Earlier this week President Cyril Ramaphosa, appointed 30 members to the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
According to SA News, the task team will be chaired by the President, to identify relevant policies, strategies and action plans that will position South Africa as a competitive global player.
“The commission will assist the government in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital industrial revolution,” said the Presidency.
The publication further added that the commission members are from different sectors of the society and reflect a balance in gender, youth, labour and business, including digital startups and entrepreneurs.
“Unless we adapt, unless we understand the nature of the profound change that is reshaping our world and unless we readily embrace the opportunities it presents, the promise of our nation’s birth will forever remain unfulfilled,” noted Ramaphosa.
The Presidency added that the Department of Communications will lead the operational support to the commission that will be provided by a secretariat of officials from various national departments.
“Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who is the coordinator of governments 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,” added the Presidency.
All profiles for the 30 commission members can be downloaded in an annexure provided by the Presidency.