Digital Industrial Revolution Commission in the Pipeline

The Presidency

A Digital Industrial Revolution Commission will soon be established.

President Ramaphosa confirmed this during an address at the Discovery Leadership Summit 2018 in Johannesburg.

The president pointed out that the “rapid technological advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are fundamentally changing the nature, profile and location of work”.

“We need to be ready not only to adjust to this reality, but to play an active role in shaping the new world of work,” he said.

The envisaged Commission will develop a comprehensive national plan to enable South Africa to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

According to the president, a key focus area for the plan must be the availability of suitable skills, in particular amongst the youth.

As regards land reform, the president emphasized that the lack of access by black South Africans to land and other assets contributed to economic exclusion.

“Without assets, most South Africans are unable to accumulate wealth, are unable to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, and are unable to finance whatever entrepreneurial ventures they may conceive.”

Accelerated land reform provides South Africa with an opportunity to address economic exclusion.

“Through fair, transparent and comprehensive land reform, we seek to unlock the full economic potential of our land and its people.”

The president also indicated that poor people in urban areas will be provided with affordable housing in areas that are located near to economic opportunities and social amenities.

“Accelerated land reform, undertaken within the framework of our Constitution and in adherance with the law, can be an effective catalyst for greater agricultural production, rural development, employment creation and broader economic growth,” he said.

Sabinet Cape Town Office