Frikkie Streicher, Business Development Manager at process instrumentation manufacturer Vega, says automation and Industry 4.0 presents huge opportunities for South Africa to start exploiting and beneficiating its natural resources cost-effectively and efficiently. “Automation could address challenges across industries – boosting manufacturing production and reducing injuries on mines. Companies like ours have pushed Industry 4.0 very hard, but the industry has been slow to invest, for several reasons. There are concerns about South Africa’s political landscape, concerns about potential job losses and their impact on labour forces, and infrastructure challenges. Large-scale investment in smart manufacturing won’t take place in an environment not perceived to be stable,” he says. Read more...