n New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy - Demystifying the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Volume 2019 Number 75
  • ISSN : 1607-2820


In South Africa, ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is proving to be a catchphrase with tiresome longevity. In a radio interview not so long ago, the prominent South African columnist Peter Bruce exclaimed, “We’re actually in the middle of it, and we’ve done nothing about it!”1 To be fair, President Cyril Ramaphosa has in fact established a commission tasked with recommending policies and strategies to prepare for this “new frontier” if that counts as doing something. While Ramaphosa will chair the commission, some of its members are high-profile executives such as Calvo Mawela, the CEO of satellite television operator MultiChoice as well as Shameel Joosub, CEO of mobile communications giant Vodacom.

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