On July 5 2019, at the inaugural fourth industrial revolution (4IR) summit in Midrand, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans to “unlock economic potential and create a Silicon Valley” in SA. A good thought and strong words, although not actually backed up by parliament or legislation.

However, with a few small shifts this vision may well turn into a powerful economic reality should a simple strategy be implemented by the government of the day. Covid-19 may provide the perfect opportunity for the grand vision to come to pass...

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