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UJ, Kagiso Trust gearing education system for the 4th Industrial Revolution

With technology rapidly changing our economic, cultural and social realities, the question of how to prepare the younger, and even the current, generation for the fourth industrial revolution has been a pressing issue for contemporary higher education.

“How do we educate for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Are our education systems and programmes relevant to the Fourth industrial revolution? And if not, how do we reconstruct our education systems so that they are?” these were the sentiments shared during the Education Conversations Series on Tuesday, 24 July 2018, at UJ’s Soweto campus.

Facilitated by radio and television entrepreneur, Masechaba Ndlovu, the event unpacked how South Africa can prepare the education system for the fourth industrial revolution and contained presentations by Dr. Andile Mtotywa, co-founder and Director of Alchemy Hub; Dr. Caroline Long, Professor: Department of Childhood Education and Ms Sonqoba Maseko, Chief Operations Officer at Sifiso Learning Group.

“It is increasingly clear that the rapid development of technology has changed everyone’s economic, social and cultural status quo- which proves that 4.0 is a reality,” said Dr. Mtotywa.

The 4th Industrial Revolution is said to be ushered in by advancements in robotics, virtual reality, cloud technology, big data, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and other technologies. It is characterised by the fusion of technologies and the blurring of the lines between the physical, digital and biological aspects of life.

Also speaking was Dr. Caroline Long, pointing out that to prepare to take advantage of what 4.0 brings along, societies must redouble their efforts in educating the workforce of the future. “They can do this by addressing the need for continued and improved training in science, technology and mathematics subjects. It is these subjects that will lay the foundation of prosperity during the fourth industrial revolution.”

“Science and mathematics provide answers to so many of the fundamental questions of nature and enable citizens to gain a better understanding of the world around them,” explained Dr. Long.

The last speaker, Sonqoba Maseko emphasised that the education sector needs to look at how classrooms are attempting to adapt to the 4th Industrial Revolution and the tools they are using or considering. “There is a need to focus on ICT and future technologies, teacher education and lifelong learning for an adaptable and flexible education system.”

The exciting Education Conversations continued zooming in on the connections and disconnections in the education value chain which will influence success during the 4th Industrial Revolution. The first instalment in April saw a passionate debate by UJ students and other members of the public, following presentations by National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) CEO, Godwin Khosa, and Dr. Jacqueline Bachelor from UJ. Many agreed that Africa should develop and lead its own context-specific revolution instead of blindly jumping onto the bandwagon.

The Education Conversations is an initiative by the Faculty of Education and Kagiso Trust aimed at encouraging the education stakeholders, especially our students, teachers and both ministries of education to talk and create space for debates and discussions through which diverse voices can be heard focusing on what works and how to collectively advance the agenda for an improved and performing public education system.

 

Article source: https://www.uj.ac.za/newandevents/Pages/UJ-Kagiso-Trust-gearing-education-system-for-the-4th-Industrial-Revolution.aspx

 

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Sharing their Hearts of Gold: Kagiso Trust and SALGA

Sharing their Hearts of Gold: Kagiso Trust and the South African Local Government Association – Mandela Day

Kagiso Trust (KT, the Trust) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) spent Mandela Day at Takalani Home for people living with mental disabilities in Diepkloof, Soweto. Takalani provides care to 144 children with disabilities some of whom are orphaned and abandoned. The home has faced many challenges over the past two years and support is needed to keep home sustainable to provide much- needed care for the vulnerable citizens.

KT lives Mandela Day everyday through its development work and vision that aims to contribute towards a prosperous, peaceful, equitable and just society. The Trust’s programmes are all geared to making a positive change in society. The Trust is currently running the Heart of Gold campaign which urges all sectors to show their Hearts of Gold through acts of goodwill.

“Making South Africa a better country is not something anyone can do alone. When SALGA approached us to partner for this year’s Mandela Day, we appreciated it. We are strong believers in the strength of partnerships and working together for greater impact. As I stand here today and see so many of our colleagues who have given of their time to be here, I am humbled,” said Mankodi Moitse Chief Executive Officer of KT.

(Left to right) Kagiso Trust CEO Mankodi Moitse; Takalani Home Director Judgement Gumede; Takalani Home Employee; SALGA Executive Manager: Office of the CEO, Lance Joel; Takalani Home Employee

 

For the past nine years, SALGA has been doing its bit to share their Hearts of Gold through various initiatives and over 3000 people have benefited from these initiatives. “With an increase in unemployment, poverty, the widening gap between the haves and the have nots, youth being marginalised, women and children being victims of abuse, more collaborations and partnerships are needed to address these social challenges.” concluded Lance Joel SALGA Executive Manager: Office of the CEO.

The two organisations jointly raised R150 000 which was handed over by Ms Moitse and Mr Joel. The money will be used to purchase equipment and other items the Home is desperately in need of. Additionally KT and SALGA staff members made personal contributions which included sanitary towels, groceries, clothing, educational toys and books.

 

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Mandela Day Speech: Takalani Home for the Mentally Handicapped

Mandela Day Speech:

Takalani Home for the Mentally Handicapped | 18 July 2018

Delivered by Kagiso Trust CEO Mankodi Moitse

Sanibonani, Dumelang.

We are honoured to be here at Takalani today. Taking the tour this morning has been an eye opener for all of us.

Kagiso Trust’s vision is to contribute towards a prosperous, peaceful, equitable and just society. We are currently running the Heart of Gold campaign which urges all sectors to show their Hearts of Gold through acts of goodwill. Our programmes are all geared at making that positive change in society and, more often than not, our employees demonstrate their Heart of Gold by going above their call of duty as we work to overcome poverty.

As such, every day is Mandela Day for us at KT. Today, however, is special. It is special because we get to place the spotlight on amazing individuals who have demonstrated their Hearts of Gold, through thick and thin. We are aware of the great strain that Takalani has been through.

So to you, employees and volunteers of Takalani, we celebrate you. No one can undermine the amount of patience, will and love it takes to care for other people. Thank you for showing your Hearts of Gold; may you continue to do so.

Making South Africa a better country is not something anyone can do alone. We cannot do it alone. When SALGA approached us to partner for this year’s Mandela Day, we appreciated it. We are strong believer in the strength of partnerships: working together for greater impact. As I stand here today and see so many of our colleagues who have given of their time to be here, I am humbled.

I hope you all realise the power of working together to accomplish even those things that some say are impossible. There are many people in need of help and we can start by doing what we can. As we have done today. Having a Heart of Gold is just that: doing what you can to help those less fortunate.

In closing, I thank the staff of Takalani for preserving the dignity of its residents. We all deserve to be treated well and have our basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter taken care of. To the KT Family and SALGANS, thank you for digging into your wallets and cupboards; the donations you have made are appreciated. I hope this will not be a once-off exercise. Let’s make every day Mandela Day.

Thank you.

 

 

 

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Our Survey

We are conducting a study on “Factors and influences of developing an economically active citizen during the time of Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Please assist by completing the survey? It should take about 15 minutes of your time to complete:

Please click on the link below to start the survey:

http://www.kagiso.co.za/survey/economically-active-citizen-during-the-time-of-fourth-industrial-revolution/

Please kindly also forward this to your contacts to complete. Your participation is much appreciated.

 

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InBrief – May 2018 issue

The latest issue of our InBrief magazine is now available on our website.

Please have a look: http://www.kagiso.co.za/publications/

 

 

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Assistance Requested for Lwamondo High School

Dear partners and friends,

Lwamondo High School, one of the pilot schools for our Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) kindly seeks your assistance. Lwamondo High School, based in Limpopo, has consistently achieved over 80% since our pilot.

The school has 16 dilapidated classrooms, no school hall and requires desks for learners.

      

If you are able to assist, please email ccharlie@kagiso.co.za or call 011-566-1900. If you know anyone or any organisation that could assist, please share this post with them?

Thank you.

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Africa must lead, not follow, the 4th Industrial Revolution

The first installment of the Education Conversations for 2018, which took place in the Council Chambers of the Madibeng Building at the University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park, examined our understanding of the ‘changing world’ and unearthed the implications and impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) on our education system.

Facilitated by radio and television entrepreneur, Masechaba Ndlovu, the event sought to unpack how South Africa can ensure that it has the necessary skills to adapt and keep up in a fast-changing world and contained presentations by Godwin Khosa and Dr. Jacqueline Batchelor.

Attendees agreed with Ndlovu’s opening statement that the 4th IR has already fundamentally changed the way we live and learn and is continually challenging us to think and grow as young people.

The role of Africa in the previous industrial revolutions was questioned. A popular fear expressed among invited UJ students and members of the public, was that the continent would merely jump on the 4th IR bandwagon, instead of leading it.

Many in the audience felt that perhaps Africa should be formulating and developing a context-specific revolution – one that is specifically for Africa – instead.

Keynote speaker, Godwin Khosa who is CEO of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), legitimised these concerns during his presentation: ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution in Education and The Impact on Education Development Implementation.’

Over the course of 45 minutes, he questioned how education would help bridge the gap between global technological developments and how our kids would be able to navigate in an increasingly complicated world.

“The world is complicated by, among others, technology. How we teach and prepare our kids for the 4th IR – and even the 5th IR – goes beyond technology,” he said.

Khosa further explained that all industrial revolutions were translated in the education space and stressed that no matter how the world evolved, reading and writing would continue to be vital criteria.

“Last year we spoke about how our kids are not reading. Seventy-eight percent of our kids are not reading for meaning. Part of the question is whether reading is important in the 4th and 5th IR’s? Realistically, it is going to be a window into these revolutions,” he stated.

He said STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is evolving into STEAM as it now included the Arts. “The arts are coming back and we are trying to bridge the gaps and be flexible in our response to the various revolutions.”

Khosa explained that in all of the industrial revolutions that have already taken place, the kids of the wealthy and high-class were successfully able to navigate through them.

“They were the first to get to grips with them. It is not any different today. We need to make sure the children of the poor are not left behind, as the speed of development is astronomical. We should also avoid having Africa follow the rest of the world instead of leading this revolution. In this industrial revolution and in the next, we have to help the children of the poor not to be left behind.

“The possibility of leaving them behind is much greater now because the 4th IR is happening much faster than the previous three IR’s did,” he cautioned.

To view Mr Godwin Khosa’s presentation, please click the image below or Click Here

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Education Conversations: Mr Godwin Khosa’s Presentation

Mr. Godwin Khosa (NECT) was one of the speakers at Education Conversations on Tuesday 17 April 2018. The topic was: Understanding the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on the education system.

Please click the image below to find his presentation in pdf format or Click Here

 

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5 Ways Municipalities Can Enhance Service Delivery Through Data Optimisation

Delivery of free basic services to indigent people remains an ongoing challenge for South African municipalities. According to Paul Smith, Local Government Support at Kagiso Trust, this may be attributed to poor data management, which impacts on all aspects of functioning, from customer management to revenue collection. Here, Smith outlines how data optimisation can help improve service delivery to the country’s poorest households.

1. Understanding the customer base

Smith explains that although there is only one account holder in each indigent household, there may be many more residents within the households. Unless municipalities have an accurate grasp of who can afford to pay and who cannot afford to pay and maintained understand the scope of their customer base, they cannot plan properly for free basic service delivery.

2. Improving available information

Unreliable data makes it almost impossible for municipalities to deliver efficiently: understated indigent registers have implications in terms of debt for local government, while overstated indigent registers impact on revenue, Smith says.

3. Improving revenue collection and debt management

Municipalities’ ability to provide free basic services is negatively affected by inefficiencies related to revenue collection and debt management, as municipalities are expected to cross subsidize the cost of FBS with own revenue. Under collection of revenue compromises their ability to make payment to bulk service providers like Eskom and the water boards. Smith points out that, accurate data can help municipalities forecast revenues more accurately and implement effective credit control measures.

4. Enhancing internal capacity

Smith insists that municipalities’ optimal functioning depends on adopting an approach that focuses as much on staff development as customers. “No institution can operate efficiently if it is inadequately resourced; if skills, attitude and capacity are not at appropriate levels. Unfortunately, this is the scenario facing most of our municipalities. People development must therefore be a central pillar for any solution aiming to improve municipal  delivery of services . We need to ensure that staff are equipped, empowered and motivated to do their jobs properly. This will decrease municipalities’ reliance on external consultants and thus contribute to their sustainability.” Less emphasis must be placed on providing technical solutions to dysfunctional municipalities until municipal staff are suitably ready to embrace innovation and technology.

5. Creating an exit strategy for the indigent

The ultimate goal for municipalities is to help indigent citizens become economically active, increasing the municipal tax based and addressing social economic challenges. For this to happen, municipalities require data related to the skills, capacity and experience among their unemployed to feed into a well planned and executed Local Economic Development program.

Smith reveals that Kagiso Trust has developed a tool called the Kagiso Data Optimisation System (“K’DOS”), which helps municipalities validate their customer data through an online web interface, thus improving operational efficiency and billing accuracy and promoting local government sustainability.

 

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Chairman Reverend Frank Chikane on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A key part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is the opportunity it presents through the internet platform for inclusive growth in the African continent. Inclusive growth is a concept that advances equitable opportunities for economic participants during economic growth with benefits inclined by every section of society.

The vast and growing potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is yet to be fully grasped. The ICT sector, industry and governments have a responsibility to unlock its potential for citizen service delivery, customer experience and innovative solutions, for a better life for all.

Q & A with Reverend Frank Chikane

How do you think government and industry can begin to unlock this potential?

The Future of Jobs and skills in Africa report suggests that, to prepare for the future of work, the region (Africa) must expand its high-skilled talent pool by developing future-ready curricula, with a large portion of that focusing on STEM education – interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world.

What role does the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services, need to play in preparing learners and citizens to be equipped to take advantage of opportunities within the Fourth industrial revolution? And does South Africa have the right policies, legislations and regulations in place to support the skills and infrastructure needed?

Leadership and governance both in the public and private sector will play a critical role in South Africa’s readiness for the fourth industrial revolution. The Departments of Education and Science and Technology and private sector initiatives in research and development are critical in this regard. New policy perspectives, laws and regulations will need to be developed to create conditions conducive for this development. Recent corruption, maladministration and collusion in both sectors has made South Africa vulnerable for investment and contributed to low economic growth. This must change radically.

What type of leadership does the country need to propel our economy in an upward trajectory?    

One of the National Development Plan’s (NDP) objectives to be reached by 2030 is, “strong leadership throughout society that work together to solve our problems.”  I would add that the leadership will have to be visionary, innovative, and perceptive and think out of the box. Traditional leadership models will miss the opportunities occasioned by the fourth industrial revolution. Secondly, it is critical that we use public-private partnerships as they are a powerful lever for development in order to take advantage of the opportunities occasioned by this revolution.

What do you think are some of the limitations and opportunities for public-private partnerships in South African?

The greatest change South Africa faces is the divide between those in the public sector, who happen to be mainly black and historically disadvantaged, and those in the private sector who happen to be in the main white. No amount of goodwill from those who are in Government has changed the attitudes of those who control the heights of the economy. If we fail to break this wall and collaborate in taking advantage of the fourth industrial revolution we will find it very difficult to be at the cutting edge of the new economy.

The ANC has always maintained pro-poor policies to address poverty, inequality and unemployment which are also aligned to the NDP. Do you think the current ANC policies have insight and foresight of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?   

The current policies are steeped in the current economic paradigm which will be overtaken by new industries rendering what we are fighting about obsolete. The younger generation must be empowered to change the economic paradigm and discourse by moving into the new space of new industries within the context of the fourth industrial revolution. We must move beyond those who are fighting to keep and control the current economy by creating the new that is occasioned by the fourth industrial revolution.

What are the consequences of failure to take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution as the African continent?

I want to make it clear that there is no room for failure as failure will mean that Africa gets enslaved and colonised again as it is beginning to happen through the ports of Libya and other countries in the north of the African continent. Young Africans are being enticed to get on trips to better pastures which end up with them being bought as slaves and sold to sharks in Europe and the USA where they are treated as slaves. We need to return to the African renaissance vision by:

  • ending the senseless wars that are raging on the African continent, making strategic thinking and development impossible;
  • establishing participatory governments that create space for the younger generation to employ their creative potential to participate at the cutting urge of the fourth industrial revolution; and
  • reposition our educational systems to enable the younger generation to be innovative to find solutions confronting humanity today and into the future.

What do you think we should do to ensure that South Africa and the African continent are leaders in the emerging fourth industrial revolution?

We must bring together younger business people, economists, those who are in finance, banking, investment space, asset management, information technology, artificial intelligence, and so forth, to think together and develop strategies to enter this world of the fourth industrial revolution to find sustainable solutions to our economic challenges.  

 

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