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Tackling Industry 4.0 – The South African Context

 

Seedlab South Africa in collaboration with the Tshwane Economic Development Agency(TEDA) had the pleasure to host an Industry 4.0 thought-leadership seminar on the 8th of March 2018. The Seminar sought to unpack both the challenges and the potential that this next industrial revolution has to offer.

 The Seminar was hosted at the Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel in Centurion, where, against a historical backdrop, the speakers tackled the future of our manufacturing industry head-on. 

Fifty delegates, representing companies based in Tshwane made up the audience. Though the delegates were from a range of industries, such as manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and aggro-processing, it was clear that Industry 4.0 would ultimately affect all these sectors in one way or another.

The CEO of TEDA, Mr Solly Mogaladi, set the scene for the morning’s seminar with a warm welcome to the delegates. The panel of speakers included industry experts from both academia and business. Dr Lester Cowley from Nelson Mandela University, Keith Jones from Sw7 and Ansu Sooful from Aizatron provided thought-provoking insights and tons of great information for the audience. Seedlab’s Alecia Sewlal and Elli Gorgievska unpacked the current view of industry while providing inspiration with some trail-blazing case studies. Seedlab’s how-to of innovative strategy was also an engaging topic for delegates.

Clockwise from top left: Elli and Alecia kick-off the icebreaker, Alecia unpacks SA’s global position, Elli demonstrates that adoption of IoT can be complicated or simple, depending on what you’re trying to achieve and Dr Lester Cowley teaches us about the Industrial Internet of Things.

 A lively panel discussion closed the morning’s proceedings with the audience firing away with several interesting points and questions. The key take-away was that South Africa has significant challenges in terms of unemployment and addressing the skills gap. The partnership between private sector and government is key to addressing this challenge. It was also found that companies need to start engaging with Industry 4.0 in a meaningful way to ensure that we remain relevant in an industry that is becoming increasingly technologically advanced.

Panel Discussion

Seedlab South Africa would like to express our heartfelt thanks to TEDA, the delegates and the guest speakers for making the seminar such a wonderful success.

If you would like to know more about Industry 4.0, please get in touch – innovation@seedlab.co.za.