On Thursday, a number of South Africa's industry players and decision-makers in the digital sector will gather for the launch of 4IRSA (Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa) to lay a foundation for the June Digital Economy Summit.
Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the country's readiness for a digital economy.
She says government's aim is to ensure the population is sufficiently equipped to utilise technology more efficiently.
We are building the capable 4IR army which enhances the skills revolution that is required for people to be able to programme these machines, including making them.— Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, SA Minister of Communications
In the previous revolution, we consumed all the technologies that are programmed by other people and manufactured by other people.— Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, SA Minister of Communications
Ndabeni says government has made a conscious decision to include a variety of interest groups in the summit, including young people.
The aim is to ensure that every sector is represented.
It can't just be a technology issue. Agriculture and energy sector has to be brought on board, as well as health; because the only way to claim our space in the 4IR is when we are able to drive the digital transformation.— Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, SA Minister of Communications
When these sectors and young people who innovate every day are not involved, it means we are not going to make an effective impact in the country.— Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below: