Robots edge closer to unloading trucks in Amazon-era milestone

2019-05-06 05:30

As FedEx and United Parcel Service beef up automation to keep pace with surging e-commerce and a potential threat from, they’ve been stumped at a crucial stage: loading and unloading trucks.

I, Robot: How South African consumers are living the fourth industrial revolution

2019-04-05 06:57

From shopping to streaming, PwC's latest global consumer survey shows how South Africans are not just shopping online, but are increasingly turning to apps and social media reviews to help inform their daily decisions.

We can't predict job losses due to the 4th industrial revolution - labour minister

2019-03-15 05:00

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says the amount of jobs which will be affected by the fourth industrial revolution cannot be predicted.

Preparing for the modern world together

2018-12-12 11:28

South Africa will not be able to meet its full potential if it is unable to turn the ideas its many bright minds generate into the products and services, which will support the country's industries of the future, writes Nigel Casey.

Postman, shopper, builder: In Japan, there's a robot for that

2018-10-20 11:00

Forget the flashy humanoids with their gymnastics skills: at the World Robot Summit in Tokyo, the focus was on down-to-earth robots that can deliver post, do the shopping and build a house.

Research shows agri renaissance possible for Western Cape

2018-09-19 06:16

An “agri renaissance” of higher yields, reduced costs and improved nutritional value is possible for the Western Cape, shows research by the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

INSIDE LABOUR: The need for a national conversation about youth

2018-06-15 06:00

There is little for today's youth to celebrate as they contemplate the present and their future prospects. But as their predecessors showed, change can be driven and political will can be awakened, writes Terry Bell.

Is humankind on the cusp of a second Renaissance?

2018-04-18 13:21

Individuals will have to learn from the past and become outward-focused future gazers in order to adapt to a changing future.

The implications of having an industrial revolution in one generation

2018-04-09 11:28

Educators have a vital role to play in ensuring that today’s employees learn useful skills and stay relevant in the coming decades, which will be marked by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Three truths for gearing up to the fourth industrial revolution

2018-03-01 06:00

Businesses which invest in partnerships with educational institutions stand a better chance of building a future-proof workforce, says Kumeshnee West.


Robots aren't taking our jobs; they're creating them – study

2019-04-13 09:34

More employers than ever – some 87% – are planning to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation for the third year running.

Sifiso Skenjana: An SA education strategy for the fourth industrial revolution

2019-03-26 05:00

If the skills required for industry are evolving, then education models and methods should evolve as well, says Sifiso Skenjana.

The future of work – golden opportunity or potential disaster?

2019-02-19 13:30

The implications of a changing future world of work lie beyond the insomnia of business people. The accelerated automation of work threatens employment and the social contract underpinning society, writes Deidre Samson.

You have six days to get nominated for The Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution – and fix almost everything digital in South Africa

2018-12-04 15:41

The freshly renamed Digital Industrial Revolution Commission is urgently looking for people to figure out how to cut data costs, build digital skills, encourage entrepreneurial SMMEs, innovate the school curriculum, and a couple of other not-so-minor jobs too.

Some of SA's top gamers will battle it out in FIFA and Tekken in Soweto this weekend

2018-10-17 13:28

The expo seeks to bridge SA's digital divide.

Unions will have say on rise of the machines, minister vows

2018-09-10 14:06

Minister of Science and Technology Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane has said traditional jobs are already being lost due to automation and traditional commerce disruptions with the rise of electronic commerce and services.

Changing the face of education

2018-05-27 07:35

Sizwe Nxasana has embarked on a mission to prepare young minds for upcoming industrial revolutions.

Inside Labour: Sagarmatha - a wake-up call for labour

2018-04-13 06:00

The controversy surrounding Sagarmatha Technologies offers a clear analysis of what digital computing and artificial intelligence mean for the future of work and workers, says Terry Bell.

Inside Labour: The real question about the 4th industrial revolution

2018-03-23 06:00

A good life for all with the aid of machines requires a system in which robots, algorithms and AI function in the interests of all and not for the profit of the few, says Terry Bell.

Cutting data costs a government priority - Patel

2018-02-20 10:08

Government will prioritise bringing down data costs as part of developing an economy in line with the fourth industrial revolution, says Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel.

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