Parliament, Parliament will tomorrow launch an exhibition to showcase South Africa's readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR). The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and its entities, including the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will be among the exhibitors showcasing research and development being done as part of the FIR.
Held under the theme, "4th Industrial Revolution: Demonstrating South Africa's Readiness", the exhibition will run from 12 to 14 February, culminating in a roundtable discussion on 15 February.
The exhibition is also supported by other government departments and industry, and will feature projects such as the Wheat Breeding Platform based at the University of Stellenbosch, and technologies involving 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence and big data.
South Africa's response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution is informed by the country's socio-economic imperatives, and Parliament has noted that the national system of innovation (NSI) has been active in developing a range of technologies designed to address real-life South African problems.
Members of the media are invited to view the exhibition, participate in demonstrations of robotics, machine learning and attend the roundtable discussion.