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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The #c4irsa will be part of the IST Africa 2022 Conference on Wednesday, 18th May 2022 at 13h45 CAT.Join Obakeng Hlatshwayo as he talks about the Centre's achievements to date and the way forward. Visit www.ist-africa.org/Conference2022/default.asp for more info. ... See MoreSee Less
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Join #C4IRSA Centre Head Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa for a discussion on the role of a digital maturity assessment in the #digitaltransformation journey at Expo 2020 Dubai UAE Expo2020_teamsa on 18 March 2022.For more info & to register: event10x.com/event/south-africa-pavilionJoin #TeamCSIR and the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa for a discussion on the role of a digital maturity assessment in the #digitaltransformation journey at Expo 2020 Dubai UAE Expo2020_teamsa on 18 March 2022. For more info & to register: event10x.com/event/south-africa-pavilion ... See MoreSee Less
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The #C4IRSA will be part of the IST Africa 2022 Conference on Wednesday, 18th May 2022 at 13h45 CAT.
Join Obakeng Hlatshwayo as he talks about the Centre's achievements to date and the way forward.

Visit http://www.ist-africa.org/Conference2022/default.asp for more info.

Join #TeamCSIR and the @C4IRSA for a discussion on the role of a digital maturity assessment in the #digitaltransformation journey at Expo 2020 Dubai UAE @TeamSA_Expo2020 on 18 March 2022.

For more info & to register: https://event10x.com/event/south-africa-pavilion

Catch #C4IRSA Centre Head Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa today at 11h30 on @Newzroom405 where he will be discussing the current spectrum auction. Don't miss it!

Join #C4IRSA Centre Head Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa and other esteemed speakers at today’s #nemisasummit plenary session on the future of government work from 11:30 – 13:00.
Visit https://www.nemisa.co.za/ for more info

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