All knowledge and support partners will be requested to facilitate the activities of the Centre through in-kind. Knowledge and support partners may enjoy certain benefits of project-level partners, depending on the contribution agreed upon.
⦁ Knowledge partners will be drawn from academia, government, small business and civil society groups that are relevant to individual priority areas in the C4IR South Africa. Knowledge partners will be called upon to provide information (academic, industrial or social) that is relevant to a particular project or priority area as a whole. They will be invited to participate in working groups on projects, as well as broader discussions facilitated by the Centre.
⦁ Support partners are parties with a specific interest in providing a support role or more to the Centre, such as facilitating the events and meetings of the Centre or providing technological support to a range of projects in that portfolio. Support partners are required for the practical knowledge of the implementation and necessary governance of a particular technology or group of technologies.
The strength of the C4IR South Africa lies in multi-stakeholder-driven co-development of frameworks and policies. Participants in policy and framework development and piloting will be drawn from a broad spectrum, including government, the private sector and civil society participants with a vested interest in the ethical, sustainable and responsible implementation of technologies that have both economic and societal benefit for the country, region and ultimately the continent.
The C4IR South Africa is open to partners and projects from science councils, civil society, public and private sectors. Partners must agree to share resources that support the Centre’s operations, including knowhow, brand and funding.