All roads lead to the National Dialogue on Future of Work - UNLEASHING THE TUT VISION FOR FUTURE-READINESS

by Phaphama Tshisikhawe

5 October 2023

For two days, on 18 and 19 October 2023, the Tshwane University of Technology’s Institute for the Future of Work (IFoW) will host the National Dialogue on the Future of Work. The event, which will be hosted at Time Square (Sun Bet Arena), Menlyn Maine Pretoria, will be dedicated to addressing the most pressing and important issues pertaining to the changing nature of work in the 21st Century. When viewed from a South African perspective, these issues will include the digital divide, connectivity, access to technology, as well as the impact of automation, blockchain, the Internet of Things and AI on the future of work.  

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Captains of industry, academic thought leaders on the changing nature of work, 4IR specialists, policy makers, government officials, students and civil society will attend and address the Dialogue. 

During the two-day-long dialogue, stakeholders will, amongst other things, develop solutions with a focus on human productive capacity. The general approach will be pragmatic, solutions-oriented and focused on readying both the South African job market and the workforce for the unfolding future of

Attendees will receive insights from renowned thought leaders, participate in high-impact discussions on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, network with professionals, academics, and industry experts and also develop strategies for shaping South Africa's work landscape.

Aligned with IFOW’s focus as an ideation hub for global public-private collaboration and invention, the dialogue will also explore further collaborative efforts necessary for innovation, policy shifts and institutional arrangements, as well as facilitating a new environment for new forms of economic activity to thrive. 

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, said TUT’s National Dialogue on the Future of Work is one of a kind, an event not to be missed and a dialogue that speaks to the heart of the mandate of universities of technology. 

In a context where the world of work is changing, Prof Maluleke added that; “We have no choice but to ensure that our students and graduates are appropriately skilled and prepared for the future of work. This means that our students must find jobs quickly or invent jobs just as quickly. The nurturing and production of such caliber of students is a key strategic goal of the 4IR dialogue”.

Institute for the Future of Work, an initiative of the Tshwane University of Technology.

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