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Opinion Piece: Industry 4.0 and the changing job landscape

By Tebogo Moalusi, Industrial Relations Director at Workforce Staffing The world as we know it is on the brink of a revolution, driven by emerging technologies that are set to fundamentally alter our lives in unprecedented and unanticipated ways. This shift to Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, hinges off the increasing pervasiveness of digitisation.

The Impact of Industry 4.0 on Africa’s Manufacturing Sector

Despite its status of a developing continent, Africa’s manufacturing space stands the opportunity to reap significant benefits from Industry 4.0, also known as “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Industry 4.0 represents the complete digitisation of factories and manufacturing facilities that will ultimately merge with the unique needs of individual customers, resulting in benefits such as customised product design, manufacturing processes and final delivery to maximise customer satisfaction levels. Furthermore, Industry 4.0 brings with it a multitude of other benefits for industrialists such as cost, productivity, profitability and operations that manufacturers are striving to control, streamline, optimise or enhance. Similarly, these opportunities extend to small and medium businesses to establish new business models and assimilate into international value chains.

Parliament hosts Industry 4.0 exhibition

Parliament is this week hosting an exhibition showcasing SA's readiness for the fourth industrial revolution. Government officials, including president Cyril Ramaphosa, have committed to developing a comprehensive action plan in response to Industry 4.0.

Africa Tech Week to give insights on Industry 4.0

The city of Cape Town, in partnership with the department of science and technology (DST), is set to host the inaugural Africa Tech Week which will introduce African small businesses to digital solutions and future business strategies and development. The conference offers deep actionable insight and actual solutions for tangible business strategy in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

No time for a ‘wait and see’ approach in SA manufacturing

Foreign investors and South African industry players seem to be taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to industrial and manufacturing growth, putting the country at risk of falling behind its neighbours. However, investment in automation now could help boost the manufacturing sector, with benefits for the country’s overall economic growth. This is according to automation industry stakeholders, speaking ahead of Africa Automation Fair 2019.