On 3 February 2021, the two
organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster technical vocational education and training (TVET) regarding
critical technical and
digital skills to contribute to the employability of
the local workforce and enhancement of the quality of job profiles.
Through this partnership, Siemens will also be
part of the South Africa Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR-SA) and
will assist in positioning the C4IR-SA as a thought leader in innovative
digital technologies. The C4IR-SA, hosted at the CSIR, aims to mobilise
public-private partnerships to co-create enabling governance frameworks to
optimally harness the potential of 4IR technologies such as artificial intelligence,
blockchain and big data for societal advancement.
The cooperation will also focus
on piloting digital industry solutions in key sectors such as food and
beverage, water, cyber security and manufacturing. Piloting solutions for smart
and sustainable cities that are geared toward better and more equitable
livelihoods for all South Africans.
Speaking at the signing event,
CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini said the partnership with Siemens forms part of the
CSIR strategy which aims to foster partnerships with the private and public
sectors to respond to the needs of industry in order to
improve the lives of South Africans.
“We are very pleased to join
hands with Siemens in this huge and compelling task of ensuring that our
country does not miss out on the gains of the 4IR. The CSIR strategy requires us
to work very closely with the private sector to address the needs of industry
and society, and to use science and technology to fast track digital skills of
the future. To achieve this, the organisation is
leveraging emerging technologies, especially those rooted in the 4IR, as well
as its current capabilities and those of its partners,” said Dr Dlamini.
As South Africa strives to
rebound from the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the 4IR
provides an unparalleled opportunity for re-igniting economic growth, social
equity and environmental sustainability.
Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa CEO, Sabine Dall’Omo said the
accelerated digitalisation caused by the coronavirus pandemic requires
companies and society to respond faster and more efficiently to changing market
demands and in times of crises. “Siemens is proud to partner with the CSIR with
this initiative and is ready to deliver on the fourth industrial revolution
roadmap. Our goal as a company is to make sure that while we focus on
continuously adapting, we’re also contributing to uplifting and building a
sustainable economy,” said Dall’Omo.
To align with the World Economic
Forum’s (WEF) network of centers, Siemens has therefore developed a
comprehensive South Africa 4IR roadmap, which will empower the country to seize
the opportunities of digitalisation and especially Industry 4.0 solutions while
upskilling the South African workforce and creating new high-quality jobs.
Dr Dlamini said the 4IR has the
potential to create high-quality employment opportunities across South African
industries if South Africans are strategically skilled in future-oriented jobs.
“Our partnership with Siemens will foster vocational education and training on
critical technical and digital skills.”
environment is getting more entrenched in the constant technological evolution
and the industrial sector has been gradually integrating the use of automation
and connectivity in its everyday business practices. This involves the digital
transformation of industry to ensure that industrial processes become more
adaptable, flexible and efficient and allows businesses to meet customer’s needs
in the most reliable way,” ends Dall’Omo.