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Publication of 4IR Commission report gets cabinet's approval

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Government has accepted the release of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PC4IR) report in the Government Gazette.

The report makes proposals to revive the country’s economy and improve global and continental economic competitiveness to enhance inclusive growth.

The key drivers of the PC4IR Strategy include economic competitiveness, responding to service delivery challenges, human capacity investment and responding to COVID-19.

“This gives effect to the 2018 State of the Nation Address, which directed that a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission would respond to rapid technological advances and ensure the nation’s prosperity,” Cabinet said in a statement following its virtual meeting on Wednesday.

SASSA online service

Cabinet has also welcomed the launch of the online grant application portal by SASSA, which allows applicants to submit documents on the website https://services.sassa.gov.za.

The website, which will initially focus on Child Support, Older Persons and Foster Child grants, will save potential beneficiaries transport costs and the inconvenience of standing in queues. With the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 still a reality in South Africa, offering this service will remove that risk of being infected while waiting in line.

“Cabinet encourages new applicants to use the self-service, as it helps to eliminate the potential risk of contracting COVID-19 at overcrowded public places.”

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