THE 2022 THENSA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WILL BRING TOGETHER EXPERTS FROM HIGHER EDUCATION, BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS 4IR-DRIVEN SOLUTIONS FOR OUR POST-PANDEMIC REALITY. SPECIAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS FROM DR ONKGOPOTSE JJ TABANE.
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government, industry and universities rushed to cooperate to mitigate the impacts of the crisis. South African universities collaborated with the national and local governments and industry to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the Central University of Technology (CUT), both THENSA member institutions, leading the charge. Overall, the South African government, industry and universities have weathered the storm unleashed by COVID-19. The responses to the pandemic’s disruptions are just the beginning of South Africa’s experience with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Yet the interventions developed by universities in collaboration with the government and industry may not be sustainable when looking at South Africa’s current innovation and industrial policies.
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