The South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution


#CSIR75: C4IR South Africa Inaugual Webinar

The landscape and best practices in data policy to unlock fourth industrial revolution opportunities for socio-economic development in South Africa

Co-hosted by Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, Executive Manager: CSIR NextGen Enterprises and Institutions and Ms Khungeka Njobe, CSIR Group Executive: Business Excellence and Integration

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Affiliate Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa (C4IR SA), following a multi-stakeholder consultation, identified five focus areas, namely the Internet of Things, Robotics and Smart Cities; Blockchain and Distributed Ledger; Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Autonomous and Urban Mobility and Data Policy. These focus areas have the potential to positively transform sectors in the South African economy and address development challenges.

As part of its inaugural activities, the Centre has noted that data policy is key to unlocking the potential of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies globally and locally. The programme includes sharing of global best practices in data policy; a presentation on synthesis of the data policy landscape analysis, situation analysis, gap analysis and stakeholder needs and requirements. A process to develop a roadmap to initiate a data policy project by C4IR SA will be discussed. Stakeholders at the webinar will also be briefed on how to partner with the C4IR SA and projects in 4IR technologies of their interest.

Agile Policy Development

We’re co-developing and piloting governance and policy frameworks to keep up with the pace of technology evolution.

National and Global Cooperation for Impact

The Centre draws on private sector, government, academia and civil society to co-design technology governance frameworks.


Read the latest edition of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) magazine, ScienceScope.

This edition highlights some key issues of significance as the country starts to implement its fourth industrial revolution strategy. It also features CSIR people, research and development, as well as infrastructure.

Addressing challenges in South Africa and the Region

We address technology areas relevant to South Africa and our neighbors, that address our societal and economic needs.