Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa

The Network for Global Technology Governance

The Future of the Connected World: Closing the digital divide for small and medium enterprises by maximising the use of Internet of Things technologies

The centre is a multi-stakeholder hub that works with its business partners to develop internal tools and governance frameworks for their innovations and influence regulatory policy; and with government and its entities to develop policy frameworks and governance protocols to create an environment that opens the doors to new economic opportunities and accelerates the development and adoption of disruptive technologies.

C4IR South Africa is an initiative of the South African government, acting through the Department of Science and Innovation. The CSIR entered into a collaboration and affiliation agreement with the World Economic Forum (WEF) that enabled the centre to join a global network of the centres for 4IR (C4IR Network). The C4IR Network facilitate sharing of global insights and best practices in technology governance among members.

The purpose of the centre is to:

  • Create a collaborative platform for its business partners to work with government and academia to co-design, prototype, test and refine various enablers for the adoption of 4IR technologies; 
  • Build a national capability in technology governance with a focus accelerating the adoption of converging and transformative technologies’ effective regulation in the 4IR era;
  • Showcase inclusive digital transformation though provision assistance and advice to small, medium and micro enterprises on their digital transformation, and act as a platform to facilitate experimentation with processes and technologies to inform manufacturing strategies and business models; and
  • Catalyse industry transformation though its business and government fellowships that provide learning opportunities for employees, clients and the general public.

The focus areas of the centre are in strategic use of data to:

  • Boost Industry 4.0 in South Africa and the implementation of emerging technologies in industrial production and supply chains, aiming at the sustainable industrial development of South Africa, the region and the continent; and 
  • Transition South Africa towards a data-based digital economy to improve its competitiveness and become a relevant global player, as well as to accelerate digitalisation of government. 

Agile Policy Development

We’re co-developing and piloting governance and policy frameworks to keep up with the pace of technology evolution.

National and Global Cooperation for Impact

The Centre draws on private sector, government, academia and civil society to co-design technology governance frameworks.

CSIR SCIENCESCOPE VOL 17: FOCUS ON THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Read the latest edition of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) magazine, ScienceScope.

This edition highlights some key issues of significance as the country starts to implement its fourth industrial revolution strategy. It also features CSIR people, research and development, as well as infrastructure.

Addressing challenges in South Africa and the Region

We address technology areas relevant to South Africa and our neighbors, that address our societal and economic needs.

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Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 “Igniting conversations about science” virtual discussion on “South Africa and 4th Industrial Revolution governance” on 2 December from 09:00 – 10:30. Our third panellist, Ms Nomso Kana, is an entrepreneur in the broadband infrastructure sector. For more info and to register, visit www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event #4IR #4IRSA ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 “Igniting conversations about science” virtual discussion on “South Africa and 4th Industrial Revolution governance” on 2 December from 09:00 – 10:30.Our second panellist, Dr Charley Lewis, is a Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.For more info and to register, visit www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event #4IR #4IRSA ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 “Igniting conversations about science” virtual discussion on “South Africa and 4th Industrial Revolution governance” on 2 December from 09:00 – 10:30.Our moderator is Ms Harsha Desai, an Associate Director within the Strategy Practice focusing on Government and Public Services.For more info and to register, visit www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event #4IR #4IRSA ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 “Igniting conversations about science” virtual discussion on “South Africa and 4th Industrial Revolution governance” on 2 December from 09:00 – 10:30.Mr Sebastian Buckup, member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum and heading the Forum’s global network of Fourth Industrial Revolution Centres, will provide the keynote on “Introduction of the C4IR Network & Focus on South Africa affiliate”. For more info and to register, visit www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event #4IR #4IRSA ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 virtual discussion on “SA & #4IR governance” on 2 December from 09:00 – 10:30.
Our third panellist, Ms Nomso Kana, is an entrepreneur in the broadband infrastructure sector. For more info and to register, visit http://www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event #4IRSA

Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 virtual discussion on “SA & #4IR governance” on 2 December from 09:00.
Our second panellist, Dr Charley Lewis, is a Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of SA.
For more info and to register, visit https://www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event #4IRSA

Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 virtual discussion on “SA and #4IR governance” on 2 Dec from 09:00.
Our moderator is Ms Harsha Desai, an Associate Director within the Strategy Practice focusing on Government and Public Services.
http://www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event

Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 virtual discussion on “SA and #4IR governance” on 2 Dec from 09:00.
Mr Sebastian Buckup, Head of Affiliate Centers, C4IR @wef will provide the keynote on “Introduction of the C4IR Network & Focus on SA affiliate”. http://www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event

Join the #C4IRSA for a #SFSA2021 “Igniting conversations about science” virtual discussion on “SA & #4IR governance” on 2 Dec from 09:00.
Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa, C4IRSA Centre Head, will provide a welcome & intro to the session.
For more info & to register: http://www.innovationbridge.info/ibportal/innovation-bridge-event

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