"Connectivity Infrastructure Is Main Driver Into 4IR" - Says SA Minister
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies for South Africa have declared that her government has prioritised the development and deployment of communications connectivity infrastructure as a means to "leapfrogging" the company into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
The Minister made this assertion during her presentation at the virtual Africa Tech Festival (which is part of the AfricaCom programme). Ndabeni-Abrahams said that the South African government overall objective is to enable its people to "participate meaningfully in the bourgeoning digital economy" and that Covid-19 is now making that prospect even more rapid.
Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams said that South Africa had gone further to launch its "SA Connect" Programme to make sure that "we connect people from where they are, taking fibre to the homes, taking fibre to the field…wherever people are at." She also mentioned that the government is ready to implement the roadmap of the nation's 4IR commission, once it is prepared.
According to the Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, on the back of the 4IR commission's recommendation, the government will "introduced a national digital skills strategy to develop human capital". and is in the process of gazetting a draft data and cloud policy to serve as a guideline for investment in datacentre infrastructure.