South Africa

South Africa Country Case Study

The 4th Industrial Revolution presents a vital opportunity for industrial development in South Africa. However, the 4IR is also likely to marginalise the poor and the disadvantaged, who will not be able to keep abreast of rapid technological advancement and innovation. The use of 4IR technologies can make farming more efficient and cost-effective and increase yields whilst reducing costs. Furthermore, there is a significant gap to be addressed by connecting small farmers to the agribusiness and to commercial agriculture and by giving them access to the necessary technologies to improve productivity and increase outputs. With regard to regional integration, if the SADC region priorities to unlock the 4th Industrial Revolution are related to digital infrastructure and connectivity, affordability, skills and awareness, entrepreneurial development and local content.


Alison Gillwald, Enrico Calandro, Francie Sadeski, Matthieu Lacave