ISBN 9781928509165
Pages 444
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2021
Publisher Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA), South Africa
Format Paperback
Digital Rights Open Access

Leap 4.0

African Perspectives on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

edited by Zamanzima Mazibuko-Makena, Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Leap 4.0: African Perspectives on the Fourth Industrial Revolution seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities the 4IR presents to South Africa and the rest of the African continent, especially to workers and marginalised sectors of society.

Authors examine the prerequisites for the successful introduction of the 4IR, including infrastructure, skilled personnel and appropriate regulation. They underline the importance of inclusive innovation, with a deliberate objective to create net new jobs and reduce inequality.

The 4IR is well established in many parts of the world, with technological advances driving profound social and economic change. However, for many developing countries, particularly countries in Africa, the 4IR may not offer the anticipated 'leap' forward. There is a danger that the continent may find itself dictated to by experiences that are not in tune with its social contexts.

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About the Editors

Zamanzima Mazibuko-Makena

Zamanzima Mazibuko-Makena, co-editor of this volume, is the senior researcher in the Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement Faculty at The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Erika Kraemer-Mbula holds the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development. She is currently a research associate at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, University of Ottawa (Canada), the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) at Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa) and a researcher at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) (South Africa).