The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, says that South Africa is getting to grips with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, although there is still a lot more to be done.

 

The Minister was speaking at the annual TT100 Awards held at the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park on Wednesday night. The awards showcase innovation and technological prowess in small, medium and large enterprises.  The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is the main sponsor of the Da Vinci Institute of Technology Management initiative.

 

This year's awards were held under the theme, "Celebrating Leadership". Minister Kubayi-Ngubane said that the transition would require leadership in both the public and private sectors to ensure that the Fourth Industrial Revolution led to a prosperous society.

 

"I am sure we agree that all of us, government and industry, need to work together to develop the necessary skills that will enable our society to adjust to the technological changes that are altering the way we live," said the Minister.

 

"As a nation, we will need to develop the capabilities to manage technology, innovation and people so that we grow our national system of innovation," said the Minister. She told the audience that the way they managed innovation within their organisations was inextricably linked to the overall performance of South Africa's national system of innovation.

 

Launched in 1991, the awards have become an effective vehicle for achieving growth and innovation advancement in the country, while raising awareness of the critical need for South African companies to embrace the management of technology, innovation and people in a sustainable manner.

 

The programme is in line with the DST's commitment to contribute to an inclusive national system of innovation by growing support for grassroots innovators and developing local innovation.

 

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.

 

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