For two days, on 19 and 20 October 2022, 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, that 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.
Professor 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 focussed on readying both the South African job market and the workforce for the unfolding future of work.
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.”
Prof Maluleke said he looks forward to what promises to be robust discussions around the Future of Work, which will also benefit the student community locally and internationally.