The South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Partnering with the South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The strength of the C4IR-SA lies in multi-stakeholder driven co-development of frameworks and policies. Participants in policy and framework development and piloting will be drawn from a broad spectrum including government, private sector and civil society participants with a vested interest in the ethical, sustainable and responsible implementation of technologies which have both economic and societal benefit for the country, region and ultimately the continent.

Tier 1 – Core Members

Core Members will have a broad interest in the development of technology governance frameworks across all priority areas of C4IR-SA. Core Members will form the C4IR-SA Governance Board, which will promote, inspire, guide and monitor the activities of the centre. Core Members will have have the option to actively participate in the co-development of technology governance frameworks or policies and will have access to the results of projects prior to public dissemination.

Tier 2 – Project Partners

Project partners are parties with a specific interest in one or more of the priority areas in C4IR-SA and the associated projects in that portfolio. Project partners are required for the practical knowledge of the implementation and necessary governance of a particular technology or group of technologies. Project partners will have the option to sit on the Advisory Committees for their respective priority areas, which will guide and monitor the development of the portfolio and its projects. Project Partners will also be encouraged to actively participate in the co-development of technology governance frameworks and specifically to facilitate the piloting of frameworks and policies.

Tier 3 – Knowledge Partners

Knowledge Partners will be drawn from academia, government, small business and civil society groups relevant to individual priority areas in the C4IR-SA. Knowledge partners will be called upon to provide information (academic, industrial or social) relevant to a particular project or priority area as a whole. Knowledge Partners will be invited to participate in working groups on projects as well as broader discussions facilitated by the centre.

All partners will be requested to facilitate the operations and activities of the Centre through in-kind and/or financial contribution, the latter being in the form of Membership fees. These fees are required for the day to day running of C4IR-SA and affiliation with the C4IR global network. The membership fee can decrease in subsequent years depending on the number of partners.  In return partners will benefit from early access to rules and guidelines for the application technology in the region. All formal partners of the South African C4IR (through C4IR-SA staff) will have access to the Forum’s global platform of experts across regions and industry sectors including the C4IR Network’s Project Communities and Global 4IR Councils to share learning and insights on emerging technologies. Additional benefits for the various partnership levels are further described in below.

Partnership models and benefits

Benefit/Obligations Core Members Project Partners Knowledge Partners
Option to send Fellows a Request to send a Fellow for each project under the platform that has been selected as an engagement point X
Projects led/ participated in Option to request participation in any project under the platform Option to request participation in each project under the platform that has been selected as an engagement point Will be invited to participate in projects at the discretion of the centre
Participation in select Centre workshops and meetings a a a
Option to send Fellows to any Centre in the C4IR Network X X X
Participation in select C4IR Network Centre workshops and meetings Facilitated participation through C4IR-SA Facilitated participation through C4IR-SA X
Access to WEF Strategic Insights platform Limited licenses will be available to Core Members Access through C4IR-SA staff Access through C4IR-SA staff
Access to WEF global panel of experts (Toplink) Limited licenses will be available to Core Members Access through C4IR-SA staff Access through C4IR-SA staff
Participation in Southern African Technology Governance Forum a a a
Participation in Global Technology Summit a (limited availability and subject to C4IR approval) X X
Participation in restricted workshops and events a (First Preference) a (Second Preference) a (By Invite)
Membership Fee R 2 000 000 (Annual) R 500 000 per area of engagement (limited to 2 areas) R 75 000 (Annual)
In Kind Contributions Maximum of 20% of membership fee.. (Centre related Manhours excluded) Maximum of 20% of membership fee. (Centre related Manhours excluded) Negotiable: manhours, consultancy, funding technology pilots etc