The South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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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, the private sector and civil society participants with a vested interest in the ethical, sustainable and responsible implementation of technologies that 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. They will form the C4IR-SA Governance Board, which will promote, inspire, guide and monitor the activities of the Centre. Furthermore, they will 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 specific interest in one or more of the priority areas in the C4IR-SA and the associated projects in that portfolio. They are required for the practical knowledge of the implementation and necessary governance of a particular technology or group of technologies. Moreover, they 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. They 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. They will be called upon to provide information (academic, industrial or social) relevant to a particular project or priority area as a whole. Additionally, they 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 the 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 learnings and insights on emerging technologies. Additional benefits for the various partnership levels are further described below.

Partnership models and benefits

BENEFIT/OBLIGATIONSCORE MEMBERSPROJECT PARTNERSKNOWLEDGE PARTNERS
Option to send FellowsYRequest to send a Fellow for each project under the platform that has been selected as an engagement pointX
Projects led/participated inOption to request participation in any project under the platformOption to request participation in each project under the platform that has been selected as an engagement pointWill be invited to participate in projects at the discretion of the Centre
Participation in select Centre workshops and meetingsYYY
Option to send Fellows to any Centre in the C4IR NetworkXXX
Participation in select C4IR Network Centre workshops and meetingsFacilitated participation through C4IR-SAFacilitated participation through C4IR-SAX
Access to World Economic Forum (WEF) Strategic Insights platformLimited licences will be available to Core MembersAccess through C4IR-SA staffAccess through C4IR-SA staff
Access to WEF global panel of experts (Toplink)Limited licences will be available to Core MembersAccess through C4IR-SA staffAccess through C4IR-SA staff
Participation in Southern African Technology Governance ForumYYY
Participation in Global Technology Summita (limited availability and subject to C4IR approval)XX
Participation in restricted workshops and eventsa (First preference)a (Second preference)a (By invite)
Membership feeR2 000 000 (Annual)R500 000 per area of engagement (Limited to two areas)R75 000 (Annual)
In-kind contributionsMaximum of 20% of membership fee. (Centre-related man-hours excluded)Maximum of 20% of membership fee. (Centre-related man-hours excluded)Negotiable: man-hours, consultancy, funding technology pilots etc.

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.

CSIR SCIENCESCOPE VOL 17: FOCUS ON THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

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.