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Thursday, 29 November, 2018
Quote of the week
" “Digital technology will usher in a new economic era, exposing new sources of value and growth, increasing efficiency and driving competitiveness. For South Africa to rise to the challenge the country needs to recalibrate its economy and its workforce for digital, creating entirely new products, services and markets. And the time to do that is now.” "
- Dr Roze Phillips MD for Accenture Consulting in Africa
Comment of the week
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JOBS, SOUTH AFRICA, DIGITAL AUTOMATION AND WOMEN
“Machines do not consume things and whilst they can replace human work, they do not drive purchasing behaviour or contribute to GDP. Society will regress if humans can’t work, earn and spend. South Africa needs to learn how to ‘run with machines’.”
With 35% of all jobs in South Africa – almost 5.7 million – currently at risk of total digital automation within a mere seven years, the country could see a crippling effect compounded by a fragile economy and growing unemployment.
This is according to Dr Roze Phillips, Post Graduate Diploma in Futures Studies alumnus from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and MD for Accenture Consulting in Africa, who says that the country needs to act now to ensure that humans and machines can work together in the future.
“Our research shows that if South Africa can double the pace at which its workforce acquires skills relevant for human-machine collaboration, it can reduce the number of jobs at risk from 3.5 million (20%) in 2025 to just 2.5 million.”
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In July 2016, I attended my first Microsoft WPC event in Toronto, Canada, even though this was not a typical event for an HR person to attend. During my pre-event schedule preparations, I came across the Women in Technology (WIT) group, and signed up immediately for the lunch and various talks by WIT members, says Lauren Clark, Head of People, Mint Management Technologies.
When I committed to WIT Global that I wanted to bring this initiative back to SA and get a chapter going here, they were incredibly supportive and thrilled that finally they'd be formalising the first WIT chapter on the African continent. We have since been joined by Kenya and Nigeria, and we are in the process of setting up a second SA chapter in Cape Town.
On my return from Toronto, I quickly roped in my marketing colleagues and we laid out a plan to grow the WIT SA network by first raising awareness and gaining attendance from other Microsoft partners, and then by expanding our network through referrals and the "bring a friend" campaign.
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