as a hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology.
The South African government, through the Department of Science and Technology, intends to establish its affiliate centre as a public-private partnership based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
“Any effort we make as a country to grow our economy will now largely be shaped by how quickly we are able to embrace and master the technologies associated with the 4th industrial revolution (4IR),” said Kubayi-Ngubane.
CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr Thulani Dlamini, said the council’s focus areas for 4IR includes applying technologies for improved service delivery, training the future workforce, and developing and implementing scalable 4IR infrastructure.