South Africa will soon establish a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission, which will include the private sector and civil society, to ensure that our country is in a position to seize the opportunities and manage the challenges of rapid advances in information and communication technology, President Cyril Ramaphosa disclosed in his maiden state-of-the-nation address, delivered on Friday.
“Our prosperity as a nation depends on our ability to take full advantage rapid technological change,” he said.
“This means that we urgently need to develop our capabilities in the areas of science, technology and innovation.”
He added that the drive towards the digital industrial revolution will be underpinned by the availability of efficient networks.
“We will finalise our engagements with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces the cost to consumers,” explained Ramaphosa.
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