- SA Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has come forward to assure citizens that the 4th Industrial Revolution won’t cost jobs
- Ndabeni-Abrahams also encouraged tech businesses to prioritise people over profits
- The Communications Minister addressed crowds at Uber’s Tech4Safety summit recently
Communications Minister for South Africa, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, addressed attendees recently at the world’s first ever Uber Tech4Safety summit.
The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) was brought up and discussed at length by Ndabeni-Abrahams.
The Communications Minister assured South Africans that the 4IR will not cost citizens their jobs and encouraged locals to embrace the new horizon of technological change, The Sowetan Live reported.
"We want people to able to relate to technologies and how they can change their lives. I will make sure people don't lose their jobs and don't miss out on technological advancements," Ndabeni-Abrahams told those gathered at the recent summit.
The SA Communications Minister went on to explain that South Africans shouldn’t see the 4IR as a threat but rather as an opportunity to upskill and modernise.
“How can you invest in your people to upskill them so they don’t miss out? Let’s make sure everybody is ready to participate meaningfully in 4IR. It must not come here as a threat. We have to make people understand that yes, certain jobs will be lost, but new jobs will be created,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said.
According to IT Web, the Minister also cautioned tech companies, telling them that people need to be prioritised over the business’ profit.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ndabeni-Abrahams seemed hopeful about South Africa’s participation in the 4IR.
The Minister assured that South Africa won’t miss out on this revolution.
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