4.0 industry concept.

Countries that do not anticipate and adapt to the changes of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) will be left behind and find themselves less competitive, President Cyril Ramaphosa says.

The President was responding to oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday.

He said 4IR is changing and reshaping practically everything that human beings do.

“[It is changing] the way we live, the way we interface with each other, the way we make things, the way we use the resources in the world, the way we communicate, the way we learn, the way we work and it is also having an impact on the way we govern and the way we do business.

“So its scope and speed are quite unprecedented. Countries that do not anticipate and effectively adapt to these changes will be less competitive and have greater difficulty in achieving sustained growth as well as employment,” he said. Read more...