Motlanthe: SA should not be afraid of fourth industrial revolution

Motlanthe: SA should not be afraid of fourth industrial revolution

- Kgalema Motlanthe has expressed optimism about South Africa's technological future

- He says that new innovations will improve citizens' quality of life

- However, automation is expected to lead to significant job losses as well

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Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has urged South Africans not to be afraid of the fourth industrial revolution.

He says the sweeping technological changes currently underway will improve quality of life for citizens.

Motlanthe made the comments while speaking at a Nasrec event on Monday.

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Motlanthe outlined what he saw as some of the positives that come from technological change, such as increased food production and and making work in general more efficient, according to Eyewitness News.

He said that he believed the fourth industrial revolution would be a boon to the entertainment sector, in particular. 

The former president was speaking at an event to launch a a programme aimed at equipping young people with technological skills, has gathered. The initiative is operating in partnership with the Gauteng government and Motlanthe's foundation. 

However, while Motlanthe expressed optimism about technological revolution, some reports paint a bleaker picture.

Automation, for example, has already eliminated several jobs and put thousands out of work across the globe, and is expected to continue to do so.

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Indeed, while new technologies tend to provide new jobs as well, it seems that the impending disruptions to the job market will be significant.

It remains to be seen how the South African economy will respond to mitigate the job losses.

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