The former Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, appointed a multi-sectoral task team on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for education in South Africa.

According to Business Day, the task team was appointed by the former Minister, before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his new cabinet, in which Pandor was reshuffled to Minister of International Affairs, with the new Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, now Blade Nzimande.

“We are in the age of the pervasive influence of emerging technologies and artificial intelligence and need responsive skills to benefit fully,” said Naledi Pandor, in her budget speech.

Business Day adds that the task team will continue the work towards what it was appointed for, which is to advise the new Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology on how to manage the threats and opportunities posed by 4IR.

The publication continues to say that the task team is expected to identify the priority areas and interventions that should be undertaken by the Minister to advance digital skills and absorption by the industry.

The team is chaired by Bo Xing from the University of Johannesburg’s Institute for Intelligent Systems, and has been given until January 2020 to finalise its work and submit its report to the Minister.

[Source – Business Day] [Image – Daniel Chen on Unsplash]