On the back of our giving support, server space, web design tips, SEO tips and Social Media planning to a group of Alexander Road Pupils who are busy re-imagining their North End Beach Development Project (web site still under construction) MyPE welcomes the intention of government to introduce computer coding in South Africa’s education system, which Communications Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana announced on Wednesday.
“The time has come for us to introduce basic coding in our education system,” said the Deputy Minister.
Addressing the IBM South Africa annual Think Johannesburg conference at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Kekana said government acknowledges that for the country to fully reap the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, South Africa should invest in the needed infrastructure and skills.
“We must constantly assess how we future proof our children in a society that is constantly changing,” she said.
The Deputy Minister’s comments were also emphasised by IBM senior vice president for global industries, platforms and blockchain, Bridget van Kralingen.
“Everybody needs to be a coder,” said Van Kralingen, adding that one of the company’s eight research labs is in located in South Africa.
The IBM Think Conference is regarded as a flagship conference for innovators in the technology sector and focuses on topics like Artificial Intelligence (AI) cloud technology, the digital economy and blockchains, among others.
Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
IBM South Africa’s country general manager