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Professor Chris Adendorff of the Nelson Mandela University Business School, who specialises in Future Studies has been appointed by President Ramaphosa to the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).









Prof Chris Adendorff (from left), Alumnus Baxolile Mabinya and Adjunct Professor Andile Ngcaba.

The mandate of the Commission is to advise the government on policies, develop a framework for implementation of a multi-sectoral strategy; coordinate, monitor and evaluate multi-sectoral initiatives that will position South Africa as a globally competitive player in 4IR.

The commission comprises representatives from key sectors such as banking, agriculture, science and technology, academia, the private sector and labour organisations.

Prof Adendorff has also been invited to attend a media launch of the 4IRSA Partnership and South Africa’s first Digital Economy Summit on 11 April in Johannesburg. The launch will include a presentation and handover of the 4IRSA sector workshops’ summary report; and panel discussion on “4IR challenges and opportunities for South Africa.”

In addition, two other members included on the Commission are connected to our University, Alumnus Baxolile Mabinya and Adjunct Professor, Andile Ngcaba. Baxolile completed his Master’s in Commerce: Computer Science and Information Systems (cum laude) in 2007 and is currently a Director at a digital technology company, Deviere. He was also a recipient of our prestigious Alumni Rising Star Award in 2014.

Andile is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computing Sciences. He is Chairman, founder and majority shareholder of the investment group, Convergence Partners and currently lives in Silicon Valley in the United States.

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