As the government moves to prepare the country for the fourth industrial revolution, the department of basic education says it will soon begin training teachers for a new coding curriculum. Concerns have been raised previously that SA’s education and labour system appears to not be ready for the inevitable shift to the fourth industrial revolution. ​ A recent study by global consultancy firm Accenture found that close to 6-million jobs in SA will be at risk over the next seven years due to automation. The study highlighted that both blue and white-collar jobs are at risk. These occupations include those of clerks, cashiers, bank tellers, construction workers, mining and maintenance staff. Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed members of a presidential commission on the fourth industrial revolution to recommend policies, strategies and plans to position SA as a competitive player in the digital space. In his state of the nation address in February, Ramaphosa emphasised the...

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