How refreshing it was to hear President Cyril Ramaphosa talking about technology and telecoms and its central role in the future of SA’s development. His emphasis on the importance of the digital economy — especially the much-hyped fourth industrial revolution — and the need to revamp our education system to train our youth to embrace these “revolutionary advances in technology” is a long-needed vision. There is no doubt the knowledge economy and technology development are a growth force the world over, as hubs in unexpected places such as Israel, India, Ireland and Lithuania have demonstrated. Ramaphosa gave a stirring vision of the importance of these key sectors in his state of the nation address last week. “The world we now inhabit is changing at a pace and in a manner that is unprecedented in human history.” By way of comparison, in 2015 former president Jacob Zuma dedicated all of 41 words to the telecoms and tech sectors. From that somnambulant, the country was pleasantly sur...

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